Film Chest & Virgil Films & Entertainment
Proudly Present (on the CULTRA Label) …


Magicians, Monkeys, Mad Scientists & More!

Cult Classic Long Thought Lost is Newly Restored
Never Released on Video, First Time Ever on DVD and in HD

Special DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack Appears Jan. 25th

A supernaturally skilled conjurer and his simian sidekick, the stars of a small-time circus, must defeat a jealous rival and evil doctor to stay together in the cult classic CARNIVAL MAGIC, being released in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack Jan. 25 from Film Chest on the CULTRA label (distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment).

In CARNIVAL MAGIC– never before available in any home entertainment format – swarthy, mystical magician Markov the Magnificent (Don Stewart, TV’s "Guiding Light", "Knots Landing", "Dragnet") can read minds and levitate people and objects at will. Working a small-time carnival, he teams up with Alexander the Great (“Alex”), an über-intelligent chimp who has the ability to speak. Soon the duo is the belle of the fair, their act drawing huge crowds.

The carnival’s dastardly and envious wild animal trainer, enraged that his own act has been unseated as the circus’ top attraction, plots to rid himself of competition. “Chimp-napping” Alex, he hands him over to a shady scientist who is planning some very nasty medical experiments. A desperate Markov must quickly come up with a plan to save Alex, as well as his own livelihood.

Co-starring Regina Carrol (DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, SATAN'S SADISTS, BLOOD OF GHASTLY HORROR), Jennifer Houlton (TV’s "The Doctors") and Howard Segal (THE LAST GAME), CARNIVAL MAGIC was directed by Al Adamson and was once called “The finest family film since E.T.” by Joe Franklin, WWOR-TV.

The late Adamson’s G-rated talking monkey movie has been the source of rumors and wild speculation for nearly 30 years. Some insist only a single print was ever made, while others claim the film never saw the light of day until a copy was “found” in Adamson’s Florida home shortly after he was murdered (on the cusp of a reported comeback effort) in 1995, his corpse discovered beneath the concrete and tile-covered whirlpool bath in his newly remodeled bathroom. Adamson was married to the film’s star, Regina Carrol, from 1972 to 1992, when she passed away from cancer.

CARNIVAL MAGIC was originally released theatrically in 1982 in 30 markets, doing well at the box office. Not until 2009 were the negative, screenplay, 16 complete 35mm prints, outtakes, press books, one-sheets and other treasures discovered in an east coast warehouse. To celebrate, TCM Underground premiered the newly restored master this past October.

CARNIVAL MAGIC is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16x9 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Stereo. Special features include an interview with producer Elvin Feltner; outtakes; audio commentary with cult film historian Joe Rubin and Feltner; “Making Of” featurette; original theatrical trailer; and Spanish subtitles.