Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Larry "Wild Man" Fischer

Director: Josh Rubin
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Item:  MVD 5049D

DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: MVD Visual
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Note: Deleted Scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Rudy Ray Moore [aka Dolemite] Interview
    • Two Commentaries with Larry Fischer and the Filmmakers
    • Plus Director's Notes in Insert
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Subtitles - English

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Product Description:

Larry "Wild Man" Fischer was a wildly eccentric singer who in 1968 was discovered on the streets of Hollywood by Frank Zappa, who was intrigued by Fischer's offer to write and perform original songs for passers-by for a mere ten cents each. After hearing a few dollars' worth, Zappa offered Fischer -- who had been wandering the edges of the music business for several years, with no success -- a recording contract, and in 1968 the album AN EVENING WITH WILD MAN FISCHER was released. Sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, and always boasting Fischer's wobbly matter-of-taste voice and adult-child songwriting, the two-LP set of oddball tunes (including "Merry-Go-Round," "Monkeys vs. Donkeys," "Are You From Clovis," and "The Rocket Rock") sold only modestly, and after an altercation at Zappa's home, Fischer soon found himself without a record deal. While he remained a favorite among a tiny cult of admirers, Fischer was difficult for most folks in the music industry to deal with -- he'd been diagnosed as both a manic-depressive and a paranoid-schizophrenic, and his extreme mood swings, obsessive need for attention, and inability to conform to societal standards of public behavior have kept him at the sidelines of show business as a freak talent, when his abilities are acknowledged at all. But there are a number of people who know music and believe Fischer is a genuine talent, including legendary big band singer Rosemary Clooney, soul icon Solomon Burke, Devo leader Mark Mothersbaugh, and music historian and disc jockey Dr. Demento. DERAILROADED: INSIDE THE MIND OF LARRY "WILD MAN" FISCHER is a documentary which offers a look at Fischer's torturous childhood, his strange adventures in show business, his struggle to be heard, and his constant battle with his own demons; the film includes interviews with Fischer and his admirers, as well as vintage performance clips (including his appearance on LAUGH-IN).

Plot Keywords:

Archival Footage | Documentary | Illness | Interviews | Mental Illness | Music (General) | Musicians | Rock Music

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  • Sales Rank: 69,033
  • UPC: 760137528395
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