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Hardware [VHS]

Dylan McDermott , Stacy Travis , Mark Northover    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dylan McDermott, Stacy Travis, John Lynch, Iggy Pop, William Hootkins
  • Directors: Mark Northover
  • Producers: Simon Boswell
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 4 Front
  • VHS Release Date: 8 Jun 1998
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RP6L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,807 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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All premise, no payoff 10 May 2011
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
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 unfilmed scripts). Best known for being fired from his version of The Island of Dr Moreau, that just seemed the best-known disaster in a track record filled with debris. Hired by Channel 4 to make a film about the Nazis search for the lost Ark of the Covenant, he got fired for pointing out that it was pure fiction and instead offering to make a film about their quest for the Holy Grail instead. His second feature, Dust Devil, was heavily re-edited and dumped on video after producers Palace Pictures went bust and despite a fair amount in hype back in 1990, his first, Hardware, wasn't quite smooth sailing either. Another of Palace's attempts to break into the US market and co-produced with the ill-fated British Satellite Broadcasting, who managed to go bust before they ever went on air, and Miramax, who promptly re-edited it to get an R-rating, it never really broke out of its niche despite its high concept and ran into an awkward legal dispute over whether it plagiarised a story from UK comic 2000 AD (not helped by the fact that Stanley's cousin was an illustrator on the comic). Even though the extremely low budget film did show a profit, a sequel fell through because the rights were spread between too many bankrupt companies that no longer existed. So, all in all, not one of life's lucky people, then...

One side-effect of all this misfortune is that, while it's guaranteed Stanley some cult cachet as a kind of cinematic Ancient Mariner, it tends to overshadow the fact that he's an awfully average director at best.
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4 of 4 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's a pity, but this movie hasn't aged well.
Published 14 hours 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 7 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 14 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars "Machines don't understand sacrifice... neither do morons."
Now as most of my review material should make evident, I love genre movies - particularly horror. I also like a bit of sci-fi. Read more
Published 18 months ago by D'mo
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultra Low Budget, Cult, Sci Fi Gold.
Hardware is based on 2000AD comic story and is lovingly recrafted in this telling of the tale of AI gone mad and government conspiracy in a post apocalyptic world. Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by TMUK
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