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Damnation Alley (1977) Reg 2 DVD

Jan-Michael Vincent , George Peppard , Jack Smight    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda
  • Directors: Jack Smight
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Final Cut Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050HVU0W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This cult classic apocalyptic pre Mad Max is available for the first time on region 2 dvd.

A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other dangers along the way.



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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, I'll Be Damned 4 Oct 2011
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Following a nuclear war, the earth is knocked off its axis causing freak weather conditions. A small group of soldiers are holed up in the middle of a desert, as far as they know they are the only survivors. Then there is a fire at their shelter, and the only four who survive the blast set out to seek life on Earth, a radio signal from Albany offering some hope. Only the small matter of giant scorpions, flesh eating cockroaches and mutant rednecks stand in their way as they travel to their destination....
I have a disease. I have to actively seek out and watch every film I saw as a child or teenager, even those I only have a vague recollection of. So, Damnation Alley, a film I saw once late night on ITV, was of course an eagerly awaited dvd release.
To be honest, time has not treated this film well. It all starts off with a bang, with the U.S.A trading nuclear missiles with an unnamed enemy, and the sky turning into a cover from a Yes album. Then we are treated to the sight of Jan-Michael Vincent crossing the desert on a motorbike, with a shop mannequin as a passenger, and having to dodge several stock footage giant scorpions. Very exciting. It's when the small band of brothers road trip starts that things start to go downhill.
That's not to say that there aren't occasional pleasures to enjoy along the way. A trip to Salt Lake City, where Keegan's words 'I can't stand bugs' come back to haunt him with a vengeance, is a rare highlight. On the other hand, the viewer endures some criminally banal sequences, that on paper probably sounded quite exciting.
George Peppard simply looks on at proceedings with complete disinterest etched into his face. Jan-Michael Vincent does his best in a one dimensional role, but it's Paul Winfield who comes off best as the likeable Keegan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The next 'Star Wars'! Well, not quite..... 20 April 2014
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...but it's hilarious that 20th Century Fox once thought this, and held the film back for a year (it was finished in '76) to see how 'Star Wars' performed.

What can I say? It's not the best sci-fi movie ever made, It's cheesy, and some of the effects have not stood the test of time. It actually starts off with quite a strong opening sequence (like that of 'WarGames' except this time, it's NOT a simulated attack), so it's a shame that it then descends into B-movie nonsense....but this has always been a particular favourite of mine and I was really glad to see it released on DVD. It's an entertaining little film if nothing else, one of those 'turn off brain, enjoy' films that you can watch with friends, have some popcorn and a laugh and maybe do an MST3K-style riffing (and how this film was never featured on MST3K I'll never know). Great to see Jan-Michael Vincent and George Peppard together here, both completely unaware that they would go on to be the stars of rival '80s shows Airwolf and The A-Team respectively...JMV in particular demonstrating what a terrific actor he always was and what a shame it is that his life worked out the way it did. Paul Winfield, a great actor who never seemed to meet a nice end in sci-fi movies (see 'Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan') does a good turn for the first portion of the film before meeting a grisly end, and of course there's the highlight of seeing young Jackie Earle Haley in his first screen role, a long way from becoming masked vigilante Rorschach in 'Watchmen'.

The true star of the film, of course, is the 12-wheeled armoured super-truck, the Landmaster.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Roaches on a road trip 16 Feb 2014
Apparently, “Damnation Alley” is a cult classic, presumably because of its carefree road trip feeling (very 1970's, I suppose). The main characters have access to some really hot wheels: the “Landmaster”, a kind of armoured truck, and presumably every 12-year old boy's wet dream.

Personally, however, I didn't like the film. The whole concept is weird, since the road trip takes place immediately after World War III in a post-apocalyptic landscape filled with giant scorpions, flesh-eating cockroaches and inbred “rednecks”! The main heroes travel around in their tank searching for survivors, and eventually find clean water, lush vegetation, well-fed horses and a small town that somehow made it through the thermonuclear blasts…

There, the story promptly ends. With a happy ending beyond the Thunderdome? Well, at least it's original…
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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 3 days ago by MR CR GLUE
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!!!!
The story is great but the movie is a bit doggy as the CGI is abit off and the special effects is abit bad too, i've seem a lot of 1960's and 70's pictures and this one is ok but... Read more
Published 11 months ago by andyxxx
4.0 out of 5 stars Precious memories.
Great film, swiftly despatched, and as good as I remembered it. One for Hawkwind fans everywhere though production values may be a bit 'low'. Read more
Published 18 months ago by steve broomfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Benedictus
- Saw this movie already in the early 80's.
- Good science fiction film with ups and downs concerning action, but good combination of both, and no boring and long... Read more
Published 18 months ago by benedictus
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film
I remember watching this on TV years ago so its great to have Damnation Alley on DVD + Blu Ray now.
Its a classic B movie film about a Nuclear holocaust. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by D. Fortune
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to the Alley.
I first saw this amazing movie when i was just 11. It completely blew me away with the big bugs, nuclear blasts and amazing machines. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by Angel 13
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Film - give it a go, you know you want to!
The thing that stayed with me about this film when I watched it as a child was some of the visuals when combined with the musical score by JERRY GOLDBERG. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by The Kid
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