Thursday, April 14, 2022

Kevin Willmott Celebration - A Career In Clips

 I had the privilege to be asked to contribute to an event at this year's Free State Festival, "An Evening of Oscars" - honoring pioneering Black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux and recent Oscar🅡 winning filmmaker Kevin Willmott (he is one of the people featured in a new documentary about Micheaux, OSCAR MICHEAUX: THE SUPERHERO OF BLACK FILMMAKING). Part of that involved making a clip presentation of Kevin's film work to be shown amidst testimonials from his friends & collaborators. It was a lot of fun to do and they were received well, from what I could tell from the audience response.

So, I'm sharing them - or, more accurately, I'm sharing mostly the early versions of them; the final versions were mainly around 2 minutes (give or take) and I'm happy with them, but since I can be indulgent and self-serving in this forum, you get the benefits - You Lucky People!

Check them out via this YouTube playlist - and if you enjoy them, the full-length feature films are even BETTER - and worth searching for.



And if you can attend (with masking, of course - even though We Won Covid - Again🅡, it's still an Active Pandemic, kids), you might like some of what's coming up this weekend at FSF.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Some highly biased love for Kino-Lorber discs KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER and NIGHT GALLERY SEASON ONE


Kino-Lorber has been THE go-to label for filling in the blu-ray gaps of genre television for the past few years for Boomers and early Gen-Xers who grew up watching the shows first run and/or in syndication. Starting with both seasons of the 60s THE OUTER LIMITS, progressing on with the 60s/70s wave of tv movies (FEAR NO EVIL/RITUAL OF EVIL, KILLDOZER and others), even the run of BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY, K-L satisfied both hard-core fans and aficionados with quality presentations (remasterings/new scans for HD) and tasty extras - basically giving these shows the proper release they should've had the first time around on DVD. (THE OUTER LIMITS especially - while the initial DVD releases are/were appreciated at the time of release just for making the shows available, the lack of supplemental material was just a slap in the face. Imagine doing THE TWILIGHT ZONE with no material on Rod Serling or anything about the episodes and/or the influence of the show in popular culture.)

If you're of a particular age and a genre television fan, you're familar with FANTASTIC TELEVISION,  Gary Gerani's book in the mid-70s that was an introduction to most of these shows and like The Bible to fans. It was among the first critical works to take this stuff seriously (and introducing the existence of a lot of British shows that took roughly some 20-25 years to be seen 'across the pond'). So it's very fitting that Mr. Gerani shows up on the commentary tracks in a lot of these releases since they'll serve as introductions to the next generation(s) of fans whose exposure was more than likely to inferior versions of these shows - as well as being definite releases (at least for the immediate future) for the hard-core fans.

Two of those gaps have been recently filled, with the release of KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER and the first season of NIGHT GALLERY in stellar editions, comparable to their previous OUTER LIMITS release, and both fan favorites.

K-L previously released HD upgrades of the tv movies THE NIGHT STALKER and THE NIGHT STRANGLER, so it was hoped that the tv series would get similar treatment (having had barebones DVD releases in the past). It did and then some - the blu-ray release of KOLCHAK firmly puts the show in context and gives it some long overdue appreciation for what it is, rather than bitching about what it isn't.

KOLCHAK The Series has been a controversial fan favorite since its inception for many reasons: some saying it's not as good as the tv movies, some questioning the logic of a 'monster-of-the-week' concept, not enough continuity, too much comedy, blah-blah-blah. Many a reason to deride it, although one thing was pretty much in agreement - people loved the character of Carl Kolchak, as portrayed by Darrin McGavin. The show got some respect via THE X-FILES, with Chris Carter explicitly citing KOLCHAK as a direct influence and has recently gotten more scrutiny due to David Chase's popularity as the creator of THE SOPRANOS.

So it makes perfect sense that if you're gonna do a release of KOLCHAK, you get some perspective from Chase himself, who was the story editor on the show, prior to his tenure on THE ROCKFORD FILES. That is one of the coups scored on the set; another featurette is with comedian Dana Gould, creator of the horror comedy STAN AGAINST EVIL. The main extras are commentaries provided on every episode of the show by people who know their film & genre stuff - Mark Dawidziak (who literally wrote the book on THE NIGHT STALKER and touched off its resurgence), Gary Gerani, David J. Schow, Kim Newman, Tim Lucas are some of the more familar names, as well as up and comers like Amanda Reyes and Mike White & Chris Stachiw (of the podcast The KolchakTapes). All of the commentaries are very good - the commentators are well matched to the episodes and everybody does pull out interesting trivia/conjecture even on the less-than-stellar episodes.

