While not explicitly Horror movies, the double feature provided by Scream Factory in Millennium and R.O.T.O.R. is actually great. On one hand you have a well-produced Sci-Fi Future shock flick and on the other a copycat movie that feels like it plays on Terminator themes. They balance each other in a serious/unintentionally comic sort of yin and yang. Add to that the R.O.T.O.R. is somewhat of an underseen rarity while Millennium was a popular B list title that made an impression and shared some popularity after being on cable.
I remember watching Millennium with my dad as a kid. I was about ten years old and although the movie was flashy and had plenty of special effects to keep me interested, the entire viewing experience was more like a lesson in understanding the perils of time travel beyond the Back to the Future world. It was actually kind of fun. We rented it a couple of times from Long Valley Video, and it stuck with me. When Scream Factory said they were putting it out, I was extremely excited to see it again and probably the best it would ever look to me. I used to watch it on VHS. The anticipation was justified, the release looks great. I’m happy to report that the movie lost nothing over the years.
Watching Kris Kristofferson is a trip to me. Even though I had seen him in Blade recently I always think of him as a musician due to my mother’s LP collection. He’s great in this and plays the tough scientist role well. The future world still holds up, with the post apocalypse well grasped and filthy with bits of new tech that standout. This is right before the CG boom hit, when effects would begin to look fake. To me Millennium is almost like a last bastion of effects goodness before the computers took over.
The transfer looks excellent and the movie has an alternate ending that is included in the extra package. This release works well with the future/Sci-Fi feel of R.O.T.O.R. which I much less serious and much more a knock off.
My first impression of R.O.T.O.R. is that is it’s a classic Terminator rip off laugh riot. It’s not as gonzo as Lady Terminator, but it has perfect unintentional comedic moments that make it a must watch for the Horror/Sci-Fi fan who thinks they’ve seen everything. The real question when watching this movie is who would you put him up against in a fight? The real Terminator? Robocop?
The effects are low budget and cheesy. It’s overacted, obvious, predictable and it plays on every trope you’ve already seen from the late 80’s on. This all adds up to a riffable movie that acts as a nice balance to the more serious Millennium on the same disc.
Minor/humorous spoiler: In the final moments of the movie we see a very important revelation; the existence of a second robot. R.O.T.O.R. II is the real story and what should have been the continuation of the series as the female version of R.O.T.O.R. We didn’t get a sequel, but let’s just think for a second… what if you took Eve from Eve of Destruction and put her up against the R.O.T.O.R. II? Someone get on this.
The picture quality for both features is fine with slight imperfections and minor black crushing.
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The Future Is Yours With Time Travel And A Killer Robot… A Sci-Fi Double Feature To Scream About!
Leap into thrilling, time-traveling mayhem with Millennium. When safety investigator Bill Smith (Kris Kristofferson, Blade) looks into a disastrous airplane crash, he soon makes a shocking discovery – one that will impact the future of humanity itself. The beautiful but mysterious Louise (Cheryl Ladd, Charlie's Angels) may prove to be the key to it all – but can Smith figure out the truth in time? Daniel J. Travanti (Hill Street Blues) also stars in this centuries-spanning tale from the director of Logan's Run.
Gear up for a cult classic you've got to see to believe: R.O.T.O.R! When corrupt Police Commander Earl Buglar (Michael Hunter) orders the development and construction of the ultimate weapon in the war on crime, robotics expert Barrett Coldyron (Richard Gesswin) warns against the dangers of such a project – and loses his job in the process. But when the prototype R.O.T.O.R (Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research) is accidentally activated, the city is suddenly faced with a rampaging mechanical maniac acting as judge, jury, and executioner – and only Coldyron can stop him!