Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth – Exclusive Poster Preview

Radio Free Albemuth filmmaker John Alan Simon has given us an exclusive look at the VOD poster for his movie – let us know what you think of it in the comments (be nice, y’all).

RFA poster

Simon says, “The sci-fi prophet Philip K. Dick would have loved the technological magic that a film based on this work could be available to so many potential viewers all at once, everywhere in the U.S. to provoke the kind of political, philosophical and spiritual debates he believed in.   Today America, hopefully soon the world.  We believe this is the inevitable and promising future of movies – particularly the kind of thoughtful indie films we struggle so hard to get made in today’s comic book franchise, tentpole/blockbuster climate.”

Radio Free Albemuth will be released on June 27, 2014 not only in theatres in New York and Los Angeles and eight other major U.S. markets but also on all major VOD and digital  U.S. platforms, including iTunes, Comcast and TimeWarner.

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  • flipdog

    It reminds me that although I’ve got loads of his work, I’ve never read this one; therefore I will buy it. If it’s advertising, it’s good.

    I don’t watch films though, so if it’s advertising for that, then it’s bad. Probably.

  • Echar Lailoken

    It looks promising.

    • Virtually Yours

      Just watched it and I am torn. I love the book (easily one of PKD’s best) and while the purist in me appreciates how closely it follows the plot, that’s not enough to make it a good film…

      I cannot imagine anyone enjoying it unless they have read the book first, though hopefully I am wrong about this. But for those who have not been properly initiated into the Gnostic musings of PKD or read about his real-life hallucinations which inspired this story, it’s just going to come across as a convoluted hot mess.

      As a film, it was not compelling, dramatic, or suspenseful, though it frequently felt cheesy and forced. A lot of this had to do with the actors…they just weren’t convincing, and some were flat-out awful. But the pacing was also off, and it ends up feeling much longer than it should have.

      It’s a shame, because the overall themes of the story could not be more relevant. I admire the director for having the brains/balls to tackle this sort of material, even if it did turn out to be somewhat of a train-wreck :-(

      • Echar Lailoken

        I saw it too. I was entertained, but it’s my favorite. I agree with your assesment.

  • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

    Sync!

  • Roger Mexico

    Always loved the book. I like it better than the other VALIS novels, and consider one of his best works overall.

    To be honest, though, the previews for this don’t look all that impressive–stilted dialogue and cheap CGI special effects. Maybe I’ll give it a chance, but… um, really? Alanis Morrissette?

    I’m glad faithful film renderings of PKD stories are finally becoming a thing now. (His stories are usually heavily adulterated to produce movies such as ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Blade Runner’, which are both good movies but are more “inspired by” than “based on” their nominal source material. ‘Minority Report’ both departed from its source material and kind of sucked, IMHO.)

    But it’s an ambitious thing to do given the esoteric nature of Dick’s writing. I’d rather see more of his stories handled by established, skilled directors like Linklater. Not to be a hater, but I hope this movie doesn’t turn out to be a turkey that sullies the name of the book it’s based on.

  • BrianApocalypse

    I’ve been waiting to see this movie since 2007, so it better be good! Radio Free Albemuth is one of Dick’s best novels IMO.

  • Larry Gainor

    So – what are the other eight major markets where the movie will be released?

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