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Bleak Future (Special Edition)

Brian S. O'Malley (Director) , Frank Kowal  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brian S. O'Malley (Director), Frank Kowal, Brad Rockhold
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2ISP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bleak Future (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Centuries in the Future, Civilization Lies in Ruins, and History is Hearsay...Slangman, a travelling salesman of words and relics from the 21st century (like soda cans and Twinkies), teams up with a tongueless Scottish warrior and a stupid blonde actress to cross the post-nuclear wastelands to battle madmen and savage mutants in search of a legendary place called "The Source," an oracle of ancient wisdom rumored to hold the power to enlighten the world... or destroy what's left of it. From filmmaker Brian S. O'Malley comes this off-beat B-movie comedy-adventure in the independent and satirical spirit of Max Max and Monty Python that's sure to take you where no cult movie has ever taken you before!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As close to brilliance as low budget can get April 14, 2008
Let's get this straight first. This is not the kind of movie you can explain... only experience. It's up there with Six String Samurai for tone and setting... but with it's own wildly vibrant imagination.

Sure... it's low budget, but it works. Don't expect anything you'd catch at an Oscar ceremony here... but if you dig cult movies... the kind you drive 50 miles out of your way to see at an art cinema or late night showing... you'll love this. Weird, violent, funny, disgusting... a must for fans of mutants, post apocalyptic landscapes, and the Meaning of Life. (Python pun intended)
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Bleak Future: 4 out of 10: I have had friends that would constantly quote their favorite movies (In particular Caddyshack.) and one of the sources of these quotes was that vast work of Monty Python. The Python oeuvre is so influential it has spawned its own adjective Pythonesque. Bleak Future is often a Pythonesque movie. Unfortunately sometimes it borrows a little too much.

It consists of chapters broken up by a video on how the world ended. (The video is a definite nod to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy but it is so well done and entertaining I didn't care.) The chapters however are another story.

Filmed in super-8 in a desert wasteland they are a spot on parody of all those mindless post-apocalyptic movies of the last thirty years. These scenes consist of three main characters, a mute Scotsman warrior with a Billy Baldwin haircut, a very pretty blond girl without an original thought in her head, and that guy who won't stop doing those Monty Python impressions.

It's the third guy known as Slangman that gave me fits. His shtick is on display throughout the entire film and it drove me to distraction almost immediately. Every other character is fine. Sure some of the jokes are flat and overdone and there is a scene with the mutants so derivative of Python I thought they were going to ask for a shrubbery, but it is Slangman whose every utterance became the nails on my chalkboard soul.

Other than the small fact that the main character, who is in every scene, is a complete tool this is a fairly entertaining film with a genuinely funny ending. Worth a look if you are a fan of post apocalyptic movies just beware of the mutants that say Nee.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BLEAK FUTURE is a great, hard to find indie flick!! June 21, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I heard cool things about this video (friend of a friend sort of thing) and when I finally got a copy, it didn't disappoint. It's a perfect example of what can be done with little money and a lot of imagination. If you can get by some of the grainy quality of the film (I was told it was shot on Super 8 film, but I'm not sure) and some mediocre sound, then you'll be in for a treat! A totally dead-on parody of a tired old genre, and a great story on it's own right!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like Mad-Max meets Monty Python! December 17, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I really loved this film! It's about Slangman, the "Smartest Man In the Known World" and his search for the ultimate oracle in the post-nuclear wastelands. He teams up with the sexy Femme and a tongueless Scotman and takes on the mutant hordes. It's non-stop comedy, and the special effects are great! I definitely recommend this cult classic to anyone who likes fun movies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars kick-ass film made me laff my ass off... May 14, 1999
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this is a very very very funny movie so you should'nt miss it------ bought it and i haven't laughed this hard for a long time... rent it or buy it whatever you do SEEEEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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