In the Aftermath (1988) (Arrow Video) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Carl Colpaert
Starring: Tony Markes, Lisa Maxwell, Katie Leigh
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video
Following in the footsteps of Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman protégé Carl Colpaert (The Crew) made his directorial debut by combining repurposed excerpts from a foreign film – in this case, Mamoru Oshii’s (Ghost In The Shell) spellbinding 1985 anime Angel’s Egg – with new live-action footage shot in America. The result is In The Aftermath, a haunting post-apocalyptic vision like no other. In a radiation-soaked wasteland, two surviving soldiers, Frank and Goose, search for essential supplies amid the rubble. After a violent confrontation, Frank is haunted by visions of an angelic young girl holding a giant egg, herself a refugee from another world altogether. Could the egg be the key to saving both their worlds? A unique mash-up of 1980s B-movie nuclear paranoia and hauntingly lyrical animation, In The Aftermath, is presented in a stunning new restoration that highlights Oshii’s visionary genius and Colpaert’s low-budget ingenuity.
Basically, In the Aftermath is what you’d call a Frankenstein movie. This company buys an anime movie from Japan (from the same dude who made Ghost in a Shell) that is about a girl and an egg. Well, they don’t understand it and they have no clue what to do with it, so they have some live-action footage shot about some post-apocalyptic stuff and try to combine it all to make a movie. But sadly that might come across looking cool from time to time on the screen but the movie still doesn’t make any sense. I don’t like going out and calling any movie a mess, but In the Aftermath is a mess of the highest level. Maybe if I was a person who got stoned I’d be able to appreciate something like this more, but as is and as I am, I found it to be a strange and confusing movie. I’m sure the most of you will as well. The combination of anime and live-action feels more like a fever dream you are having while wide awake more so than anything else.
But while I am not a fan of the movie I can’t crap on the release. This movie does have some cool animation moments. It also is a release that tops the old Code Red one you might remember in every way that counts. This is one time when I’d say that the extras on the Blu-ray take the cake over the main movie. I had a good time listening to the director about how this came to be. I also enjoyed the extra on here dealing with the origins of the anime. Those are the reasons to buy this if you insist on being an Arrow completest. The average person will find far more interesting moments in those parts of this disc than they do the actual movie. and if anyone out there has a better grip on this one feel free to drop me a line and share that info with me.
– Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
– Presented on High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p)
– Original uncompressed stereo PCM audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
– The Path To Aftermath, a newly filmed interview with producer Tom Dugan
– Apocalypse Then, a newly filmed interview with star Tony Markes
– Before The Aftermath: The Influence of Angel’s Egg, a new appreciation of Mamoru Oshii’s original film by anime expert Andrew Osmond (author of Arrow Books’ Ghost In The Shell)
– Still and poster gallery
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
– FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring essay on the film by Jon Towlson
Quality of Transfer: 89%