Science fiction, blaxploitation, cosmic free-jazz and radical race politics combine when Sun Ra returns to earth in his music-powered space ship to battle for the future of the black race and offer an "alter-destiny" to those who would join him. Intentionally created as an homage to the low-budget science fiction films of the 50's and 60's, Space Is The Place became a visual embodiment of Sun Ra's Afro-Egyptian myth of salvation in outer space. The special effects, outrageous plot line and apocalyptic message harmonize with the otherworldly score and a climactic live performance by one of the most innovative and profound groups in jazz history. This is the director's cut of the 1974 film production restored to its original 82 minute length.
NTSC all region, 98 minutes, digital transfer enhanced for widescreen televeisons, 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. Features never before seen home movies of Sun Ra and His Arkestra. Video interview with director John Coney and producer Jim Newman. Deluxe booklet with exclusive photos, introduction by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, liner notes by Sun Ra biographer John Szwed, and essay by director John Coney.
•"Black power and free jazz collided with the fashion sense of Superfly" - Jon Pareles, The New York Times