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FM (1978) Review*****

Cert 15 | 104 mins | 1978

5 Star

Sounds of the 70’s

Arrow Video bring us a classic in this 1978 music fest, with music that sails directly down the middle of the road. Directed by John A. Alonzo (Portrait of a Stripper) as his first and only feature film and written by Erza Sacks (A Small Circle of Friends). It tells the story of Q-Sky 71.1 FM the most popular radio station in L.A.

Right from the start of the film you get the vibe from the Steely Dan track “FM (No Static at All)”  especially written for the film.

Goodnight from the Prince (Cleavon Little, Blazing Saddles, Murder by Numbers) of Darkness and soon to be on, if he makes it in time is our esteemed leader Jeff Dugan (Michael Brandon, Contagion, Captain America: The First Avenger) who races through the streets of L.A. to get to work on time for his first record.

Jeff runs the Q-Sky radio as part of the Billings industries radio division and so far he runs it with the minimum amount of adverts, which is popular with the music lovers out there in West America. The other D.J.’s that fill the slots are the popular Eric Swan (Martin Mull, Roseanne, The Year That Trembled), the problematic Doc Holiday (Alex Karras, Porky’s, Blazing Saddles), the depressed alcoholic Mother (Eileen Brennan, Murder by Death, Private Benjamin) along with intern tech guy Bobby (Jay Fenichel, Street Hawk (TV Series)).

The trouble Jeff has is that Billings Industries wants to make money from his radio station and they send over sales manager Regis Lamar (Tom Tarpey, The Manhattan Project) from Chicago. He has army Lieutenant Reach (James Keach, The Long Riders, Carquake!) wanting to flood the airwaves with his adverts to join up. Jeff also has to contend with rival radio station boss Michael J. Carlyle (Terry Jastrow, Love & Money) who is promoting his Linda Ronstadt concert (which Jeff intends to…) whilst Jeff joins Save the Whales and his Jimmy Buffett fund raiser concert.

Listen and watch the best radio station on the West coast.

Absolutely the best music for a summer of sun.

FM is available on Blu-ray


High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
Uncompressed stereo 2.0 PCM audio soundtrack
Mono 1.0 music and effects track Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
No Static at All, a newly filmed interview with Michael Brandon, the star of FM
Radio Chaos, a newly filmed interview with Ezra Sacks, the writer of FM
The Spirit of Radio, a newly filmed video appreciation of the era of FM radio and the FM soundtrack by the film and music critic Glenn Kenny
Extensive gallery of original stills, promotional images and soundtrack sleeves
Original trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer and critic Paul Corupe

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DirectorJohn A. Alonzo
GenreComedy, Drama, Music
StarringMichael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras, Cleavon Little, Martin Mull
Available to buy on : Own it on Blu-Ray
Category: Blu-ray, Review