on 11 November 2012
I wasn't drunk, honest.
Read the packaging for the description.
And giggle yourself into a stupor. The Sarah Palin-esque President. The second Generation NAZIs thinking they bring peace. The United Nations spoof. So many figures and caricatures lampooned.
Doctor Strangelove for a new generation, perhaps ? I know, not in that league for satire, "Gentlemen; you can't fight in here. This is the war room !" will not be beaten but this is truly, amazingly funny, albeit heavy handed. Sometimes I don't see the satire others do in movies; maybe this is just heavy handed enough to get through my Brummie skull, but it's a long time since I laughed this much.
I don't know what to say really, I've never seen anything funnier-except perhaps positive reviews for "Titanic".
I don't know how many times it will have to be watched to get all the gags; like "Airplane", there is so much on show, so many sly howlers.
Another example of how CGI can let a team with a brilliant concept and little money put a work of sheer genius out. While with ***t like Transformers, no idea and buckets of cash produces only poo.
A bad taste classic.
The extended version adds a few enjoyable bits, but the main reason to get it is to reward the sheer nerve that called it the "Dictator's Cut".
I borrowed this from a work colleague before deciding to buy.
I'm not going to buy it yet but. . .I did enjoy it thoroughly as did my son (14) , the daughter (20) thought it was total rubbish, bloody twilight fan :)
Iron Sky is the story of the Nazi's realising they're defeated at the end of WW2. They've secretly built a rocket to escape earth and colonize/rebuild the empire on the dark side of the moon! Brilliant story. Cut to present day and a Sarah Palin-esque American president is losing in the ratings and is advised to send a black astronaut to the moon to boost her popularity. The sci-fi comedy that ensues from here on in is great in my opinion!
Iron Sky turned out to.be everything I was expecting. . .
Nazis in space Yes! B movies parody Yes! Tongue in cheek comedy including racism and anti Americanism Yes! Great spaceships and Nazi UFO's Yes! Terrible script with so bad its good acting Yes! Nazis speaking German with English subtitles in parts which just adds to the movie Yes! and to top it all off the 'Gotterdammerung' to be seen to be believed, wow! There's even a German scientist and a Downfall parody in there too!
Bluray-wise the picture quality is bang on for me. Crystal clear with vibrant colours, great detail on uniforms, German bikes with sidecars, shots of the moonbase and the UFO's and other craft! Nice and clear in darker scenes so all is good there. Audio isn't amazing but loads of bass so power your subwoofer up for the battle scenes folks!
Don't take it seriously, it is a comedy, loved the ending and will watch this again definitely!
on 29 December 2012
With Mrs Milton away for the evening, I had free reign in my Penthouse of Horror to do whatever I wanted... I decided to go for a three movie marathon centring on everyone's favourite villains, the Nazis!
First up for me was Iron Sky, a German-Finnish co-production, described as a "dark science fiction comedy" which was filmed in Australia!
It's fair to say that I didn't sit down to watch this film with high expectations. However, on viewing, I was pleasantly surprised. With a reported budget of a little over £6million, the end product is incredibly well-polished. That's not to say the movie is perfect, far from it, in fact. As was to be expected, Iron Sky is incredibly reliant on CGI but with a movie concerned with a Nazi invasion from the dark side of the moon, it would have been foolish to hope for anything else!
There are some great, over the top performances here, in particular from horror legend Udo Kier (Blade, Suspiria, Blood for Dracula, Flesh for Frankenstein) hamming it up as Moon Führer Wolfgang Kortzfleisch and Götz Otto (Tomorrow Never Dies, Schindler's List) as the power hungry Adler. Julia Dietze takes centre-stage in this film as the wide-eyed and innocent young scientist who has been raised on the moon and spoonfed nazi propaganda since birth and Christopher Kirby (Daybreakers, Queen of the Damned) is the source of much of the humorous scenarios found within Iron Sky.
The film has been faulted for the incredibly unsubtle stabs and satire at the expense of US foreign policy and indeed, US politics but for me, this added to the charm of the movie.
Ultimately, Iron Sky delivers exactly what it promises. If you're looking for high-brow entertainment, this certainly won't be for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for a sci-fi adventure with a heavy dose of humour that doesn't take itself too seriously at all, I'd suggest that this is the best Nazis on the moon movie you'll ever see!
I avoided this thinking it was just another Nazi exploitation film. Then I heard the directors cut was out and it's actually a comedy - so I gave it a shot. We all know the best dressed side lost the war, but in this slice of comedy sci-fi the Germans merely retreated to the dark side of the moon and regrouped. Ignore the fact there is no oxygen, water, or ability to grow food and you will soon realise this is all well credible. There they rebuilt the Third Reich and planned to re-invade Earth around 2018.
Enter an inept attempt by a female President of the US to have a stunt to garner votes. She sends a black celebrity to the moon to be the first black man on the rock. Well he uncovers the dastardly, but well dressed and camped up, Germans teaching Aryan purity and a whole manner of other twaddle and unwittingly gets roped in to the whole thing and a bit of a love interest too in his female captor.
Cue the invasion of Earth - and hilarity ensuing etc. This starts out as a bit of fun but then actually works on a few levels. There is a lot going on around satire and even commentary on race and discrimination. It is also perfectly balanced in the acting department with everyone just over acting enough to be ludicrous but believable. The SFX are all great and the costumes and make up are brilliant with great clothes and some mad hair styles. I was expecting nothing and ended up absolutely loving this. Seriously funny, clever, satirical and recommended.
