Forbidden Zone (1980) (Ultimate Edition) (Blu-ray/CD Review)
Directed By: Richard Elfman
Starring: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Gisele Lindley
Rated: R/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from MVD
A mysterious door in the basement of the Hercules house leads to the Sixth Dimension by way of a gigantic set of intestine. When Frenchy slips through the door, King Fausto falls in love with her. The jealous Queen Doris takes Frenchy prisoner, and it is up to the Hercules family and friend Squeezit Henderson to rescue her.
Well, my first trip into The Forbidden Zone was a strange one with mixed results. While I can assure you that this movie looks great here in this release, with perhaps the black and white version packing just a bit more detail than the color version. I can’t assure you that you will love this movie if this is your first time seeing it. Sure, the release packs enough extras to keep any fan of this cult movie happy and content, but if you aren’t as crazy about this key-lime pie of a movie, then you will be in for a whole world of strange that you might not be able to truly comprehend or fully enjoy. I’m not sure what goes into creating something like this, but I can almost be positive that it requires a whole lot of drug, perhaps of the psychedelic type. The movie has a plot, more on that later, but it is filled with random songs, somewhat racist stereotypes that can be funny regardless, and sets made-up of drawn backgrounds. This is probably the most brilliant thing I’ve ever saw from a creative stand-point, but I still could hardly find it in me to enjoy myself while watching.
The movie just has no chill. The characters are turned up to 11, the plot is all over the place, and I’m thinking the first time experience could be comparable to being stuck in a room with a group of kids going nuts without a parent around to make then calm the heck down. You really want the wild stuff in this to just calm down a bit, just so you can enjoy the weirdness that you see. Because this movie does have some strange characters that you want to watch, but they get soo darn annoying at times you just can’t settle down and enjoy it. I’m not going to call the Forbidden Zone a bad movie, because I know it’s a cult movie and has its following. I will say that it just isn’t for me and I just don’t know if I could take another round of it. If you are a person of more might then I and you enjoy this movie, then this is the release you want. I’ve heard it basically looks the same as the Arrow one, but I think you might find this easier to come by. So, if you love Forbidden Zone, this is your release right here! If you are a first time viewer, beware and know just what you are getting yourself into here.
– Black & White Version/Colorized Version of the film
– Richard Elfman Intro
– A Look into Forbidden Zone features some good interviews with the Elfmans.
– Commentary features Richard Elfman and Matthew Bright.
– Deleted Scenes
– Scenes from the Hercules Family
– Japan Promo
– Theatrical Trailer
– Isolated Score Track is presented in DTS 5.1.
– Soundtrack CD
Quality of Transfer: 90%