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Hardware - Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Dylan McDermott , Stacy Travis , Richard Stanley    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dylan McDermott, Stacy Travis, John Lynch, Iggy Pop, William Hootkins
  • Directors: Richard Stanley
  • Producers: Paul Trybits
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XVA74E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,362 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mark 13 is a killing machine style cyborg, able to repair and recharge itself from any energy source. Through a series of coincidences, Mark 13's head ends up in the home of a sculptress as a bizarre Christmas present - whereupon the cyborg promptly reconstructs itself using a variety of household utensils and goes on a rampage. With Dylan McDermott, Stacy Travis and Iggy Pop.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Budget Classic 18 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
The UK doesn't produce that many really interesting directors these days, and Richard Stanley is one of those who somehow never quite broke through. Hardware was his first full feature, rumoured to be made for under a million pounds, and with his limited resources he created a cult classic for the early nineties.

The plot is lifted from the pages of a one-off 2000AD comic strip, with a war robot going crazy within the confines of a futuristic appartment. Stanley expanded the premise, but kept the claustrophobic atmosphere of the single setting and crafted a unique horror around it. With gruesome special effects, a pumping soundtrack, and some committed performances from its mainly British cast, the film has an undeniable energy, and Stanley's background in music videos is apparent from the clever camera angles, fast cuts and blend of music and visuals.

Unfortunately, the collapse of Palace Pictures meant that Stanley was unable to capitalise on the success of Hardware, and his second feature, the fantastic Dust Devil, was only finished at great financial cost to himself. Thereafter he seems to have been unable to get another full feature backed and, after a failed attempt to helm The Island of Dr Moreau, sadly Hollywood seems to have turned its back on him.

So - good film, but is this DVD worth purchasing? Well, Hardware was pretty savaged for its original 4:3 VHS release, and its unclear if this DVD is merely a print from that or something more. Buena Vista were due to release a properly remastered version, but it has been cancelled. The only good version currently on DVD is from Laser Paradise, taken from the Japanese original Laserdisc. Unlike Dust Devil, of which at least 2 decent DVDs are available, Hardware still awaits a definitive DVD treatment.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pollution And Robots 3 Jun 2009
By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Does anybody remember Richard Stanley? That erratic South African director / screenwriter responsible for the mini-classic "Dust Devil" and notorious for being booted off "The Island Of Doctor Moreau" by John Frankenheimer? Oh yes, and let's not forget the rumours of him returning to the latter's set and attempting to sabotage it... Which is probably why no film studio will touch him with a barge pole nowadays. Anyway, his first movie has finally gotten the go-ahead for release - "Hardware" (1990) and by God, if any movie needs more attention lavished on it...

Known intimately by only the hallowed few through late-night viewings on old-school Channel 4 and currently the Zone Horror channel, the film details how scavengers Mo Baxter (Dylan McDermott) and Shades (John Lynch)come across the M.A.R.K. 13 droid in a heavily polluted 21st Century landscape and attempt to make use of it - Mainly by giving the remains to Baxter's estranged girlfriend Jill (Stacey Travis) to turn into an art project. As the name of the robot states (Mark 13 is a New Testament gospel verse that states "no flesh shall be spared") it's out to fulfil it's programming, which entails slaughtering Jill and taking it from there. Everyrobot needs to start somewhere, right? Cue mayhem and Future Shock on a low budget, which you won't mind to tell the truth. And how Stanley managed to persuade Lemmy from Motorhead, Carl McCoy from Fields Of The Nephilim and Iggy Pop's voice masquerading as a radio DJ to feature is beyond me.

The DVD (as well as the Blu Ray) is a lavish affair, which is a sight to behold in this Age where four-quid re-issues are the norm. Look, you even get conceptual art cards with it by Gawd! Expect commentary from Stanley himself, deleted scenes and a documentary, "Voices Of The Moon". Apocalyptic film always get's me in a lather, and "Hardware" is right up there with the greats. OKay, maybe not "Def Con 4", but close. That was a joke.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By D'mo
Format:DVD
Now as most of my review material should make evident, I love genre movies - particularly horror. I also like a bit of sci-fi. This movie is, much like Alien, one of a few to combine the two in an innovative and visually interesting fashion while at the same time maintaining an artistic undertow that pulls the viewer along. I know this movie has its critics, and I'll not argue that its plot has been heard a dozen times before, the presentation and feel of this movie goes far beyond any other use of this storyline I've seen since Ridley Scott's masterful celebration of the predator and prey going head to head in the future.

The Earth is a polluted, poisoned wasteland; nations continue to batter against one another in seemingly endless wars while civilisation staggers like the walking wounded, trying to scrape a living between rampant disease, overpopulation and constant lies on the news networks. One of the scavengers of the battlegrounds, a nameless nomad, finds the remains of a battle robot, which then find their way into the hands of Hard Mo - a war-weary soldier coming home for another Christmas armistice that is sure to be broken. He gives the scrap to his girlfriend Jill, a shut-in artist who abhors the ruined world outside, as a gift. However, the robot is far from deactivated, and begins to reassemble itself in order to continue its program... do the words CRUSH, KILL, DESTROY sound familiar? Jill is forced to defend herself from the rampaging machine, while Mo discovers the unpleasant truth behind the MARK 13's purpose, leading to a race to get back to the apartment before the robot overpowers the unarmed Jill, who has little but her wits as defense against a being constructed for the battlefield.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent item and service, many thanks
Published 1 month ago by stephanie summerfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's a pity, but this movie hasn't aged well.
Published 3 months ago by Nodoid
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, but mainly good
I have always been a big fan of post-apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi and when Hardware came to the cinema in the early 90s I thought it was excellent. Read more
Published 7 months ago by George Nada
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!
If the Terminator is going to happen, then this is the way it will happen! Be wary of, say, car boot sales because you never fully know exactly what you are buying. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sean Fegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardware
Great movie brilliantly directed and an excellent sound track from Simon Boswell. The vinyl release of the the sound track is awesome wonderfully crafted movie, excellent.
Published 9 months ago by Garry
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is the little man?...
In the future, a nuclear war has transformed the Earth into a radioactive wasteland where the sea has dried up leaving it as an apocalyptic desert. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars HARDWARE
A Movie that has a feel about it from start to finish, i like the Mood and look of the World in which it is set, bleak and broken yet not depressing, in many ways believable. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Darren
1.0 out of 5 stars A horrifyingly bad film
I remember reading a review or a tag line for this film some 20 years ago which claimed that Hardware was "the British answer to The Terminator. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by Seoulprovider
1.0 out of 5 stars Hardware
This is an old film burnt onto Blue ray. I didn't think much of it at all. The story was pretty poor and basically impossible. Don't bother.
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by Jon Mills
2.0 out of 5 stars All premise, no payoff
South Africa's Richard Stanley may be the only director to make Terry Gilliam and Donald Cammell look lucky (perhaps appropriately Stanley even tried to film one of Cammell's... Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by Trevor Willsmer
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