Carnival Magic (1982) – By Jason S. Lockard

I received a film in the mail that was thought to be lost, that is until now, 1982’s Carnival Magic. This film is a bit of a quandary of a film! It is a kids film that is filled adult situations such as violence, sex, abuse and alcoholism… OK! Let’s take a look at the film.

Carnival Magic follows Markov the Magnificent is a talented magician whose career is fading. When he partners with a talking chimp named Alexander the Great, the duo become the small traveling carnival’s biggest draw taking the place of an alcoholic lion-tamer. Overcome with jealousy the lion-tamer decides to kidnap Alex and sell him to a medical laboratory for experimentation, thus getting rid of his competition. It’s up to Markov t try to save his partner and friend! Does Markov save Alexander? Well you’ll have to watch the film to find out!

This is one of those films that you either love or hate! Many thought the only copies were VHS copies until 2009 when a 35 mm print was found in a warehouse. So if you have spent years trying to hunt down copy of this film look no further. Film Chest Media Group has digitally restored this film. The color is brilliant and picture is crisp. The bonus features on this DVD are plenteous; featuring audio commentary with the producer Elvin Feltner, an interview with Feltner, trailers, out takes, a before and after restoration demo and a postcard with the original movie artwork.

So if you interested in adding this long forgotten film to your collection you can’t find a better copy than Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack from Find Chest Media Group. So head over to and pick up your copy today.

Moral Rating: Adult Situations
Audience: Parental Guidance
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 100 Minutes
DVD Released: 2012
Movie Rating: C
DVD Rating: A+