The show itself - I admit to a degree of nostalgia, since I was old enough to see it on its first broadcast run; it's 70s television, so there are allowances that you have to make in terms of production/budgetary factors, as well as cultural morès of the time - I've come to appreciate it as a hybrid that shouldn't work as well as it does, considering the convoluted production history of the show. Combining THE FRONT PAGEesque newspaper/workplace comedy with horror tropes presented in dead serious fashion all overlaid with a smidgen of hip cynical snark would not be considered a recipe for success back in 1974. Approaching 50 years later, it almost seems genius - which makes it a damn shame that it didn't survive past 17 episodes. (Had Universal execs been a bit more savvy, there could've been crossovers with two other popular shows of the time, COLUMBO and KOJAK... *sigh*).

But perhaps some things are best suited for short lifespans. While most of Kolchak's encounters in his everyday life are presented with a dose of black comedy, the situations with The Uncanny are always treated dead serious and with a determination to scare the shit out of whomever's watching. Whether you watch it as a weekly presentation of the literal adventures of a reporter battling literal monsters, or as a metaphor of a Flawed Everyman pitted against Authority and the horrors of life, who is (to quote a recent popular franchise) probably "not the hero we need, but the unsung hero we deserve".

The other release is NIGHT GALLERY (aka ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY). Usually referred to as the lesser cousin to THE TWILIGHT ZONE, but has had a considerable fan following of its own, despite issues that should've crushed it right out of the gate. But the show has always been better than people have considered it to be; fond memories of episodes aside, it wasn't helped by a bastardized version of the show being in syndication for years, until released to home video on VHS, then DVD. Also contributing to the reappraisal was the release of the book (and notice: these things always seem to kick off with companion books) ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY: AN AFTER HOURS TOUR by Jim Benson & Scott Skelton.

The blu-ray 'Season One' release consists of the pilot tv-movie, broadcast in 1969 and notable for the debut of Steven Spielberg directing Joan Crawford in the segment "Eyes"; and 6 1 hour episodes when the series debuted in 1971 as a mid-season 'wheel series' experiment, "Four-In-One" where several shows were broadcast on a revolving basis, which accounts for the short season. (NIGHT GALLERY and MCCLOUD were the two shows that were successful enough to get full seasons; the other two shows still languish in obscurity.)


The original DVD release was meager, the only extras being 'bonus episodes' from Seasons Two and Three - which in retrospect, seems to have been a hedge in case sales didn't support going forward with the other seasons (which happens more often than you think).  That has been corrected admirably with commentaries for all 6 episodes - Gary Gerani handles the pilot movie, and Benson & Skelton step up to represent, along with familar names including Tim Lucas, Kim Newman & Stephen Jones, Amanda Reyes and a new featurette, "The Syndication Conundrum".

Seasons Two and Three are due in 2022, so an in depth overview look at the show on blu will have to parcel out slowly. Season One tends to get overlooked in discussions of the series, and at least this blu release will rectify that situation to a degree. In hindsight, Season One probably provides the clearest look at what Serling might have intended for the show, if he had the same measure of control that he had on TWILIGHT ZONE - which he didn't have on NIGHT GALLERY.

The other notable - notorious? - aspect of NG that's remembered, those "comic" short skits that were the influence of producer Jack Laird aren't in Season One, although there is "The Housekeeper" a segment with Larry Hagman in the first episode that actually is humorous (due to being written by TZ veteran Douglas Heyes under a pseudonym). About the closest Season One comes to that level is "The Nature of the Enemy", written by Serling and notorious for its ridiculous ending - although I'd be willing to build a case for it being a blatant example of Serling 'trolling' the network and his producer. (Look up the story, "Does The Name 'Grimsby' Mean Anything To You?" in Serling's first NG novelization, which was not accepted for the show.)

