Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Martin Mull's "Serial" is on DVD

One of the greatest movies ever is out on DVD, "Serial" from 1980 with Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Bill Macy, Sally Kellerman, Peter Bonerz, Tommy Smothers, and Christopher Lee, among others. Here's the original VHS cover, click to enlarge:

Martin is a family guy named Harv in Marin County, California facing all of the trends of the 70s at once: a newly liberated wife, bratty kid, drugs, free love and macrobiotic lifestyles. All of his friends react in different ways, but Harv doesn't really freak out until his daughter is swept up by a religious cult.

That's about all the plot, but the characters are enough to keep anyone interested. Highly recommended, click the link below to buy at amazon.com.

Click here to hear Michael Johnson sing the title song of the movie, "It's A Changing World".


dandiacal said...

I'm glad to see there are other Serial fans out there. I just picked this up on dvd and you know what? They were making fun of the 70s while it was going on! That strange jargon alone (those wedding vows! That shrink's peer group dynamics etc.) is worth the price of admission. Always love Lalo Schifrin, jazz pianist composer too.

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Anonymous said...

"Serial" is a cult classic among my friends from college, and we watched it endlessly for its complete mockery of new age nonsense. This kind of film is absolutely necessary to counteract the effects of the self-important, self-absorbed on our society, and the best way to do that is through humor.

So, unless you have certain Victorian prejudices about what a guy does with his weekend, check it out!