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Pollution And Robots,
This review is from: Hardware [DVD] (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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Initial post: 19 Jun 2009 12:40:02 BDT
M. Bridgeman says:
Like the reviewers, I cannot recommend this movie enough - I've been lucky enough to own a copy on dvd (German import) for a couple of years now, but the picture quality was akin to Blade Runner when first issued - i.e. probably transferred straight from vhs judging by the 'graininess' of the print? - but certainly worth having! That is why I went into raptures of delight (!) on finding it re-released with all the cards, extras and whatnot, and hopefully a better picture print? We shall see. Yes, certainly done on a low budget but extremely claustrophobic, dark and dystopian and comparisons to Blade Runner can't be ignored - the yardstick by which a lot of films of this genre are compared. I remember it being reviewed by the now defunct Fear magazine and one bit of sfx they let us in on - the scene where Nancy Travis is hanging on out the window and all the traffic below; the 'traffic' being maggots painted with flourescent paint!! And Carl McCoy of the Nephilim looking exactly like he does on the front cover of their first album! And finally, spot the ex-Eastenders character!! (Those of you who can remember that far back!!) Definitely worth a look.
Posted on 21 Jun 2009 12:05:08 BDT
24th moment says:
Some of do remember Richard Stanley. Actually some of us were speaking to him only last week. Expect some new material in the not too distant future. This is the begining of the comeback.
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