Most of the season is written by Serling, with a couple of exceptions, and one can sense echoes of TZ aspects both good ("The Little Black Bag, "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" which was nominated for an Emmy Award) and not so good ("Pamela's Voice", "Make Me Laugh"). One gets the sense that Serling did want to take advantage to push things - "Clean Kills And Other Trophies" is a solid segment, yet compare it to the novelization in that first compilation, which has the ending that Serling intended, and one can start to sense the beginnings of the frustration that one would've thought the success of TZ would have at least minimized.

For all those perceived flaws, the other aspect on display is the artistry of everyone involved - there's solid craft in both the acting and technical departments, providing some welcome pleasure in seeing established professionals in their prime (Godfrey Cambridge, John Astin, Burgess Meredith, William Windom, Rachel Roberts to name a few), familar character actors (Jason Wingreen, Albert Popwell, Tom Bosley, John Colicos, etc.) and some at the beginning of their careers (Diane Keaton, Roger Moseley) who would eventually become better known.

Kino-Lorber's deal with Universal has borne some must-have releases - not bad, especially in the era of streaming and the 'death of physical media'  (PLEASE...)  - I can only hope that things can pan out for other blu-ray 'gaps' to be filled... at this point, the major ones remaining being THRILLER (hosted by Boris Karloff and which did get a respectful DVD release) and ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS/THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR. Other shows that got DVD releases overseas, but not domestically that would also be welcome are THE SIXTH SENSE (which will get plenty of mention in NIGHT GALLERY'S syndication history) and the James Coburn hosted DARKROOM, one of the last network anthology shows.


Thursday, July 01, 2021

So - over a year later...

Hi there! If there's anyone still checking.

If so, Welcome Back and I applaud and appreciate your tenacity/stubbornness in reading this site. Enjoy it while it lasts - I've made promises to keep churning out content before, only to have huge gaps in the timeline. Which is better than just leaving an abandoned site with the last entry in the early 2010s, I guess.

It's been quite a year, for everyone. Since my last entry, my grandmother died from complications related to Covid and my mother died two months ago in her sleep from a hemorrhage, in addition to other friends who didn't make it out of 2020. A year later, after declaring that 'We Won Covid, Now Get Back To Work™', and 'Back To Normal®', news of the Delta Variant (more contagious) becoming the main strain this Fall/Winter comes along in tandem with the Slow Death of American Democracy ramping up for Act 1.

Those are really good reasons for not providing content, but there were/are plenty others around before 2020 got underway, as we all can guess from the figurative digital wreckage on the lamented 'Information Superhighway'.  As the saying goes, "Ass, Gas or Grass - Nobody Rides For Free" and it's as true in the digital realm as it is in the Real World - Personal Data is the coin of the realm, and it's even better when people give up their data without any coercion involved.

It was pretty charming, at first, sharing your life and finding other like-minded people out there - there are still online friendships  that I maintain & cherish that, frankly, would not have happened otherwise. And that's the one thing that keeps that hesitation in cutting the cord/plug still alive, despite the increasing evidence that it would be a Good Thing in the long run.

At this point - over 50, aged/aging out of hipster entertainments & eateries and misanthropic in my best moods - isolating from Everything will merely hasten the pace of the slow death path I can say that I'm officially on. Not overstating for effect - having helped take care of aging relatives for the last 25 years, you recognize the landmarks and signs; and I've seen time & time again how it ends when you insist on ignoring them. So... hey. There It Is.

Facebook also kinda killed the need - why spend time attempting to write (hopefully) coherent  and/or entertaining things when guerrilla hit-and-run entries get the job done too? Fortunately, never got into the Twitter mindset  and as for TikTok/Vine/Whatever Else - "OK, Grandpa." Proudly.

So - wanting to stretch those longer-form writing muscles with the Specter of Death hovering around.  Easy to understand.  And coming to terms that it's not going to probably change things at this point, except in improving my mental health - I've written off and on over the past 25 - 30? years now, but not made any sort of living from it. Not having that burning drive to pursue it like my life depended on it and not really understanding how the game is played... not that it matters now.

But the well isn't quite dry yet. So, I'll try my best to wring out what's left; a good portion of stuff was for publications that no longer exist or are extremely hard to find except for the dedicated reader of physical media - some of that will be dredged up to see light again (unless it's judged to be completely horrible).  There'll also be newer things - the film reviews I do can be found over at 366 WeirdMovies from time to time, but there'll be some spillover for things that don't quite fit there; the sister blog on music, Music Snob, is getting a workover and refocus, so the music stuff will end up over there.

