Head

Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees . . . being catapulted through one of American cinema’s most surreal sixties odysseys. The brainchild of Bob Rafelson, making his directorial debut; his producing partner and Monkees cocreator Bert Schneider; and Jack Nicholson, a coscreenwriter on the project, Head was the fanciful beginning and ignominious end of the TV-bred supergroup’s big-screen career. In it, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork become trapped in a kaleidoscopic satire that’s movie homage, media send-up, concert movie, and antiwar cry all at once. A constantly looping, self-referential spoof that was ahead of its time, Head dodged commercial success on its release but has since been reclaimed as one of the great cult objects of its era.

Film Info

  • Bob Rafelson
  • United States
  • 1968
  • 85 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #544

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack and newly created, optional DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring the Monkees
  • New video interview with director Bob Rafelson
  • New documentary about BBS featuring critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley
  • Screen tests with the Monkees
  • Trailers and TV and radio spots
  • Ephemera, including behind-the-scenes photos by Henry Diltz
  • Rare 1968 television interview with the Monkees

Available In

Collector's Set

America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

Blu-Ray Box Set

6 Discs

$99.96

Collector's Set

America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

DVD Box Set

9 Discs

Ships Jun 16, 2018

$79.96

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack and newly created, optional DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring the Monkees
  • New video interview with director Bob Rafelson
  • New documentary about BBS featuring critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley
  • Screen tests with the Monkees
  • Trailers and TV and radio spots
  • Ephemera, including behind-the-scenes photos by Henry Diltz
  • Rare 1968 television interview with the Monkees

Head
Cast
Peter Tork
Davy Jones
Micky Dolenz
Michael Nesmith
Annette Funicello
Minnie
Timothy Carey
Lord High’n Low
Logan Ramsey
Off. Faye Lapid
Abraham Sofaer
Swami
Vito Scotti
I. Vitteloni
Charles MacCaulay
Inspector Shrink
T. C. Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Ace
Charles Irving
Mayor Feedback
William Bagdad
Black Sheik
Percy Helton
Heraldic Messenger
Credits
Director
Bob Rafelson
Written and produced by
Bob Rafelson
Written and produced by
Jack Nicholson
Executive producer
Bert Schneider
Choreographer
Toni Basil
Set decorator
Ned Parsons
Editing
Mike Pozen, A.C.E.
Art director
Sydney Z. Litwack
Incidental music composed and conducted by
Ken Thorne

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