Blu-ray, DVD Release: Wild in the Streets

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 16, 2016
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $19.54
Studio: Olive Films

Striking a zeitgeist nerve, the 1968 music-filled comedy-drama cult flick Wild in the Streets stars Christopher Jones (Ryan’s Daughter) as Max Frost, rock singer and poster boy for the counterculture revolution of the 60’s. While performing with his band The Troopers at a political rally for Senate candidate Johnny Fergus (Hal Holbrook, The Fog), Max seizes the opportunity to spout his own political philosophies which include, among other things, that the voting age should be lowered to 14.

Christopher Jones and Diane Varsi in Wild in the Streets

Christopher Jones and Diane Varsi in Wild in the Streets

And thus begins the tale of Max’s meteoric rise. But as he moves further and further into uncharted waters, first as a voice for the youth movement (or is he just a mouthpiece for opportunist politicians?) and then as a nominee for President of the United States, Max will not bend to the will of the old guard. Instead he begins implementing his own ideas of what would make a better world, including “re-education camps” for those over the age of 35 along with a liberal dosing of LSD.

Directed by Barry Shear (Across 110th Street) and co-starring Shelley Winters (The Night of the Hunter), Millie Perkins (The Shooting) and Richard Pryor (Silver Streak), Wild in the Streets remains one of the great youth cult films of the Sixties. Olive’s new edition represents the film’s U.S. Blu-ray debut.

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