Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989) (Umbrella Entertainment BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989) (Umbrella Entertainment BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989) (Umbrella Entertainment BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989) (Umbrella Entertainment BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Alex Proyas
STARRING: Michael Lake, Melissa Davis, Norman Boyd
AVAILABLE FROM Umbrella Entertainment

Set against an overwhelming desert landscape, Felix (Michael Lake, Fortress) and Betty Crabtree (Rhys Davis, Dead End Drive-In) are eccentric siblings living together in an isolated homestead in a post-apocalyptic era. Modern technology is absent, with wheels and gears operating a variety of broken devices to assist their struggle to survive. When they encounter a wandering stranger named Smith (Norman Boyd), their simple lives become tumultuous as the wheelchair-bound Felix dreams of flying and Betty believes their new arrival to be a demonic presence – the characters all yearning for escape but seemingly do not know how.

Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds might be a name that grabs your attention right off the bat, but once you pop this movie in you’ll also see a film that might just be grabbing you on looks alone. Before I even get into this movie I want to say that this Blu-ray looks wonderful. The film has a great look and feels to it and this is a release that totally captures that. The setting of this one looks amazing and so does this movie and transfer in general. As for the movie, I dug it as well. It isn’t your typical movie and that might run some folks off, but if you can get into the type of story being offered up here you’ll find a story that you don’t see every day and that is a good thing. Who would have thought that post-apocalyptic Australia would make such an artsy and interesting setting for a movie about wanting to flay amongst other things?

This one also has a bit of a sense of humor behind it. You’ll catch that a lot in the dialogue. If you have seen some of what Australia has to offer in their brand of exploitation you’ll be more ready for what you’ll see in this one. It has some funny moments, a beautiful setting, and all of that comes to you on a great release from Umbrella. The movie has some weird tones to it and that can hurt it at times as well as be really charming. That’s the only real negative side to it. I had never heard of this one before this release, but I’m sure anyone who is seeing this one for the first time will be happy with the final results.


– Audio Commentary with Director Alex Proyas
– Audio Commentary with Composer Peter Miller and Editor Craig Wood
– Interview with cast member Michael Lake
– Interview with cast member Rhys Davis
– SPIRITS: Making a Post-Apocalypse Western featurette
– SPIRITS SONG music video
– Image Gallery


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