12/9/09

A.K.A. Kung Fu Suckas

Kung Fusploitation.Welcome, won't you?

According to the J. Elvis's latest twitter, the next Cinematic Titanic will be the Kung Fu/Blaxploitation mash up East Meets Watts, to released on December 16, 2009. (Coincidentally(?) the same day as the Rifftrax Live Christmas show.) Word on the internet streets is that it will be a recording of a live show rather than the traditional studio versions they've been releasing thus far. Check out the youtube sample.

I won't know what it looks like until I get back to an internet provider that allows streaming video, and I don't know how I'll feel about the "recorded live" thing until I see it. On the one hand, live riffings tend to have a lot more energy. On the other hand, audio and video quality tend to suffer, and you can lose lines in the audience reaction. It's not impossible to have the best of both worlds--the last Rifftrax Live broadcast, for example, was far, far better than either of their prerecorded versions of Plan 9--but striking the balance between live show excitement and studio-quality production values can be difficult. Here's hoping they can find that balance.