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Q - The Winged Serpent [DVD] [1982]

  • SKU: 5833075
  • Release Date: 08/26/2003
  • Rating: R
Larry Cohen's quirky classic Q: The Winged Serpent comes back to DVD in a stellar release as part of Blue Underground's Larry Cohen Collection. With its 1.85:1 widescreen image and 16 x 9 enhancement, the transfer seems to be the same as Anchor Bay's prior release (which, while decent, isn't known to be the highest in quality); it's the audio options that technically put this disc over the edge. Four amazing tracks are supplied, with the remastered 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX and 6.1 DTS-ES leading the pack, alongside a Dolby Surround 2.0 and even the Original Mono mix for those interested. The highlight of the DVD comes with another commentary session between old friends Larry Cohen and fellow director William Lustig (see Blue Underground's God Told Me To and Bone discs for their other insightful and fun tracks recorded around the same time). A slew of information is spewed forth here, proving not only the genius of the film, but also of the low-budget auteur Cohen himself. Lustig keeps things rolling as the two talk of everything from the director's get-'em-and-go attitude during the incredible 18-day shoot to the almost unheard of week-long prep time (that includes scripting and casting, folks). No matter how many times you've seen the film, there's no doubt that this commentary will be an eye-opener which should inspire the right kind of raised-fist attitude needed when working outside of the Hollywood system. Other bonus materials include a terrific teaser trailer ("Q is coming!"), alongside a Larry Cohen bio and an extensive poster and still gallery consisting of posters, publicity stills, behind-the-scenes stills, and various video covers through the years. The fun isn't over yet, as those with DVD-ROMs can also access a special Q Memorabilia section, offering transcripts of various cast interviews, along with film reviews, press releases, and more promotional material from the film. Given its unwavering cult status, Q's fans will no doubt be delighted with this disc, as it's by far the best presentation this genre-bending monster flick has ever seen.

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    Special Features

    • Audio commentary with writer/director Larry Cohen
    • Teaser trailer
    • Poster & still gallery
    • Larry Cohen bio
    • Q memorabilia (DVD-ROM)


    Q: The Winged Serpent
    Genre pioneer Larry Cohen, who broke new horror ground with the killer-baby hit It's Alive!, takes a stab at the giant-monster scenario with this enjoyable low-budget exercise. The title refers to the winged Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, represented here as a dragon-like flying lizard (thanks to some quaint but amusing stop-motion animation from David Allen), who decides to take up residence in the art-deco spire of the Chrysler Building, taking frequent jaunts in the midday sun to nip the heads off various hapless New Yorkers. The resulting bloody mess confounds detectives Shepard (David Carradine) and Powell (Richard Roundtree), who are already scratching their heads over a series of bizarre ritual murders linked to a secret Aztec cult. Into the picture comes the film's protagonist -- neurotic, sweaty, paranoid crook Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moriarty, in a tour-de-force performance), a two-bit wheel-man with aspirations of becoming a jazz pianist. After a botched diamond heist leads Quinn to Q's lair, his attempts to go straight take a side-turn as he decides to extort from the city an enormous sum in exchange for directions to the monster's nest. A few sneaky deals later, the location falls into Shepard's hands, and he leads a paramilitary assault on the Chrysler Building, where the creature's humongous egg is about to hatch. Rude, edgy, fast-paced, and peppered with witty dialogue (most of which can't be repeated here), Cohen's script retains the spirit of classic monster movies like The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, injecting it with tough, gangster-movie moxie. Moriarty's unbelievable performance -- one of three collaborations with Cohen -- finds him chewing acres of scenery as a contemptible, loud-mouthed goon who's too funny to hate; Moriarty also composed and performed two schizophrenic piano numbers for the film. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Michael Moriarty
      Michael Moriarty - Jimmy Quinn
    • Candy Clark
      Candy Clark - Joan
    • David Carradine
      David Carradine - Detective Shepard
    • Richard Roundtree
      Richard Roundtree - Sgt. Powell
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      Lee Louis - Banyon

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Pure Monster Cheese


      Great movie to watch when you want to waste an afternoon of mindless TV viewing. Interesting concept and nice claymation monster effect but the plot and acting is cliche. More a cop-show plot that just happens to have a flying monster doing the killing. The early 1980s feel and look of the background did bring back memories though. Certainly don't make them like this anymore.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It's name is Quetzalcoatl

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      fun great movie, the blu transfer looks good but could be improved.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      great movie as a horror with some elements of comedy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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