Friday, December 9, 2016

'The Search For Weng Weng' DVD Review

Andrew Leavold is a B-movie fanatic. The man simply loves the stuff. His dream was to bring a documentary that looked at the B-movie genre and explained it inside and out. Weng Weng was a 2'9" Filipino James Bond movie actor. His films of the 1970's 'For Y'ur Height Only' and 'The Impossible Kid' have become an Internet sensation. Leavold takes a look at the movie business to show what's right and wrong with the industry.

Weng Weng came on quick and just as quick was gone. This could actually be called a look at what makes a cult sensation. Weng Weng died in 1992 so everything told in this documentary is word of mouth from those that knew him or worked with him.

Leavold travelled to the Philippines and actually got lucky. He was able to talk with directors, stuntmen, and editors who worked with the actor. Many of the interviews were done in some interesting venues and makes for some good commentary. As time goes by and Leavold has made several trips to the Island he was able to piece together a rather interesting look at the B-film actor. Imelda Marcos even gets in on the fun of this interesting look at the Philippine movie industry.

Wild Eye Releasing brings this documentary to DVD on November 8th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are fantastic. This look at the rise and fall of a cult sensation is something that you may want to take the time to watch. In essence it explains much of what we the public never have an idea of, what actually goes on behind the scenes of the movie business. About the only thing that is lacking with this documentary is that Weng Weng doesn't speak for himself. This is definitely something that you may want to add to that personal library. It really does explain much. Enjoy.