March 12, 2020  (Web Review)

The Point

MVD, 75 min., not rated, Blu-ray: $29.99, Feb. 18

Reviewer rating: 3.5/4

Directed by Fred Wolf, this 1971 made-for-TV movie about a boy who is born without a point on his head (in a fantasy kingdom where everyone and everything has a literal point) can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Narrated by Ringo Starr, the story follows Oblio and his dog Arrow who have been banished to the Pointless Forest, where they meet a cast of colorful characters and learn that, in the words of the Rock Man, “you don’t need to have a point to have a point.” The arch-hip late ‘60s dialogue is sometimes embarrassing, but the soundtrack by Harry Nilsson—which includes the standout songs “Me and My Arrow,” “The Town,” “Poli High,” and “Are You Sleeping?”—hasn’t aged a note. Making its Blu-ray debut, The Point features a decent transfer (2K from 16mm elements that are a little worn in spots), along with extras including a four-part retrospective featurette (which appeared on the earlier DVD release), the original animation sequence that inspired the film, new interviews, and an excellent documentary, Nilsson on Screen, with Nilsson biographer Alyn Shipton and friends on Nilsson’s film projects and appearances. A wonderful nostalgic throwback, this is highly recommended. (R. Pitman)