Movie: Every once in awhile I try to watch a movie I've heard absolutely nothing about. You know the kind I mean, no hype, no recommendations, no background at all to interfere with the experience of watching something completely cold. The best sources for such movies these days are the small companies such as Vanguard and with that, we take a look at Welcome Says The Angel.
The movie centered on a guy (Jon Jacobs) stranded by fate in a community he knows nothing about. He meets a woman (Aysha Hauer, Rutger's daughter) and after enjoying her company, finds himself chained to her bed. Normally, I'd suggest that was a good date but the free spirited guy wasn't happy one bit. He escaped after learning of her addiction to heroin and eventually falls deeply for her. Given her past, and his inability to deal with reality either, the question is whether or not he'll be able to save her before she kills the two of them. The movie was shot during the LA riots ten years ago on a budget of under $17,000 and here's what the box cover had to say about it: "Enmeshed in the world of sex, drugs, and chains two lost souls fight to survive and bring meaning to their lives on the back streets of Hollywood Joshua desperately racing through the California desert, pockets loaded with cash from a Vegas hit, crashes his motorcycle. He makes his way to Hollywood, his first stop is a seedy Rock N' Roll Bar. Ana, strung out on heroin and tortured by her past, seduces Joshua, chains him naked to the bed, and steals his money.
Joshua is prisoner of this beautiful girl and witness to her painful addiction. After a few days he escapes, but realizes that he loves Ana and returns to her. Finding Ana near death, Joshua now puts her in chains forcing Ana to give up addiction and let his love sustain her."
Picture: The picture was presented in full frame 1.33:1 ratio and looked pretty bad. To top it off, I found that several stand alone dvd players and a few computer players refused to play the disc at all, with others freezing up around 65 minutes into the show. For that reason alone, I'd strongly urge you to only buy this from a place that accepts returns or to rent it first.
Sound: The sound was advertised as 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo although it sounded like mono to this reviewer. Not very well done but okay for the gritty edge Director Dib was going for.
Extras: There was a trailer and a short section on the "Zero Experience" which had a few cast members and the Director discuss the movie.
Final Thoughts: I wish I could've watched this one more than once to get a better feel for it. All inquiries to various sources went unanswered as to whether or not the problems I had were just my copy of the disc or more widespread. I couldn't find a local rental outlet that had a copy either. The movie was interesting and did contain some nearly X rated sexual performances but the technical limitations prevent me from recommending it as anything more than a rental.