G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)
Director: Don Jurwich
Where to get it: Shout factory
Time and time again, Cobra has been on the threshhold of global domination, only to be thwarted by the Joes. Now the ruthless terrorist organization has a new ally, the Cobra-La race, led by Golobulus. Golobulus wants to steal the Joes’ “Broadcast Energy Transmitter” in order to ripen space spores and mutate the people of Earth. When Duke is injured and the rest of the force immobilized, it’s up to the new “rawhides” and Slaughter’s Marauders to pick up the slack and save the world.
This is of course the animated full length that was intended for a theatrical releases, but due to My Little Pony: The Movie and Transformers: The Movie not doing so hot it went to video and even aired in syndication as a five part mini series on the cartoon show. Now Shout Factory has this out on a Blu-ray/DVD combo or basic DVD. And while I can’t say it’s the greatest transfer ever, I can say without question that the Blu-ray presentation does topple the standard in ever way. It’s also in a wide screen format that helps a lot with the overall vibe of this childhood favorite. It also brings us what was perhaps one of the best storylines in G.I. Joe’s animated run. And while issues with characters being killed off in Transformers and the backlash from it causes people in this *coughDUKEcough* to not be killed, you gotta give them credit for thinking outside the box with the plot.
The movie is of course not without fault. Just about any character you can think of is here, but with the film focusing on newer recruits like Jinx, Falcon, and Chuckles, you end up with not very much screen time for favorites as Snakes Eyes, Lady Jay, or even Flint. On the Cobra side of things you hardly see Storm Shadow and most of your favorite villains are limited to just a line or two in the entire film. On the plus side, it does seem like the animated violence is turned up a bit. People do take snakes to the heart. And while it’s now shown but implied, people get stabbed in the eye! You can’t top that kinda action when thinking of a children’s cartoon. The bottom line is, G.I. Joe is pure 80s goodness. And that remains true even now when watching this movie. Also adding to the already cool factor of this release is the fact you also get some cool extras. This is a must own for any fan of G.I. Joe!