Title: EXTERMINATORS OF THE YEAR 3000
Description: Code Red DVD
Mark Tinta - September 26, 2010 05:51 AM (GMT)
This hit DVD this past Tuesday. Anyone get it? It was a huge disappointment to find out a while back that one of my favorite Italian post-nukes was getting a fullscreen transfer, but an interview and commentary with elusive star Robert Iannucci seemed to sweeten the deal to the point where I at least considered buying it. Then I saw some screen caps on another page (can't remember where) and it really looked...not good. And then I saw the packaging and it states a 90-minute running time. The Thorn/EMI VHS (which actually looks better than the caps I saw) sports a running time of 102 or 103 minutes.
So, am I to infer that, in addition to a 2.35 film cropped to 1.33 (in 2010), it's also missing footage? Can anyone confirm this? And if so...WHO would buy this?
Patrick Lefcourt - September 26, 2010 02:37 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Mark Tinta @ Sep 26 2010, 05:51 AM)|
| WHO would buy this? |
Hopefully no one, but when a company puts out rubbish and then announces that it will soon be going out of business and pulling all of the rubbish off the market, there's a good chance a feeding frenzy will occur. It seems to me like a good way to unload a lot of substandard product while shifting all the worthwhile titles to the brother's company, Scorpion.
Mark Tinta - September 26, 2010 02:50 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Patrick Lefcourt @ Sep 26 2010, 02:37 PM)|
| Hopefully no one, but when a company puts out rubbish and then announces that it will soon be going out of business and pulling all of the rubbish off the market, there's a good chance a feeding frenzy will occur. It seems to me like a good way to unload a lot of substandard product while shifting all the worthwhile titles to the brother's company, Scorpion. |
I'm obviously taking a pass on this inexcusable release, but I'm still hoping they get THE VISITOR out before boarding up the joint. Street date is 11/2, but we'll see.
Jeff McKay - September 26, 2010 08:55 PM (GMT)
I no longer have the Thorn-EMI tape, but it's possible the running time listed on the back of the case (101 minutes) was incorrect (as well as imdb's info). If anyone has that tape, they could confirm one way or the other. I do know that the later VHS released by New Line had a 91 minute running time.
I have the Code Red dvd. The film opens with the New Line logo and appears to have been taken from the original 1" video master that New Line most likely used for their VHS release. It's full-frame, yes, and looks like the VHS, but with the better resolution a DVD gives. It's still not great, blemishes and all that print had and of course full-frame, but it's definitely not a VHS to DVD transfer.
By the way, the end credits for the film revert to widescreen and it's in 1.85:1, not 2.35:1. So the scope ratio listed on imdb for the film could also be incorrect.
There's a commentary, an 18 minute-on-camera with Iannucci, two original promo spots, and six bonus trailers. The LIGHT BLAST trailer is a "blast" - it's amazing this ridiculous film has not really been discovered yet by trash-movie fans.
Andrew King - September 26, 2010 09:49 PM (GMT)
The Japanese VHS print of the film The Exterminators Of The Year 3000 (with additional title card in English 'The Mad Rider') runs for 90m 50s, and is letterbox showing an approx 1.85:1 ratio.
"Unit 68B you have been deactivated return to base" says the intergrated circuit...
Marty McKee - September 26, 2010 11:14 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Jeff McKay @ Sep 26 2010, 03:55 PM)|
| The LIGHT BLAST trailer is a "blast" - it's amazing this ridiculous film has not really been discovered yet by trash-movie fans. |
LIGHT BLAST is on its way from Code Red DVD too. It's quite entertaining.
Mark Tinta - September 27, 2010 12:31 AM (GMT)
Thanks for the info, Jeff. I'll have to dig out the Thorn/EMI VHS and double check. If that checks out (90-91 mins), I may be back on the fence. I'll have to sleep on it.
UPDATE: I stand corrected--it checks out. The Thorn/EMI VHS runs 91 mins. Well, hell...I'm probably getting this.
