This tribute to the 1980 camp classic "Xanadu" features many seldom seen images and items. We begin with the original 8 American lobby cards, then progress into the Japanese movie program. From there we see all of the American album and single covers, along with the record labels.then a few newspaper clippings for the film. Finally, we end up looking at the Marvel comic book version of "Xanadu" along with several "making-of" photos. "Xanadu" starred Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly (in his last dancing role) and Michael Beck (from "The Warriors".) It was released on August 8, 1980 (8/8/80). Although it was critically panned, the film generated a very successful soundtrack that featured 5 top 10 singles."Magic (ONJ)", "I'm Alive (ELO)", "All Over The World (ELO)", "Xanadu (ONJ & ELO)" and "Suddenly (ONJ & Cliff Richard)".
The soundtrack was originally set up as a double-disc release, but was trimmed down to a single disc. The two tracks featured here are rare b-sides from the original singles."You Made Me Love You" by ONJ was the b-side of "Suddenly", and "Drum Dreams" by ELO backed both "I'm Alive" and "All Over The World". Both songs were featured in the film. Neither of them have been released on CD. "Fool Country" was the b-side to ONJ's "Magic", and it was released on the ONJ "Gold" CD in 2005.
If you subtract the plot from the film, and just look at the musical numbers, it's actually quite good. Olivia has never looked so beautiful, and the SFX are very fun.not to mention seeing Gene Kelly dancing again!
Over the years, "Xanadu" has achieved somewhat of a cult classic status. There are Xanadu parties, plays, and even "Rocky Picture Show"-esque audience participation film showings. The film is a time capsule of the late 70s and early 80s.as disco began to shift to new-wave pop. Perhaps MCA/Universal will decide to release a special edition DVD that includes the "Making of Xanadu" television special, all of the trailers for TV and film, and maybe even some deleted footage (as the film was rewritten midway through shooting.) It would be nice.