Equinox Equinox

Equinox

Jack Woods

 
Equinox (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1970
  • 82 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #338

Before he took you to a galaxy far, far away, before he brought you face-to-face with living, breathing prehistoric beasts, Dennis Muren, the future nine-time Oscar-winning visual-effects artist (Star Wars, Jurassic Park), joined forces with a group of talented young filmmakers to create an homage to the creature features of yore in the eerie monster mash Equinox. Deep within the woods and canyons of California, four teenagers happen upon an ancient book containing the secrets of a strange, malevolent world that coexists with that of mankind. This $6,500-budget wonder (originally called The Equinox . . . A Journey into the Supernatural) was picked up for distribution by producer Jack H. Harris (The Blob), who shot new footage for the film with writer-director Jack Woods and released it in 1970 as Equinox. Since then, the film has gained a passionate cult following and inspired succeeding generations of horror/fantasy filmmakers.

Cast

David Fielding Edward Connell
Susan TurnerBarbara Hewitt
Jim Hudson Frank Boers Jr.
VickiRobin Christopher
AsmodeusJack Woods
Reporter Sloan Jim Phillips
Dr. Arthur Watermann Fritz Leiber
Green GiantJim Duron

Credits

DirectorJack Woods
ScreenplayJack Woods
ProducerJack H. Harris
CinematographyMike Hoover
Special photographic effectsDavid Allen, Jim Danforth and Dennis Muren
Associate producerDennis Muren
Assistant cameraEd Begley Jr.
Music supervisorJohn Caper
Based on a story byMark Thomas McGee

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the 1970 theatrical release
  • For the first time on DVD, the original 1967 version of the film, The Equinox . . . A Journey into the Supernatural
  • Two audio commentaries: One by writer-director Jack Woods and producer Jack H. Harris, on the 1970 release. And one by effects photographer, producer, and director Dennis Muren; writer-codirector Mark McGee; and matte artist, cel animator, and ­effects technician Jim Danforth, on the 1967 version
  • Video introduction by Forrest J Ackerman
  • Interviews with Muren and actors Frank Bonner, Barbara Hewitt, and James Duron
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes from the 1967 version
  • Archival stop-motion test footage
  • The Magic Treasure, a rare animated fairy tale by Equinox effects master David Allen
  • Acclaimed “Kong” Volkswagen commercial by Allen, including test footage
  • Zorgon: The H-Bomb Beast from Hell (1972), a short film featuring Equinox crew
  • Extensive gallery featuring rare stills, promotional material, and more
  • Trailer and radio spots for the 1970 theatrical release
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring tributes from George Lucas and Ray Harryhausen and a new essay by Brock DeShane

    New cover illustration by Tavis Coburn, design by Jesse Reyes

Film Essays

Backyard Monsters: Equinox and the Triumph of Love

By Brock DeShane June 19, 2006

By 1965, the cinema had edged toward the brink of worldwide revolution. In France, Jean-Luc Godard was leading a new wave of critics-turned-directors, bent on the transformation of traditional . . . Read more »

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Dramatic Principles in Stop-Motion: A Discussion of Animation in the Fantasy Film

By David Allen June 19, 2006

This essay originally appeared in the fanzine PHOTON (issue #22), in 1972. Stop-motion animation has been attracting a growing number of enthusiasts for about the last ten years, and though it . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Backyard Monsters: Equinox and the Triumph of Love

By Brock DeShane June 19, 2006

By 1965, the cinema had edged toward the brink of worldwide revolution. In France, Jean-Luc Godard was leading a new wave of critics-turned-directors, bent on the transformation of traditional . . . Read more »