Fifty Years

I’ve been quiet here, even thinking about taking it down. I’ve moved on from my obsession with the film Melody that dominated this place for a while. However, it’s still a good movie, albeit imperfect and a freshman effort by the writer and producer, and with an odd non-ending. So I would be remiss if I failed to note the 50th anniversary of the first release date of Melody.

It was released in the US March 28, 1971, having been filmed spring and summer of 1970. I never realized that was the first release. It was just days before my 10th birthday, and coincided with when I had my first, confusing, crush. It was apparently released here as “To Love Somebody.” Seeing it at the time might well have changed my life completely, assuming I wasn’t just bored and wondering why I’d been dragged to it.  That was also a few months before my parents were officially divorced, and about 13 months after my father had left and they were separated.

Other major release dates were:
UK April 8, 1971
Japan June 26, 1971
Argentina September 30, 1971

In the last two and elsewhere around the world, it was released under Melody, the name God and Alan Parker intended. In the UK, it was released, even more bizarrely than the US change, as SWALK, for sealed with a loving kiss. That was the decision of the distributor.

Perhaps it was a case of lessons learned that helped lead to it keeping the correct name and presumably being more intelligently marketed in Japan and places like Argentina. Perhaps the timing also made a difference. The March and April dates, in modern times, would have been chosen to avoid being up against summer blockbuster release dates, but this predated that direction in movie marketing.

It’s a shame nobody arranged a modest 50th anniversary release, big enough to satisfy the fans who didn’t get a DVD somehow. They’d hear of it. Most others wouldn’t care. Perhaps some would discover it if it popped up places like Amazon. For that matter, it ought to be available as a never-goes-away streaming option on some of the usual suspect platforms. But I digress. I only discovered it from clips being used with the associated Bee Gees songs on YouTube. That was intriguing, since I had a relatively similar story in my head inspired by First of May.

Anyway, congratulation for fifty years of Melody happiness.