The nineties were famous for its action movies and the heroes who punched and shot their way through them. In the `friendly' rivalry between Stallone and Schwarzenegger, they both had their hits and misses. Demolition Man was not Stallone's biggest hit, but, then again, it certainly wasn't a miss.
Watching it nearly twenty years after it was made is still a joy. It's still, loud, proud, blatantly tongue-in-cheek in places and a great watch. Stallone is the cop, frozen in time along with his arch criminal nemesis, Snipes, and both of them defrosted in a (supposedly) utopian future, only to rage havoc once again.
There are plenty of jokes to go alongside the action and Sandra Bullock is great as the plucky lead (and you can see why her performance led on to her true breakthrough role in Speed a year later). And Nigel Hawthorne should also get a nod for his `futuristic version of Sir Humphrey' in San Angeles - great to see such a serious character actor trading insults with Hollywood's hard men!
If you like your action movies fun and light-hearted then Demolition Man stands up to the test of time. It may not be Rambo, Rocky or the Terminator franchise, but it deserves its place in nineties-action history (even if just for making the audience ask the question `Just what exactly was the deal with the `three seashells'?).
on 22 September 2011
Finally, we get the uncut version for home viewing! :)
The UK DVD is missing two hits to the head of Stallone in the final fight, along with a double ear-clap (the BBFC used to cut these routinely, even from 18 films!) for fear of imitabilty. However, they have seen the stupid and ridiculous errors of their ways and this Blu-ray edition is fully uncut :)
Enjoy - its a clever, funny, thrilling 90s actioner.
on 3 May 2013
Being a Stallone Fan i Love this Movie!!! After a bit of a slump Stallone came back with this little Gem. It stars Stallone as tough Cop John Spartan! A no nonsense Cop who is trying to restore order to 90's LA, which is out of control down to a Criminal Gang headed by Leader Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) Phoenix's Gang are holding a bunch of Hostages in their Lair, and Spartan is sent in to get them out. A Battle between Spartan & Phoenix soon breaks out and although Spartan Wins this round, it is Phoenix who has the last laugh, as unknown to Spartan the Building he thought to be clear of Hostages, was in fact not, so the Building Spartan just Blew up was full of Innocents! A trick Phoenix had planned all along to set up Spartan. Both Phoenix and Spartan are sent to serve time in a New type of Prison, one where the Inmates are Frozen in Cryo Units so as to serve their time without Aging. Thirty Five Years later and Spartan is Thawed out to find a very different La! A one where Crime, Violence, Aggression, Swearing and even the Physical act of Sex are no more, and everyone he knew is Dead and Gone! This supposed Paradise is not all it seems, as Spartan soon Discovers when he witnesses, and Fights an Underground Criminal Gang Trying to Steal Food, which turn out to be a Underground Resistance movement in actual fact, who don't want to Buy into this Paradise which just Masks the Truth! That it is a Totalitarian Society with a Crazy Totalitarian Leader, pretending to be Righteous!!! Spartan is also soon to Discover he is not alone in this Strange New World, as Phoenix and the whole Gang are back and up to their old Tricks!!! This is Stallone at his Best again, with his Style of Action and One Liners. A Cool little Action set in the Future, that is Entertaining from Start to Finish!!!
I look at the incredibly low rating on internet forums and I can only presume that those who voted are from the arty farty set, the kind of people who class a 7 minute shot of a curtain as the pinnacle of great cinema. I can't for the life of me believe that any fan of the dumb action popcorn picture could not have enjoyed this tremendously fun, violent, and furious film.
It's 1996 and L.A. is in chaos, Sly Stallone is tough bastard cop John Spartan, a cop who is known as The Demolition Man because he does what it takes to take the bad guys down. After a slam bang encounter with ultimate bad maniac Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes having the time of his life) he gets thrown into permanent cryogenic prison (along with the apprehended Phoenix) for not saving some hostages during the show down with Phoenix. The plot then spins us to San Angeles 2032 where there is little to no crime except for some mild survival crime from an underground army led by a delightfully stoic Edgar Friendly (Denis Leary), but somehow Simon Phoenix is out, and the future is about to revert back to chaos and destruction.
