The Rating of “Beyond the Black Rainbow” Goes up a Star on VHS

When I wrote about Panos Cosmatos’s Beyond the Black Rainbow a few weeks ago, I said that I would not be at all surprised to see it released on VHS by Mondo Video.

Six days later, it was:

Beyond the Black Rainbow VHS

As the VHS was a limited Mondo release, it sold out in moments. Even though my feelings about the film are complicated, I realize now that I would have loved owning it on VHS tapePretending Beyond the Black Rainbow is an old, forgotten 80s film is half the fun.

I’m not dropping $75 bucks on it, though.

You guys know of any other films that need a VHS release?


One thought on “The Rating of “Beyond the Black Rainbow” Goes up a Star on VHS

  1. My interpretation: The whole goal of Arboria was to realize some sort of transcendence using hallucinogens and new age religious rituals (pretty boilerplate 1960’s stuff). When that didn’t work, Mercurio kept the drugs and hocus pocus but also threw human experimentation into the mix.
    Basically Murcurio is equal parts Dr. Mengele, Timothy Leary and L. Ron Hubbard.
    Everything we see in the film is shown to us through the filter of Barry Nyle’s LSD soaked brain. All of the bizarro nonsensical imagery is nonsensical because it is being created by Barry’s imagination. It is left up to the viewer to speculate on what is real and what is a hallucination.
    The clue you are given is the creepy baby-faced android is revealed in the final shot of the film to be just a plastic action figure.
    In Summary: Arboria was a real* place and Barry, Mercurio and Elena were real* people, but it is very likely that the entire sci-fi component of the film is just a bad trip.

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