The Ice Pirates (1984) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Stewart Raffill
Starring: Robert Urich, Mary Crosby, Michael D. Roberts
Rated: PG/Region O/1:77/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Warner Bros.
In the far future water is the most valuable substance. Two space pirates are captured, sold to a princess, and recruited to help her find her father who disappeared when he found information dangerous to the rulers. A real Space Opera with sword fights, explosions, fighting robots, monsters, bar fights and time warps.
This is a movie that I think is totally underrated and a lot of that is due to people thinking this supposed to be some sorta Star Wars level rip-off or a serious sci-fi adventure film. You see, Ice Pirates, is a bit of a spoof. A comedic take on those types of films and while it does a fine job of making its own little space in the history of Sci-Fi adventures, I can’t help but think it would be placed higher in most people’s mind if they got the joke they were getting when watching this one. We have space pirates running around space with some mostly worthless robots, stealing ice from people. Alls well until our leading pirate falls in love with a princess and tries to capture her, only to get captured, and of course if you’ve seen this before, you know that is where the fun (or even more fun) starts. We got action adventure here, we have monster and aliens, but above all else we get some really funny moments that happen mostly due to a great cast and some extremely funny characters. Yes, we also have a very rocky love story in the mix as well, but it works given the type of goofy world all of this is taking place in. I’m not sure how anyone could watch a movie like this and not be having fun, but I guess to most this movie just wasn’t what they expected. But thank God for such a thing as cult status and thank God a movie like this is getting life again on Blu-ray from Warner.
Basically what I’m saying is, if you’ve seen this movie, then you know if it is your cup of tea or not. I’m sure if you like this movie, then you are one who can appreciate some rather goofy stuff, but you also appreciate a good overall story and I’d say that this movie does indeed have that. I also think if you are going into this seeing it for the first time that you’ll be happy to know this isn’t meant to be taken too seriously before hand, if a name such as “Ice Pirates” didn’t give that bit of info away ahead of time. This seems to still be a love it or hate it movie, but I am really fond of it and the performances we see across the board. I think the movie looks really good here, as per usual with the Warner Archive stuff. I just really wish we had more extras than a trailer, but I suppose we are lucky we have the disc, so we can just be happy with a really solid and fun movie and try not to dwell much on the other stuff. And you know what, maybe overall even with the poking fun at the genre stuff aside, it might not be Star Wars, but it at least is better than Dune, right?
Quality of Transfer: 90%