The Dark Side Of The Moon (1990) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: D.J. Webster
STARRING: Robert Sampson, Joe Turkel, Camilla More
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Unearthed Films
It is the year 2022. A mysterious systems failure causes the crew of a spaceship to be stranded on the dark side of the moon, while rapidly running out of fuel and oxygen. They are surprised to discover a NASA space shuttle floating in space, and board it in the hope of salvaging some supplies. One by one, the crew is possessed and killed, and it is up to Paxton Warner to find the links between the dark side of the moon, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Devil himself.
The Dark Side of the Moon is a movie that gets its name from the famous Pink Floyd album but it might also have some elements that are considered trippy as well. Sadly, the biggest issue this one faces is it takes its time to get where it is going and while it does offer up some nice stuff along the way, I think a lot of people might find it a bit of a chore at times getting to those cool moments. The movie does still pack a nice and creepy atmosphere that would have been used better had it just rushed the plot forward a bit faster. Still, the crew on a ship runs across another ship. When they investigate all hell breaks loose and that is when the movie does do its best and offers up some pretty cool visuals and effects as well. That’s what the movie does better than anything else, I just wish it did even more of it. You can’t help but compare this movie to other space horror movies like Alien and Aliens but while this one isn’t on the same level as those movies it might actually pull off the creepy factor a bit more and that’s a big win for this one regardless of anything else.
Along with the plot that seems to be tossing everything, it can against the wall to see what sticks is a cast that I have to say comes across just a little bit stiff. Needless to say, this is one space horror that doesn’t have a character that really stands out, even the leading ones. That is another thing that I feel kind of hurts this one overall. Like I said before, I like the moody feel of it and I like the effects and such, but the other key parts of the movie don’t really deliver where they need to. Unearthed did do a fine job bringing this one from the ranks of VHS to Blu-ray. You can’t deny from an HD standpoint this is a major win for the company and that they have delivered the goods in that area. They even delivered on the extras. So, if you were already a fan of this movie you will be happy with what you get here. As a first time watch for myself, I’m not sure it did what I had hoped it would going into it.
– Interview with Allen Blumenfield
– Interview with FX ArtistChris Biggs
– Commentary with producer Paul White and Stephen Biro
– Interview with Stuntman Chuck Borden
– Production and dialogue notes
Quality of Transfer: 90%