And I guess we'll all see how this goes.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Everything I Like/Love Is Fucking Horrible

By that, I'm NOT talking about something like THE ROOM (I hate that shit)... or things like action movies, 'charmingly bad' media or anything along those lines.

I was gifted with a Blu-ray set of JOHNNY QUEST for Christmastime, a show I loved watching on Saturday mornings growing up; a true Boy's Show with adventure & action in foreign lands, lots of cool science stuff and a body count. Also noticeable watching it as a somewhat aware adult is the casual racism/sexism, which made for a darkly amusing drinking game and a LOT of alcohol.

I'm a genre fan, and I'm Black (or P.O.C. if you like a mouthful of terms), and what becomes very apparent after a short amount of time is that, just as in Real Life, a good majority of things that are produced are NOT produced with any thought that someone like me might actually enjoy or find any worth in it. So, any criticism is met with quite a bit of mob-swarm and butt-hurt, and any variation that doesn't immediately pander to that core (White, Male) audience will be seen as an abject failure if it doesn't perform at the boxoffice or in ratings.

You find quite a bit of this in fandom - science-fiction (rather ironic, in a way), horror, fantasy; even in some rather niche strata like film music fans. And yes, NOT EVERYBODY, of course, but even if it is a minority, it's a pretty fucking loud one.

I wasn't looking for a Grand Metaphor here, but as recent events have taken place and watching how it all unfolds - again, and reporters & pundits trying to make sense of it all - again, it appears that it sums up Our Particular Problem in a graspable manner:

Everything I Like/Love Is Fucking Horrible.

How do I reconcile that? Can you even do so? A lot of that stuff is baked-in, so as much as some can attempt to mitigate it (like recent adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs "Tarzan" and the Lovecraft Cultural Explosion), there's always a certain core remnant that's there and it can't be excised.

You can, however, use it to comment on how things were and how certain behavior and beliefs are no longer appropriate/in vogue from a contemporary viewpoint. But that original is always around in some form. You can hide it, ignore it, pretend it has no effect or value - but the forbidden has its allure, especially when it goes underground.

You can also put it out for all to see, in all its ugliness - and also the context for it. "Yes, it was Wrong, but for quite a while, Most didn't think so."

You can also attempt to just get rid of it all, Start from Zero. That's a bit drastic and makes a lot of assumptions and has no guarantee at all of success, unless you take seriously the concept of ZERO.

There are no pat answers... I don't have any. But I can say this - whenever we get to these moments of Wrestling With The Soul, we always choose the Lazy Way, the Path of Least Resistance, and you're seeing the result of what happens when things get kicked down the road and aren't confronted.

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Idiot(s) In The Room

Before I get to the Official Kickoff, I think it's best that we get certain things out of the way while we can. As this is written, (5/13), we're near the end of Phase I of this pandemic and already people are behaving like this has already been Worst Staycation Ever, or at least that's how most of the major media is presenting it. Here in Topeka, although Covid-19 has reached the city & county, there's not a sense of approaching dread - although there's a certain number of people out & about without masks, there's a substantial amount that are wearing masks... fortunately, there's not a lot of overt racism on display - yet. Then again, I'm not out everyday trying to assess that.

We're seeing System Failure In Real Time, and it appears to be too much for most to handle. It's not the slow erosion that allowed people to adjust over the last three years, this is immediate 'shock and awe' as the adage that most Americans were a paycheck or two away from disaster gets proven large scale.

I'm a 'glass half-full' person in the best of times and the one consistent conclusion to be gleaned from the past couple of months to the present, what I've seen is this:


True, there is info available, which if one is a person who's able to do some critical thinking and able to weigh the merits/concerns of fact vs. fiction, you can tentatively navigate your way through. Judging from what one sees however, there's not even half of the country's population who seems to be capable of that. Which is not that surprising - when you demonize & politicize factual science and expertise because it helps in convincing people that climate change doesn't exist, then it's even harder to convince people that there is a pandemic, until the hospitals fill up and bodies start stacking.

