Sunday, August 4, 2013

Dark Angel aka I Come in Peace (Scream Factory Blu-ray Review)

Dark Angel aka I Come in Peace (Most of us remember it as I Come In Peace). You remember this movie, right? Dolph Lundgren fights a drug dealing alien on a murderous rampage harvesting his top product from human beings. If you think that it was a great action/sci-fi flick from the late 1990, you're correct. If you think that it may not stand the test of time, you're wrong. If you haven't seen this movie since the 90's this your chance to revisit it in style. It has received a proper release from Scream Factory. The royal treatment. Let me walk you through it.

From Scream Factory:

Detective Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren, Joshua Tree, The Expendables) thought he’d dealt with every kind of crime on earth. But now, someone is using human bodies to manufacture narcotics. Someone – or something – not of this world.

To the Alien that has arrived on earth, humans represent ideal drug factories because of our endorphins. To detective Caine, the Alien represents mankind’s worst threat. If the alien’s mission succeeds, our planet will be destroyed. Together with his straight-arrow FBI partner (Brian Benben,Private Practice) and his girlfriend, the city coroner (Betsy Brantley, Deep Impact), Caine is going to send this alien home in pieces!

Not from the Scream Factory release and not Hi-Def

When you buy this disc you get an incredible making of/interview feature that stars Dolph Lundgren, director Craig R. Baxley and Brian Benben. Who cares? You should. After revisiting with Dark Angel I took some time to enjoy this interview feature and learned a great deal about how the production was created, the secrets behind some of the fantastic effects and what it was like to work during this non-CGI period in action cinema. Did you know that the man who played the alien was a friggin tri-athelete? He hurtled those damn cars during the explosion scene. Explosions actually going off behind him as he would jump. There's actually a great story behind several of the scenes in the interview feature. A must check out for fans of the film. You'll gain a new appreciation for the picture and hopefully remember why CGI ain't so great.

The movie itself looks great. I'm beginning to think that I should only let you know when a Scream Factory release falls short of expectation because they all have looked truly great. This included. VHS junkies... you can upgrade with ease and feel good about enjoying these primo effects in a higher definition.

This video comes in peace. Goes in pieces, and you don't have to feel like an asshole for picking it up.

Check out the Scream Factory site for a full list of release here and make sure to follow them on Facebook. Dark Angel is available for pre-order at DiabolikDVD now  The Blu-ray is scheduled for release August 27th.


1 comment:

  1. Man, they keep KILLING IT with the cover art...