DVD Release: Dogs in Space

DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Hen’s Tooth

Dogs in Space movie scene

Michael Hutchence rocks in Dogs in Space.

The 1986 music-filled Australian cult drama Dogs in Space stars the late Michael Hutchence, best remembered as the lead singer of the rock band INXS

Set against the backdrop of Melbourne’s late 70s punk rock scene, Dogs in Space chronicles life in a chaotic, squalid share house where hippies, addicts, students and radicals fill their days and nights with sex, drugs and parties. In the midst of the chaos is a romance between Sam (Michael Hutchence), the lead singer of the band, Dogs in Space and his enthusiastic and beautiful lover Anna (Saskia Post). As life in the house spirals out of control, the growing demands and responsibilities of adulthood ultimately lead to tragedy.

Written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, who’s best known for helming music videos for INXS and U2 among other bands, Dogs in Space quickly became a cult favorite upon its limited theatrical release in the U.S. over a quarter of a century ago. Rarely screened theatrically since its premiere, the film was last issued to the U.S. home market as a VHS title from Fox Home Entertainment back in 1988.

Hen’s Tooth’s edition, featuring a print restored from the original negative and a remixed 5.1 digital audio track, marks the title’s DVD debut in the U.S.

The two-disc DVD release contains the following features:

  • We’re Livin’ on Dog Food 80-minute documentary about the Melbourne punk music scene of the 1970s
  • “The Making of Dogs in Space” 20-minute behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Punkline short film
  • original theatrical trailer  from 1986 and revised trailer from 2009
  • music videos for “Leap for Lunch” and “Rooms for the Memory”
  • audio commentary by director Richard Lowenstein and music director Ollie Olsen
  • audio commentary by Lowenstein and director of photography Andrew de Groot

Take a look at the frenetic trailer:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.