R.I.P. Andy Sidaris…

 

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Man, I can’t believe I’m having to write another one of these!

Last night I got an e-mail from Arlene Sidaris, wife of one-of-a-kind filmmaker Andy Sidaris, that Andy had passed away on Wednesday. I actually had the good fortune to know Andy a little bit in the last 2 years, having been recommended to him by Fred Olen Ray as a guy who could author the DVDs for his last handful of films that hadn’t yet made it to release. He was a good-natured guy, honest and very dedicated to what he was doing… to first meet him one might have thought he had an almost arrogant pride in his work (which he did, and there’s nothing wrong with that)… but after spending enough time with Andy, you realized that he was kind of in on the joke. He knew what he was making wasn’t exactly high art, but he didn’t care and he was having fun with it all the way along. A refreshing attitude given all the bloated egos in Hollywood, this guy was just larger than life.

For those of you too young to know about Andy Sidaris, his career was launched in television back in the ’60s, where he laid claim to being the first TV director to establish the style of shooting sports events which is still used today (including MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL and THE WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS). Ironically for another obituary I posted not long ago, he fiercely claimed to have directed the now-legendary football scene in Robert Altman’s feature film M*A*S*H.

But for my generation, Andy will always be remembered for bringing us a gaggle of Playboy and Penthouse models armed with heavy artillery in a string of fun, James Bond-style features that began with MALIBU EXPRESS in 1985 and ran well into the late ’90s with RETURN TO SAVAGE BEACH. These movies were played almost round the clock (or so it seemed) on USA Network and made a fortune on home video and internationally.

As recently as last year, Andy was planning a return to such films and thanks to the calling card of my DVD authoring work for him, I was on the hook to edit his next effort. Sadly, Andy’s failing health couldn’t keep up with the ambitions in his mind.

Here’s a toast to the guy who brought us a lot of fond memories and fun back when home video was truly great.

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