William S. Wilson - September 27, 2010 03:41 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Mark Tinta @ Sep 26 2010, 06:31 PM)|
| Well, hell...I'm probably getting this. |
eBay...saved search...wait for cheap copy (99 cents to $3) to pop up.
Mark Tinta - October 12, 2010 05:00 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Marty McKee @ Sep 26 2010, 11:14 PM)|
| LIGHT BLAST is on its way from Code Red DVD too. It's quite entertaining. |
Got this in the mail today.
Aaaaaaand....it's also full-frame.
Mark Tinta - October 12, 2010 07:22 PM (GMT)
I just watched EXTERMINATORS OF THE YEAR 3000 and periodically switched over to the commentary track with star Robert Iannucci, moderated by The Absurd Bill Olsen (© Marty McKee). Why can't people do commentary tracks on Italian post-nuke flicks without making asses of themselves? If you thought Dolph Chiarino's antics on Shriek Show's 2019: AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK commentary were bad, then that's almost what you get here with Olsen and Iannucci.
To his credit, Iannucci remains on topic early on and seems enthused, but he has a change of heart at some point when Olsen keeps bitching about how bad the movie is (great salesmanship there, since YOUR COMPANY IS RELEASING IT), and Iannucci decides to join him in the mockery. In the latter half of the film, every time I toggled over to the commentary, Olsen was complaining about how boring the movie is, how long it is, that "Anthony Ascott" (director Giuliano Carnimeo, who goes by "Jules Harrison" here) was better suited to westerns, and that the music score is awful and more suited to a funeral. Olsen also can't understand why the film is R-rated, citing that there's just one utterance of "shit," even though there's some bloody violence throughout and at least one F-bomb in the opening sequence. He also makes such astute observations as "Crazy Bull has a mohawk like Wez!" The track hits its nadir when Olsen and Iannucci start making cracks about Beryl Cunningham's "big ass" (it's not). Then, at the end, as Olsen again complains about the music and cites a review that calls this the worst of the Italian post-nuke genre (again, it's not), Iannucci says he's at least happy to be part of something significant, even if it's the worst a genre had to offer. Then the credits roll, as Olsen consistently misidentifies actors and makes fun of names that he's mispronouncing (Anna Onori provokes an "Anna Onion!! Ha haaa!" and he calls Goffredo Unger "Gottfried Unger"). As the screen fades to black, Olsen asks Iannucci, "Any last words?" to which Iannucci replies "Thank God it's over." Olsen chuckles. The end.
Both of these guys can kiss my ass. Why do the commentary if you're gonna behave like this? Look, this isn't some classic piece of cinema, but I for one happen to really like it. I like the western motif that Carnimeo establishes and it has some of the best stunt driving and car wrecks of the entire Italo post-nuke cycle. Even if you're gonna mock the movie, you can do it in a way that still conveys affection you might feel for it. Yeah, there's a lot to laugh at here, as there is any post-nuke flick. They're pretty inherently ridiculous. But why be such condescending dicks about it? I'm absolutely certain that me, McKee, Wilson, and several other regular contributors to this board could've sat down with Iannucci and recorded a much more informative, genial track than the mean-spirited, D-grade bullshit Olsen decided to lay down.
So yeah, the fullscreen transfer is the least of this disc's problems. It's watchable, basically like it would've looked as a new VHS in 1985. But the commentary leaves a really bad aftertaste.
Patrick Lefcourt - October 12, 2010 08:47 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Mark Tinta @ Oct 12 2010, 07:22 PM)|
| I'm absolutely certain that me, McKee, Wilson, and several other regular contributors to this board could've sat down with Iannucci and recorded a much more informative, genial track than the mean-spirited, D-grade bullshit Olsen decided to lay down. |
Yes, but you can't say that over on AVManiacs. They're about to name streets after the guy and erect a statue of him in the center of town. :rolleyes: