BATTLE FOR THE LOST PLANET / MUTANT WAR (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

BATTLE FOR THE LOST PLANET / MUTANT WAR (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

BATTLE FOR THE LOST PLANET / MUTANT WAR (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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BATTLE FOR THE LOST PLANET / MUTANT WAR (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Brett Piper
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

Battle for the Lost Planet (1985)
Directed By: Brett Piper
Starring: Matt Mitler, Denise Coward, Joe Gentissi
Rated: UR/1:85

In BATTLE FOR THE LOST PLANET rogue master thief Harry Trent (Matt Mitler) who, in an attempt to steal military secrets, found himself stranded alone in space for years, finally returns to earth only to discover that the planet has been taken over by vicious gangs of alien mutants. Finding himself forced into a fight for his life, Harry is soon discovered and taken in by a beautiful warrior (Denise Coward) and her resistance group who hope to outwit the extraterrestrial invaders and reclaim the planet.

This is probably the oldest movie I’ve seen from Brett Piper and I feel this era of stuff really fits him. Perhaps even more so than the later indie stuff. Or at least the effects he’s known for look better here. We have a poor man’s take on Star Wars here in a lot of ways. A man escapes as some mutant aliens are about to take over the planet and he ends up in space for years alone. Upon finally returning he’s now forced to be a hero and help who’s left try to overthrow these pig-faced mutants. The movie does have some parts of it that drag, but it also can be a lot of fun and is a very impressive feat when you think of what Brett Piper had to work with and what he made from it. We have a fun lead that keeps things at least light and while nothing ever does seem to get too heavy, the movie does what it needs to keep you watching and the results are a movie that is best to be seen at a time when you don’t feel like taking anything you see on-screen too seriously. While you probably won’t see it making anyone’s all-time list or anything, Battle for the Lost Planet shows what can be done if you really are talented and want to get something done with just whatever you can. The transfer impresses way more than you might expect it to as well.

Quality of Transfer: 90%

Mutant War (1988)
Directed By: Brett Piper
Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Matt Mitler, Deborah Quayle
Rated: UR/1:85

MUTANT WAR continues the story, finding Harry still at odds with conquering aliens, but this time having to contend with an even deadlier enemy: another human. After meeting a young girl who begs him to help save her family, Harry learns of power-hungry deviate Reinhart Rex, a futuristic white slaver that kidnaps young women for breeding purposes. Can Harry outwit Reinhart while still escaping the clutches of flesh eating mutants?

The story continues with our hero here in Mutant War! Sadly, what he did in the last film has now caused an even bigger problem here! This, of course, gives us even more reasons to have him do battle with giant mutated creatures. When this happens you see once again why this style of effect works out way better on film that it can in some other Brett Piper digital movies. Anyway, our hero is still highly entertaining here and he’s doing the trusty old hero thing of running across a kid, being reluctant to help, and then becoming attached to say kid and having to say her. This time a slave driver is the biggest enemy instead of mutated pig men and it makes for perhaps an even better movie overall. Everything from before works even better here, the film looks better, and it is also a better-paced movie as well. I don’t know how many others will agree with me on this, but I do think Mutant War might be the better of the two here in all ways that count.

Quality of Transfer: 96%

Extras

– Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 16mm and 35mm camera negatives
– “Battle for the Lost Film” – an interview with writer/director Brett Piper
– Director’s introduction for both films
– Original trailer for Mutant War
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles

This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) is limited to 1,500 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com!

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