Trancers III: Deth Lives! (1992) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: C. Courtney Joyner
Starring: Tim Thomerson, Megan Ward, Dawn Ann Billings
Rated: R/Region O/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Full Moon Entertainment
Jack Deth, beginning to get his life back together, is time-jacked back to the year 2247 to save Angel City from a new wave of Trancers! His mission…help find the origin of this new wave of Trancers and end it with extreme prejudice. With the help of Lena and R.J., a Trancer camp escapee, Jack learns that the new Trancer program is government sponsored, and that his usual shoot-everything-that-moves attitude might not work this time. With R.J. and Shark, a crystal powered cyborg, Deth will have to find a way inside the Trancer program and shut it down. For good.
A time traveling cop, Jack Deth, from the future is taken back to the past to be given the task of destroying the Trancer program before it has a chance to get out of control, sending the world into a state of chaos and war. Having now been the 3rd Trancers film, I can’t say this has been my favorite franchise under the Full Moon umbrella but they sure did seem to like it a lot and after years of having a DVD set that looked like it was full of VHS rips, I’m at least happy to revisit these films in new HD transfers. And to the credit of Full Moon they are putting out very solid HD transfers and this is no different. Of course, you could argue that since the DVD release they didn’t have anywhere else to go besides up, but I happen to think this is another really solid transfer and it does sorta make these movies a bit more enjoyable now that we can see them with their setting popping more. Of course, the main course to these movies besides the early Helen Hunt work has always been actor and lead Tim Thomerson, who I believe could make anything at least watchable and he proves that here again. So, even if you don’t overall love what you get with Trancers III, I’m at least confident enough to tell you that you’ll love his performance anyway. But now let’s talk more about the movie at hand.
So Jack said goodbye to his now undead wife only for his newer one (played by Helen Hunt) to be divorcing him as this one gets rolling. Basically, she’s just here long enough to make her exit as Jack now finds himself being sent back down the line to fight off a Trancers uprising. He’s in the year 2005, he even has a fish-man robot friend and some other new cast editions, but it just doesn’t seem to click that well overall. I can appreciate the more goofy side of things just as much as anyone else, but this one does feel a bit rushed and slapped together in spots. Maybe this time around the budget wasn’t as big and that’s also why we don’t see more of Hunt? Who knows really, this was the 90’s after all and that usually can sum up any question you might have about these types of films from the decade. The character of Jack is always a fun thing to see, but you can tell even now that the steam was starting to run out of this story as by this point it’s already too complicated and illogical. But it does have a fun scene or two.
– Audio Commentary by Courtney Joyner and Tim Thomerson
– Deth’s Reckoning: The Making of Trancers III
– Original VideoZone
Quality of Transfer: 95%