Otherworld Cottage Industries suggests you watch the "Demo Derby 50th Anniversary Edition" with your Beatles "Hard Day's Night" re-release
May 09, 2014 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment NewsMay 9, 2014 - There is not much left to say about the phenomenal success of the Beatles first feature film, "A Hard Day's Night" that has not been said before — except that it is coming back to theaters this 4th of July weekend and newly mastered releases on Blu-Ray and DVD will follow later in the month. On the other hand, there is a lot to be said about the 50th Anniversary Edition of "Demo Derby,", the 28 minute crash-action documentary film that played on thousands of screens across the country with "A Hard Day's Night."
Sociologists see the roots of "Demo Derby's" mechanical mayhem and wanton destructiveness in the thrill-seeking, rabble-rousing entertainments of ancient Rome. Pure Americana or classical derivative, "Demo Derby" has earned a special place in movie history. It opened in Boston with "Robin and the Seven Hoods." The same day, in Hartford, New Haven and Worcester, it opened with "Viva Las Vegas." In the next ten days, it was booked into 61 theaters all across New England. But when it was paired with the Beatles "Hard Day's Night," it took off and never looked back. And after its spectacular first run engagements, it continued to be booked into theaters and drive-ins for TEN MORE YEARS!
If you remember Madras shorts, penny loafers and crew cuts, do not be surprised if "Demo Derby" brings a smile. It is so real, so us, that by the time the show is over, you may have to look outside to be sure your old jalopy is not still parked in the driveway. So, turn your DVD player into a time machine and buckle up for a wild ride down memory lane.
WARNING: We, of the sixties generation, have been romanticized for our rebellious idealism. Unless you want your children and grandchildren to know just how incredibly naive and innocent we really were KEEP THIS DVD UNDER LOCK AND KEY!
WATCH THE DEMO DERBY TRAILER HERE!