Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn 3D (1983) (Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray Review)

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Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn 3D (1983) (Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Charles Band
Starring: Richard Moll, Kelly Preston, Tim Thomerson, Michael Preston
Rated: PG/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory

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A seeker named Dogen rescues Dhyana after her father is murdered by the evil Jared-Syn. To avenge her father’s death, Dogen must find Jared-Syn’s hideout in the mysterious “Lost City”, but the only person who knows where it is an aging, burned-out seeker named Rhodes. Along the way, they will need to do battle against the hunter Baal and his Cyclopean minions for engaging Jared-Syn in a final encounter.

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We got some pre-Full Moon Charles Band here with Metalstorm. A very big idea with probably not enough big money to back it all up, to be honest. The movie is a pretty far out idea and it more or less tries its best at what it’s trying to do but I could easily see where some folks could be lost along the way with some of it. One of the highlights is none other than actor Richard Moll as a Cyclopian warlord. All in all the movie was probably custom made for action figures, especially with all the weird characters and the 80’s but this was a cult film and as you know it just went to a cult status that is leading it to find a new home with the ranks of Scream Factory today. It becomes really clear while watching that this movie is just another Mad Max clone but unlike some of the rest it at least tries to add even a bit of Sword and Sorcery type flavor to the Sci-fi pool. Well, maybe just sorcery if nothing else, but I’m sure after you see this you will get the point. The movie has some good parts to it but ultimately seems to fall a bit flat in spots and those flat spots are what kind of drags this one down a bit too much for its own good but I do take note of some of the charms in the better parts of the movie.

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It is nice seeing Tim Thomerson here in this one and he seems to more or less turn it into a buddy comedy of sorts in spots, but I don’t think he’s enough to save this one as a whole. This movie does come to you on this release with two discs. One has the movie in 2D and the other has it in 3D for those of you still rocking that Blu-ray 3D format. I can’t really comment on the 3D but I do think the Blu-ray looks a little spotty. I think most of the blame for that is due to the source but as you watch you can spot some blurry areas in the pictures, which is common for some older films but it becomes noticeable with the film in HD. The print does have some very good scenes but we do have a lot of soft spots here and there as well. All in all, I’m sad to say that Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn isn’t my favorite Empire Picture movie or Scream Factory release but it is still nice to see stuff like this come to Blu-ray even if it isn’t the best movie you’ll find out there on the market.

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Extras

– NEW High Definition Transfer Presented In Both 2-D And 3-D!
– NEW High Noon At The End Of The Universe – Featuring Interviews With Director/Producer Charles Band, Actors Jeffrey Byron, Richard Moll And Tim Thomerson, Screenwriter/Producer Alan J. Adler, Special Effects Artist Allan Apone, Make-up Artist Kenny Myers And Composer Richard Band
– Promotional And Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery
– Radio Spot
– Original Theatrical Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 78%

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