Wasteland Weekend

Fury Road

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mad Max - Fury Road

After waiting on this news for almost ten years George Miller announced this past weekend that Mad Max 4 (aka Fury Road) will commence production for a 2012 release. At a press conference in Sydney at the Redfern Carriageworks which will serve as a hub for the production, Miller disclosed some ambitious details about the movie and from the sounds of it it's a long way from Thunderdome with the reveal of a V8 Interceptor suggesting something much more akin to Mad Max 2!

We are very pleased!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hardware Blu-ray discs

So Hardware finally arrived on Region 1 Blu-Ray and has enough significant differences from the UK version to warrant owning both releases. Shown above is the sleeve art for both Severin and Optimum's discs. The Optimum version also came with five concept art cards and a small booklet containing an essay about the movie and a reprint of the 2000AD strip "Shok" upon which the film was supposedly based.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Richard Stanley's Hardware

On October 13 Richard Stanley's Hardware will make its first appearance on region 1 dvd/blu-ray thanks to Severin Films . Its been almost twenty years since its original release and so Futuro Finale has delved into the history books to see what the press had to say about the movie almost two decades ago starting with some articles from Empire magazine ....I suddenly feel old! I've already picked up the UK blu-ray which I understand has some different content and extra features so sometime next week I'll offer up a product comparison of the region 1 and 2 releases. But from now until Tuesday it's all Hardware here on Futuro Finale!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Slipstream UK brochure

This brochure was used in the UK to promote the movie Slipstream. The concept of the movie was great with some top acting talent in the cast and yet the film fell far short of expectations. Thats not to say that there is'nt anything to enjoy about Slipstream. Bob Peck gave a great performace as a quirky fugitive, the production design had some nice touches and the cinematography and lighting are excellent. The latter being something that you could only judge if saw it in widescreen format. Unfortunately Slipstream has had a subpar life on dvd with pretty much all official copies being full frame/pan and scan editions and touted all over place in numerous "public domain" copies that are of a truly awful quality. The only widescreen version available is from the Japanese laserdisc which has large intrusive sub-titles.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Post-Apocalyptic Movies

Here's a great article to start things off. Written by Kim Newman with a terrific piece of cover art by Gary Ward back around 1985, it's an overview of post-apocalyptic movies just after the Mad Max inspired rip-offs peaked in their popularity.