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Damnation Alley [Blu-ray] [1977] [US Import]

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  • Actors: George Peppard, Paul Winfield, Jackie Earle Haley, Robert Donner
  • Format: Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W4M1LQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,789 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray
A long time ago, a film studio far, far away put its faith in a big budget science fiction film in a time of chaos in the industry. It wasn't their only sci-fi film - they had another one with a lower budget going through a troubled production at the same time - but for a while some execs thought that Damnation Alley, their biggest release of the year, would be a big enough hit to cover their losses... The result was probably the most expensive B-movie ever made, costing more than films like The Spy Who Loved Me or The Towering Inferno despite not offering much more than George Peppard and Jan-Michael Vincent driving an RV through the desert for 90 minutes `under skies lurid and angry, in a climate gone insane.' A huge box-office flop, it ended up on a double-bill with Ralph Bakshi's Wizards in the US and with David Carradine quickie Thunder and Lightning in Europe, the success of Star Wars allowing its failure to go largely unnoticed.

It had pedigree: Jack Smight may not be a name many remember now but he was a solid hitmaker with films like Winning, Midway, Harper and Airport 1975 under his belt, the self-destructive Jan-Michael Vincent was still being pushed as the next big thing (and was considerably cheaper than the $2m Steve McQueen wanted to do the film), Jerry Goldsmith provided the score and in Alan Sharp and Lukas Heller it had two excellent screenwriters. Roger Zelazny's novel had cult status and the pitch of doing a kind of post-apocalyptic Easy Rider-cum-Wages of Fear was the kind of logline that green lights are made of.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 10 May 2013
Format: DVD
"Damnation Alley" by Roger Zelazny is a great book (at least amongst Sci Fi novels), one of few good American post-apocaplyse novels, which lacks the cosy middle classness of so many British post-apocalypse books.

George Peppard is an actor ("The A Team" excepted) who I always liked.

The Landmaster vehicles- derived from the Lockheed Terra Star concept- are fantastic. And I think one crops up in A.P.E.X.

The film, however, is rubbish of the worst kind. Zelazny hated the script- the second one, which was the one filmed without his knowledge, he having approved the first script.

The script filmed is melodrama of the very, very worst kind. Wholly stereotyped and completely predictable. Zelazny's Hell Tanner, one of the great bad boy turned good (-ish) heroes (a model for Jack Crow and Riddick) is turned into little more than a slightly naughty hippie.

The effects- even given the time- are shockingly bad. Ray Harryhausen was doing better than this decades earlier.

At the time this had a big budget. Then, it was terrible. Now it has a morbid curiosity value, but no more.

I hated it when it came out for the massive let down. It doesn't have the redeeming features which give some films cult status.

A real clunker.
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Format: Blu-ray
This was a big budget film that came out back in 1977. At the time jan Michael Vincent was a rising star and he had charisma to spare. Sadly drinking problems derailed his life in the next decade though. The rest of the cast is excellent as well. I reject the reviews that say that this was not a good movie special effects wise. In fact if you watch one of the documentaries about the movie you see that they did the best they could with the technology of the time. ANd audiences of the time were more than happy with the effects as they had never seen todays effects after all. Breakthroughs would come via star wars that same year , but this was the best they had and they used the techniques of the time Star wars was done by the same studio ironically. They built a fantastic vehicle for this film. The movie is based on a even better book but that's often the case. This movie has one of the most chilling scenes ever though in a film. The opening segments in which they launch a nuclear war and you see the missles coming in and the two lead characters are returning fire from their silo are a horrible reminder of what people daily lived with for decades, the threat of nuclear annihilation! , I don't think that scenario has ever been done better. The rest of the tilm is a standard adventure film where our heroes travel across the wasteland of neutron bombed cities , (those leave the buildings but kill everyone) and such. They meet monsters and such and bad humans. The science is of it's day for sure as a nuclear war wouldn't shift the worlds axis. This is a good flick that the whole family can enjoy. As the heroes are wholesome and there's a clear line between good and evil here. the print of the film is not restored. Some scenes look better than others ,but lines and dirt are not on it. .Read more ›
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Format: DVD
This film was supposed to be the adaptation of post-apocalyptic classic SF book by Robert Zelazny - but it is NOT!

Written in 1967, "Damnation Alley" by Roger Zelazny was an excellent SF novella, which was later extended into a short novel and published as a separate book. In both versions it is a very good read and it inspired a lot of later imitations, some of them good and mostly very bad, both in SF literature and in films. "Mad Max" series, and especially the second and third film, certainly owe a little bit to this book - and I think even the legendary "Escape from New York" was a tiny little bit inspired by "Damnation Valley".

In case you don't know the BOOK, here is the beginning of the action. After a nuclear war, United States are left devastated and depopulated. Two pockets of civilization remain - one in California and another around Boston, but they are separated by a mostly radioactive wasteland. In those savage lands there are mutated monsters and the few remaining people form warlike tribes - violent and vicious, but still riding in cars and using firearms. Which makes things worse, is that air and sea travel is now impossible because the climate was so upset by the nuclear war, that there are all the times terrifying storms raging everywhere. Therefore the only way to voyage is by land. Because of radioactivity in the atmosphere, there is also no radio contact.

One day, a lonely traveler driving an armored car arrives to California after coming all the way from Boston. Before dying from his wounds he transmits the message he is carrying: Boston is dying from a deadly epidemic. There is vaccin available in California - but somebody must travel all the way through what was once United States to carry it...
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