The response to this has been a complete clusterfuck, with the current Federal Government not taking the lead on this, since the President is doing anything he can to try to avoid any responsibility (and thus, any blame). But not just him - across the board, very few are really wanting to confront the Cold, Hard Facts of what needs to be done to get the country through this. Mainly due to the ever increasing realization that the whole perception of  'Normal' is really not going to work as before - not that it worked all that well, but it made people money and that seems to be the Main Concern over everything.

To me, this is the natural end of the path we started down, eyes wide open, three years ago when the schizophrenic patient U.S.A. decided that it was okay, really... and stopped taking its meds.

There's really only one way out of this, and no one's gonna like it, since it means letting politics/ideology duke it out against science/nature, and I suspect that most of you who'll be reading this blog know who ends up the winner of these battles.

So, I'm not gonna get all up in arms about a lot of this type of stuff here - more than likely, that'll end up on FB, although there's only so much outrage that remains, after so much - and we're nowhere near Rock Bottom yet, though it feels that way. There's always a sub-basement to find...

Instead, I'm gonna hunker down and try to get through this - and make no mistake, I'm completely scared shitless. It's not so much a question of "if we get it" - considering the circumstances, a better mindset for me is "when we get it". That enables me, at this point, to be able to make decisions and function on a daily basis. Maybe by late Summer/early Fall, I'll be able to get into a "if we get it" frame of mind, since by then, things will have played out to an extent where there'll be some reliable information to be able to make that assumption, and prepare for the second wave.

What I'm NOT scared of are idiots who decide to take the Ultimate Lottery/I.Q. Test, because as science consistently shows, THEY LOSE. And I'm quite OK with that.

All of this 'Corona Concern' from corporations & businesses that didn't give a fuck about you unless you had a dollar or two in your pocket that they could get from you, all this 'Get back to work, you lazy MF'ers', all this desperate dancing hoping that things Will Go Back Like They Were - all of that will get shredded when the actual reality comes to people's homes, which is how most have handled Empathy in the U.S.A. - "We don't have to give a Fuck about Anything or Anyone - until it directly affects me in a way that's inescapable".

Let All These Motherfuckers Die.

If you have a problem with that, then I suggest that this blog may not be for you - because, there WILL be Things Said.

"Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here."  You Are Warned.

Now, that's out of the way - on to what's spurred this Sense of Purpose...

Next Time - "Everything I Like Is Fucking Horrible"

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Up to speed...

So... what's new with YOU?


So the blogging thing sort of became not so much of a thing, which is understandable - so much has gone the way of the buffalo within the past 10 years - well, even 5 as people get older, lives change and the burning obsession to share minutia of one's life has migrated towards creating a persona on FB &/or Twitter. In my particular case, it was a combination of various things - helping to take care of my grandmother until we were able to get her into a facility that could handle her needs and take the immediate burden off of us so we could go on with our lives... brutal, yes, but true. I'm the youngest in my immediate family and I'm in my mid-50's as of this writing. The film work - PAID work, that is - started getting less & less every year, and even though I've been through long stretches before, this may well be it (although I've said THAT before several times also) as far as trying to aggressively pursue it further - it never got close to a point where I could solely survive on it in any case. And underlying all of that is my intrinsic laziness - to not want to do ANYTHING after taking care of other pressing things.

So, 2019 - my mother came to live w/us, which was not unexpected, due to medical reasons. What was not expected was that we would lose her sister later in the year, due to cancer, which she'd been fighting since 2005; November 2019 - January 2020 was spent with handling that situation, which within a month she went from home to being in the hospital for surgery to hospice to her death right before Christmas... then setting up a sale of their belongings, clearing out the apartment and having to deal with her idiot son who denied the entire situation for the last few years and his bullshit.

Finally ready to get back into the job market, then Covid-19 started its American Tour.

Personally, there's no big change in Daily Life B/A (Before/After) Covid-19 - most of whom I'd term as close friends I keep in touch with mainly online and that's been the case for quite awhile; there's no longer the burning need to travel an hour for some 'exciting' thing, since there's quite enough in a personal collection to keep me occupied (it helps saves on gas, too). And as far as going outside, we're fortunate enough to have enough yardspace to be able to go outside when we need to (well, when I need to; I do the yardwork), so overall, we're pretty fortunate. All of us in the home are high-risk, but since I'm the one most likely to bring it into the home, due to the occasional grocery errand, I'm very careful as to venturing out into CovidLand.

