Larry Cohen is one of those old-school filmmakers that has been around a long time and is universally loved in the business. Cohen is mostly known for his B-movie films and having a penchant for not taking “no” for an answer. His filmmaking methods are pioneering and risky, but all have been a big success in their own way. Over the past few decades, Choen has amassed a ton of great friendships with other filmmakers, who all talk about Cohen her in this documentary called ‘King Cohen‘.
Spliced with clips from his films, including ‘It’s Alive‘ along with his other movies, you can see the big impact that Cohen has made on Hollywood with a hilarious and endearing story about the legendary creative master. This Blu-ray release comes from La La Land, not to be confused with the Oscar-winning movie, but the record company who recently got into the Blu-ray realm. This Blu-ray actually comes with a CD soundtrack of the documentary, which is super cool along with many extras that are detailed below. This is a great documentary.
Official Synopsis: Buckle up for KING COHEN, the award-winning* feature-length documentary from director Steve Mitchell that MovieWeb calls “a necessary piece of film history.” Witness the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff). Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide. * Winner – Audience Award Best Documentary – Fantasia Film Festival 2017
EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES:
BONUS SOUNDTRACK CD:
Original score by acclaimed composer, Joe Kraemer
AND OVER 90 MINUTES OF ADDITIONAL CONTENT —
AN AUDIENCE WITH THE KING: Raw interview footage of Larry Cohen telling more great stories
MORE STORIES FROM THE KING’S COURT: Raw interview footage featuring Barbara Carrera, Eric Roberts, Traci Lords, Eric Bogosian, Laurene Landon, Tara Reid, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Spiro Razatos, Paul Glickman and Daniel Pearl.
A.S.C. MONSTERS ON THE TABLE: Larry at home with some monstrous friends.
HELLO, WORLD!: Film Festival greetings by Larry Cohen
Please listen to the review in podcast form below.