The police of the time just can't cope, so they thaw out Spartan to catch his old sparring partner to hopefully end the chaos that San Angeles now finds itself in. The jokes are thick and fast as Stallone enjoys laughing at himself, it's also an interesting vision of the future that writers Peter M. Lenkov and Robert Reneau have created, but in amongst the jokes is a very cute social commentary that may have been missed by the arty farty set, so although the film serves purely as a one date no brainer offering, it still can proudly lay claim to being one of the best that the genre had to offer not only 1993 (a good year for action movies), but also the whole decade.
Leave the brain at the door, turn all the speakers up, and enjoy the ride. Oh and don't look at the curtains. 9/10
on 10 March 2004
When this movie was released, it went head-to-head with Slys old rival Arnie, and his 'Last Action Hero'. Sly won. Not only with box office, but with the critics too. Where Arnie's effort was far too souless, the real joy in DM is the irony and comic elements. Watching Sly's traditional screen persona get shot down and ridiculed at every turn, must have been terrific fun for him. The action is good, the story is ok. Its the design and small ideas that win through. The 'no contact' sex helmets, the music charts being old commercial jingles and, best of all, the President Schwarzenegger Memorial Library (not as ridiculous these days!!).
All very clever and witty. Sly is terrific, relaxed and cool. Sandra looks like heaven and its a great piece of intelligent escapism. Give it a go.
on 18 July 2003
I dont know how people can review this film so badly,it is a classic action film.Wesley Snipes is cast in his perfect role and is brilliant in this film,and along with Stallone,provide lots of fantastic fight scenes.The Story may be a bit far fetched considering it doesnt look too far into the future,but that doesnt take anything away from this film.Sandra Bullock is also great in this film,and provides many very funny moments.It is a brilliant film which gets the balance of action and comedy just right,and is a must for any fan of good films.Buy this!
on 14 August 2008
For me, the movie itself is a nineties' classic: action, adventure and humour blended together seamlessly to provide a thoroughly enjoyable (if untaxing) two hour break from reality.
Unfortunately, this DVD release is WOEFUL. I could forgive the complete lack of extras (not even a trailer or production notes) but the picture looks like a poor transfer from VHS: it may be anamorphic, but it suffers from clear macro-blocking, colour shifts, artifacing and wholly excessive grain from the opening Warner Bros logo to the end credits. The entire disc takes up less than 3.5gb: given the complete lack of additional material, I find it perplexing that Warner Bros didn't at least use up the remaining free space to give the video a much-needed boost in bitrate.
Here's hoping this great movie will get the treatment it deserves in a future release, be it a special-edition DVD or in hi-def.
Movie: 4/5, Disc: 1/5
on 29 October 2004
His career faultering somewhat, Sylvester Stallone decided to try somthing new and branched out into the realmes of sci fi, this being his first attempt, 'Judge Dredd' in 1995 being his second. While most people including some of the fans shunned it, i personally think that it is a breety good film all round. It's a typical Stallone film, with plenty of guns, explosions, a bad guy, and of course a hero which is Stallone himself in the form of John Spartan.
John Spartan is a cop who has been on the trail of master criminal Simon Phoenix for two years, and when he finally does catch him, the building that they are in blows up killing thirty or so innocent people. Of course Spartan is blamed for the incident, resulting in him being incarcerated in a cryogenic prison for thirty odd years.
Finally he is released in the next century, in the year 2032 where the world is very different. All harmful things have been made illegal; smoking, drinking, contact sports, and even salt etc, sex has become a non contact affair as well (much to the dismay of Spartan) and people even recieve criminal credits for swearing, somthing that Spartan (and phoenix) get a lot of.
The reason for his early release is so that he can once again catch Phoenix who has escaped from the cryogenic facility and is causeing havok in the streets of the new San Angeles (San Dieago and LA have merged). None of the police force can handle him and only the outmoded ways of John Spartan and the help of Lenina Huxley to show him the new ways, can save the city from certain peril.
Stallone is perfect in his role as the tough 'old fashioned' cop who is released from Cryosleep to help the new SAPD. A blonde Wesly Snipes is also brillaint in his role as the heartless criminal Simon Phoenix who starts a meaningless rampage through the city. Originally Stallone wanted Jackie Chan to play this role, however he turned it down as he did not like playing bad guys.
