Full Moon Friday: “Trancers” Blu-Ray Review

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The early 1980s were filled with fantastic futuristic sci-fi films.  Terminator & Blade Runner set the tone for many many films but Empire Pictures took the best of both worlds and combined them in the 1984 release of “Trancers.”  To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this sci-fi cult classic, Full Moon released the definitive edition of “Trancers” on Blu-Ray. 

I stated above that this film is the perfect mixture of “The Terminator” and “Blade Runner.”  We have our rugged, battle-worn, wise cracking Trooper, Jack Deth, played PERFECTLY by Tim Thomerson. He must travel back in time and inhabit the body of his ancestor to top a psychic criminal mastermind.  If you are a Full Moon fan then you know that this film is a staple and cornerstone of their library of work.

Overall the transfer of the film is good.  There is a bit of grit and wear to the film as well as the occasionally scratch.  I do not see that as a negative thing.  To me, it has to do with the feel of the film.  The problem with touch ups on some films today is that they may lose some of their charm & look that helped them win the hearts of their fan base.  There is more definition in the clothing, faces, and buildings than in previous releases.

The special features are well worth the purchase alone! Boasting an all new audio commentary by Charles Band & Tim Thomerson, a new “Trancers” featurette by Daniel Griffith we get insight into the making of one of Full Moon’s most successful films to date! Also included are rare interviews with Tim Thomerson, Megan Ward, & Helen Hunt, a rare still gallery, and the complete 30 minute segment “Trancers: City of Lost Angels,” which was originally apart of the “Pulsepounders” anthology film.

Overall I HIGHLY recommend any Full Moon fan or fan of 1980s Sci-Fi Futuristic movies!  Kudos to Mr. Thomerson who single handedly made such an iconic character in Jack Deth.  Full Moon put together a great blu-ray for one of their cornerstone films, and I expect them to continue the superb job on their blu-ray releases!

5/5 Platinum Squid Rating!

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