So, I have a lot of time on my hands - again - but in this instance, there's not quite the ticking time bomb of needing to 'go back to normal'. That ended in March and nobody - repeat, NOBODY - knows exactly what's ahead.

Slowly, the urge to write again kept getting stronger, but there was always something to push it into "I'll get to that later," territory. Well, it seems that Now is Indeed The Time to Get To It. So - Hi! It's been awhile, I know... I'm honest enough to say that this may not be a Daily thing - there's still so much else to do. But some of that 'else' will go into fueling more content, so it will be more regular than it has been for sometime. As to what led me back to it... that's on its way. First, a reintroduction for those who followed & might be interested in following again - considering the current situation, it seemed the thing to do.

There's one more thing to get out of the way before things get running again - Next Time...

Monday, December 18, 2017


Yes indeed, blog Not Dead Yet... more cultural ephemera to come down the pike, perhaps now with a bit more regularity than previously. The following probably belongs more on the music blog, but that's taking a bit longer to resurrect.

'Holy Grail' is a term frequently tossed around by soundtrack enthusiasts & collectors. Prior to the digital age, wherein it's commonplace to be able to land your hands on something that doesn't have a legitimate release, it was truly something to have a label issue a score that you loved, but had no hope of ever being released commercially.

In the case of DAMNATION ALLEY specifically, I actually saw it 4 times in theatrical release, just for the music alone. It certainly wasn't the action onscreen drawing me in - it came out in the fall after the summer release of a little film called STAR WARS, which 20th Century Fox wasn't expecting to do huge business. DAMNATION ALLEY (originally shot under the title SURVIVAL RUN) was expected to be the big science-fiction film for that year.

Yeah. Hard to believe now, I know. But DA comes from a studio formula/template of big-budget sci-fi that did business, although artistically & aesthetically it comes up short. It had a good cast, competent director, a script by two noted screenwriters based on good source material - which was practically ignored in the adaptation. And yet, looking at it now compared to STAR WARS, DA looks cheap and hackneyed, despite costing more than STAR WARS (DA's budget was $17 million compared to the relatively 'low-budget' of $10 million of STAR WARS - and that's 1970's money, kids). If you're up for some blackly-tinged humor, check out the DVD, wherein the surviving screenwriter, Alan Sharp, throws the other credited writer, Lukas Heller, under the bus blaming him for 'the bad stuff'; and producer Paul Manslansky's commentary wherein he states upfront that he never has read the novel the film is based on, which explains a LOT.

There's a precedent here - and the name of that precedent is LOGAN'S RUN.

It's held in higher regard than DA now, but it shares the same features and flaws that hamstrung DA - the biggest flaw being that they threw out a good part of what made the source material work and ended up with films with good aspects, but overall turned out mediocre. LOGAN'S RUN fares a bit better, mainly in production value

One of those good aspects was the hiring of Jerry Goldsmith, who was hitting his stride in the late 70's - he might not be as name recognizable to the general public as John Williams is, but you're guaranteed to have heard his work in something broadcast over the last 50 - 60 years - from episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and themes for shows like THE WALTONS and STAR TREK:VOYAGER, and many, many films.

 Most notable of Goldsmith's many great gifts is composing music that's far better than the film he's working with - when he's got a good film, he can make it GREAT; if the film is less than good, he can at least make it watchable - LOGAN'S RUN, THE SWARM, THE MUMMY, and definitely DAMNATION ALLEY. If you end up tooling around the post-apocalyptic USA in a tricked out RV dodging through massive scorpions, killer cockroaches, and depraved hillbilly survivors intent on raping your woman - but oddly, no radiation from the nuclear strikes - this is exactly the type of music to do it to. 

Aside from cassette tape dubs taped from television broadcasts, the main way to hear this was to sit through the film - no LP was released at the time and although a suite was released in a box set in the early '00's, the synth overdubs were not found, which meant that a full release of the score wouldn't be possible - until now, when the tech has evolved enough to remaster the orchestral tracks and a person hired to recreate the electronic portions of the score. 

I - and others - have waited 40 years for this to actually exist. Kudos to Intrada Records for once again, bringing the goods.