Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 14th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 1986
Director: Jamil Dehlavi
Writers: Rafiq Abdullah, Jamil Dehlavi
Cast: Peter Firth, Suzan Crowley, Stefan Kalipha, Oh-Tee, Nabil Shaban, Jean Ainslie
DVD released: October 27th, 2009
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Mondo Macabro
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: After observing unusual activity on the sun, an astronomer seeks out a musician named Paul who recently has been plagued by nightmarish visions. The astronomer believes that the unusual activity on the sun and the visions that are haunting Paul are somehow connected. On her deathbed Paul’s mother tells him about the father who died before he was born while in Turkey looking for someone known as ‘Master Musician’. Wanting to discover what really happened to his father, Paul goes to Turkey in search of the truth and the mysterious entity known as ‘Master Musician’.
Even though the plot appears straight forward enough, its intricate layers of subtext demand that the viewer pay attention to every detail no matter how insignificant it may appear at first glance. At the core of this film is a story about good versus evil, in which this films protagonist finds himself in a duel with a ‘devil’ like entity that is simply known as ‘Master Musician’. The one area where the film excels is its atmospheric visual style which perfectly captures the mystical and nightmarish aspects of the story at hand. In a film with unusual occurrences the film’s most memorable moment is a scene where the astronomer gives birth to an insect like creature that was conceived the night before when she raped Paul, the musician. Ultimately fans of surreal cinema are sure to get the most out of this most unusual film, while those who are not as adventurous might find themselves overwhelmed.
Mondo Macabro presents Born of Fire in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. This is a solid looking transfer that boasts rich and nicely saturated colors, details look sharp and black levels remain strong throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio is in great shape as dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 46 seconds – 4:3 full frame), a text essay about the film, four text based bios, director Jamil Dehlavi, actress Suzan Crowley and actors Peter Firth and Nabil Shaban. The main extras included with this release are three interviews Jamil Dehlavi (15 minutes 1 second – anamorphic widescreen, in English), Peter Firth (12 minutes 24 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in English) and Nabil Shaban (31 minutes 19 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in English). All three participants not only discuss in-depth the film. They also touch upon various other projects from throughout their careers. Rounding out the extras is the Mondo Macabro preview trailer which includes clips from titles they have currently released or about to release. Overall Mondo Macabro gives another obscure film a deluxe DVD release.