Burbank, CA (September 6, 2004)–Giant frogs, topless beauties, and Fantasy Island‘s Herve Villechaize combined to make director Richard Elfman’s Forbidden Zone (1980) a quirky, classic midnight movie. Danny Elfman, Richard’s younger brother, composed his first theatrical score for the film and gave a hint of what would ultimately be a highly successful career.
Out of print for nearly 20 years, Forbidden Zone has been long awaited by fans and will finally be released as a comprehensive DVD by San Francisco-based Fantoma Films. In addition to a new 5.1 soundtrack, director commentary, and a documentary, the disc contains a re-mastered 5.1 music-only mix of the entire film’s eclectic score. Fantoma executives, Derrick Scocchera and Ian Hendrie selected Chace Audio to handle the sound restoration, 5.1 creation and re-mastering.
Richard Elfman was intrigued with the opportunity to infuse Forbidden Zone‘s soundtrack with a directional 5.1 multichannel stereo mix. “To complement the onscreen visual action, I wanted the new DVD to possess a mix that pushed things to the limit and was as exaggerated and as extreme as possible. The technology and engineering expertise offered at Chace Audio made this possible and also allowed me to finally present Forbidden Zone in a format that budget, technology and time did not allow for back in the early 80s.”
“I saw Forbidden Zone when I was 12 years old and never forgot it,” recalled Ian Hendrie, president of Fantoma Films. “But the film was never widely distributed so the advent of DVD and 5.1 provides an ideal format for fans to enjoy the creativity of the Elfman brothers.”