The 1975 zany cult western comedy film GREASER’S PALACE by Robert Downey Sr. is finally arriving on Blu-ray and DVD via HD transfer, presented by Doppelganger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing.
The story of Christ meets Wild Wild West in this acid comedy surrounding Jessy (played by Allan Arbus) who swings by town performing miracles on his way to Jerusalem to become an actor / singer.
GREASER’S PALACE, a surreal and outrageous parable on the life of Christ set in a rundown Wild West town, makes its worldwide Blu-ray and DVD debut remastered with a high-definition transfer via a brand-new HD scan with extensive color correction of the original negatives.
If the expression “it must be seen to be believed” was ever appropriate, it would be in the case of Downey’s deliciously irreverent GREASER’S PALACE. An acid comedy western of incredible extremes, it plays like a lighter version of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo minus the ultra-violence, while still retaining every ounce of religious blasphemy and taboo-smashing absurdity.
In GREASER’S PALACE, the story of Christ’s sufferings is “updated” and set in the wild and woolly Old West, where a zoot-suited drifter named Jessy (Allan Arbus, Damien: Omen II, Cisco Pike) performs miracles and attracts a large following. But what he really wants to do is sing and dance! He finally gets a chance to bring his act to the The Palace, a saloon run by the ruthless Seaweedhead Greaser (Albert Anderson, Serpico), and he’s a big hit. But Jessy’s got more miracles to do…like restoring life to Greaser’s son Lamy (Michael Sullivan), who’s been killed by his father, and then contending with Greaser’s envious daughter Cholera (Luana Anders, The Last Detail). Meanwhile, an unnamed woman (Elsie Downey) struggles to reach the town after her husband and son are murdered.
Beginning June 5, 2018, Robert Downey Sr.’s 1972 cult favorite GREASER’S PALACE will be available on Blu-ray and DVD disc with bonus features including an on-camera interview with Robert Downey Sr. by writer Rudy Wurlitzer and liner notes by academy award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of The Lambs) for the suggested retail price of $29.95 and $19.95, respectively. Pre-book date begins May 1, 2018 and is presented by the ongoing collaboration of Scorpion Releasing and Doppelgänger Releasing.
Filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. first emerged as a leading figure on New York’s underground cinema scene in the 1960s with such films as the manic parody Chafed Elbows (1966) and the landmark satire Putney Swope (1969). Shot on location in New Mexico with a reported budget of $1 million, GREASER’S PALACE proved to be “Downey’s funniest, most accomplished and most audacious film yet,” according to Jay Cocks of Time magazine.
Also featured in the cast of GREASER’S PALACE are Hervé Villechaize (TV’s Fantasy Island , Forbidden Zone) as a ravenous dwarf, future choreographer and singer Toni Basil (of “Mickey” music video fame) as a topless Indian scout, and a six-year-old Robert Downey, Jr., billed here as “Small Boy in Covered Wagon.” The score for GREASER’S PALACE was composed by Jack Nitzsche, who went on to win an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his work on An Officer and A Gentleman.
The very definition of 1970s “cult film”—when it really meant something to be a cult film—GREASER’S PALACE continues to shock and delight today’s audiences with its deranged inventiveness and undeniable watchability.