I must admit, this film did not really appeal to me when I first heard of it. Nazis in space just seemed a little silly to me. Luckily, the majority of the internet disagreed, and this film was crowd funded, and got made. I watched it with some friends the other night and despite thinking I would probably not like it, I was pleasantly surprised. I not only laughed a lot, but I thought it was a very clever satirical look at politics today. I also thought the effects were very well done, and that there was a lot going on in the background. The end credits were particularly clever, worth a second look if you missed it!
Who would this film appeal to? Anyone with a sense of humour, particularly if you enjoy sci-fi and/or political satire. But then, I wouldn't say I was big fan of either, and I absolutely loved it, so there you go. Give it a try, you never know. I'm glad I did!
on 3 March 2014
In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evades destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon.
During 70 years of secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress shaped like a Swastika.
Not Forgetting a massive armada of flying saucers.....
Here in the Uk, this movie was only supposed to be showing for one day before the inevitable Blu Ray and PPV route beckoned.
Then people began to realise that this wasn't a flash in the pan, it was something quite different.
Even though the movie isn't the best thing on earth, what you realise is the amount of effects and surprisingly exciting set pieces despite the very meagre budget.
The first thing you think of, is how much this resembles Independence day meets Saving private Ryan, but then you look a little deeper and see just how alien these Nazis have become.
The film has so many flaws and gaping plot holes to go into detail here, but when the film has Udo Kier as the Fuhrer for a while the film cannot put any more steps wrong.
The film does hark 'Sky Captain and the world of Tomorrow' on many occasions, but it's highly original, if a little dumb in places.
The plot for Iron Sky is so ridiculous that it barely stands scrutiny, and that’s this entertaining film’s great strength. The notion of a Nazi base on the dark side of the moon is flat-out daft so the film-makers play up that sense of silliness. Their stormtroopers wear WW2-style gas masks, not NASA-type spacesuits. The invasion fleet comprises vast zeppelin blimps, tugging asteroids behind them. There’s a mad scientist, an ineffective fuhrer, and an Ayryan couple whose cheekbones could slice ice and who are ready to repopulate the earth when they’ve taken control of it and ‘brought peace’ to the planet.
Like Dark Star and Dr Strangelove before it, Iron Sky skips over plot holes and improbabilities and clips along at a romping pace, poking fun at every authority – not just the Nazis in space but the UN back on earth and the vote-chasing desperation of an American president. Nothing is too absurd or implausible. The characters are all cariacatures, from the female spin-doctor who does a fair impression of Hitler’s bunker speech in Downfall and somehow ends up at the helm of an American spaceship, to thye hero – a loudmouth blundering black guy whose role in a moon landing was to look good in front of the cameras.
Underneath all the visual gags and overall flippancy, there is a far darker side to this film, however. Just watch how easily the US forces deploy nuclear weapons. Note that all the international spacecraft violate the most basic treay about armaments. Delight in how North Korea immediately claim responsibility for an act of militaristic outrage. And pay particular attention to the very end of the film, when squabbling breaks out over undiscovered resources…
Silly it may be, but satire has long been used to tell uncomfortable truths. And this is a jolly entertaining movie to (jack)boot.
on 21 September 2012
I enjoyed this more than I expected. The humour is definitely not american and as such is refreshing. They did very well with the special effects.
Originally this started life as just a trailer. The interest that it generated from the internet was astounding and a series of low-level, largely Scandic, film funds grouped together and made this a reality, this truly is crowd-funding at it's essence. With that said, there are an unfathomable number of movie houses showing their logo at the beginning to this film!!
The Nazis are back, they've been hiding out on the dark side of the moon and have been recuperating and rebuilding their forces. When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) is captured during a re-election press stunt to the moon, he becomes the impetus for the Nazi's to launch their largely mechanical space-fleet (complete with space Zeppelins and flying saucers) to conquer Earth. However, their limited technology means they are badly outmatched, and due to Nazi Earthologist Renate Richter's (the beautiful Julia Dietze) sympathies for Washington, the invasion might not go to plan. Will they manage to launch the behemothic Götterdämmerung?
This film knows it's about a stupid subject, but has some pretty sensitive issues to deal with, Nazis, War and Race. When the Nazi scientist "albinises" Washington, he spends a good part of the movie playing a white-man, so it's all a bit silly anyhow - it's all handled well. The CGI on the moon-base and Zeppelins is fantastic and there are some funny swipes at government and international space programs. The President of the United states is a funny slant on an easily recognisable person in US politics. So all in all, this is not the smartest film out there by a long shot, but it is slap-stick funny on numerous occasions and the sets, costumes & CGI have had an awful lot of thought spent on them, it's just let down by a flimsy script and some questionable race-jokes. Acting is an acceptable standard - especially Udo Kier (perennially the bad guy!) and Götz Otto as Fuhrer Adler and the jokes keep coming for the entire 90 minute bit.
Recommended for a funny, yet novel, science-fiction spoof!
on 25 February 2014
UK - Iron Sky Dictators Cut
Another Good quality black matte finish (non streaky). Heavy embossed title (you can feel the embossing on this) in a spot gloss finish. Very nice.
I'll add, the finish on this steel is amazingly good. The paint job has a sheen to it. There's no streaks at all, not a one. It doesn't feel like a matte varnish, it feels like some gloss is on it, but it's not glossy, except for the title.
A very very nice effort from 4 digital media.