However both stars work very well together, producing some very exciting fight scenes, Snipes being a black belt, and Stallone's experience from the Rocky films helping them. In fact Wesley Snipes was so fast on camera that the producers had to ask him to slow down as he was too much of a blurr.
Of course, lets not forget Sandra Bullock who replaced Lori Petty after a few days filming, and is very well suited to her role as Lenina Huxley, and helped to bring that vital mixture of comedy into the film with her studies of the past. Both her and Stallone work well on-screen together with the scene in her apartment being a great laugh. Benjamin Bratt played Alfredo Garcia who is named after the Sam Pekinpah Film, 'Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia' from 1974.
As regards to the extras on this DVD, unfortunately there are none what so ever bar scene selection, interactive menus and subtitles, theres not even a trailer. This is a shame as a featurette or a behind the scenes documentary would have been nice for some of the die hard fans. However for the time being we'll just have to make do with the wonderful film itself.
Overall though, 'Demolition Man' is brilliant action packed movie, just what you would expect from a Stallone, or even a Wesley Snipes movie. A treat for fans of both stars or just action and/or sci-fi fans in general and with just the right mixture of comedy and action i highly recommend it to all!
on 17 September 2011
The unmistakably 90s action/sci-fi cult classic arrives on Blu-ray to inspire us all with joy joy feelings!
I last saw 'Demolition Man' on a VHS recorded off TV. So to say I was impressed by the Blu-ray would be an understatement. Warner Bros have clearly put some effort into this transfer, as it's one of the best catalogue releases I've seen.
Firstly, I did not pick up on any digital noise reduction. There's a VERY fine layer of grain covering the image throughout, lending a nice and filmic quality to the picture. Close-ups display an excellent amount of facial detail, especially on Stallone and Snipes, but even on the smooth-faced citizens of San Angeles (a futuristic makeup choice, or so I am led to believe). While there are more than a few soft shots here and there, the overall level of quality is pin-sharp. You might just be able to make out the small print on that 'Lethal Weapon 3' poster in Huxley's office.
I also did not detect any edge enhancement; and even if there is some then it must be barely noticeable. Black levels also appear well resolved, with plenty of clear shadow detail.
My only real boggle with the picture quality would be its skin tones. For most of the film, everyone appears overly tanned (orange, even). But I'm not sure if this is more to do with the source material than it is a fault with the Blu-ray transfer, so I may be fretting over nothing. Otherwise, colours are strong throughout.
'Demolition Man's' DTS-HD 5.1 audio track doesn't disappoint either. Elliot Goldenthal's score benefits appropriately, while the various sonic qualities appear to be correctly balanced. Gunshots and explosions pack an audible punch, hand-to-hand combat sequences are satisfyingly meaty and dialogue is perfectly clear (or, in the case of Stallone, as clear as it can be). Nothing is lost in the overall mix.
As for extras, Warner Bros weren't quite as generous in this department. All that's included is the original theatrical trailer and a director/producer commentary ported over from the DVD which is sadly lacking the presence of the movie's stars. I'd love it if Stallone and Snipes got together to record a commentary one day, but I won't get my hopes too high.
Just to clarify, I should point out that this UK Blu-ray is indeed uncut, and features the original Taco Bell print.
The film is nothing short of entertaining, and the high definition transfer is exceptionally strong for a release of this calibre. If you're an action fan, and unless extra features are a deal breaker for you, then this Blu-ray is highly recommended.
on 14 June 2014
Demolition Man is a great movie to just pop in and unplug from the world. This movie in my opinion has a great mixture of action and comedy, sprinkled with some SciFi. If you are unfamiliar with Demotion Man the summary of this movie is as follows; Demolition Man is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla his directorial debut, and starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. The film was released in the United States on October 8, 1993. The film tells the story of two men--one, an evil crime lord; the other, a risk-taking police officer--who are cryogenically frozen in the year 1996 and reawakened in 2032. Following a massive earthquake in 2010 that destroyed much of Los Angeles, it merged with San Diego to form a planned city called San Angeles in which all crime has seemingly been eliminated from mainstream society.