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Hardware [Blu-ray] (1990)

Dylan McDermott , Stacey Travis , Richard Stanley  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis
  • Directors: Richard Stanley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E2QHAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hardware [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Richard Stanley
  • No Flesh Shall Be Spared - All-New Documentary featuring interviews with Cast and Crew
  • 'Incidents In An Expanding Universe' - Early Super 8 Version of HARDWARE
  • 'The Sea of Perdition' - 2006 Richard Stanley Short Film
  • 'Rites of Passage' - Early Richard Stanley Short Film
  • Richard Stanley on Hardware 2
  • Theatrical Trailer Deleted, Extended & Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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It was the movie that stunned audiences, shocked the MPAA and marked the debut of one of the most uncompromising filmmakers in modern horror. Golden Globe® winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice, Dark Blue) stars as a post-apocalyptic scavenger who brings home a battered cyborg skull for his metal-sculptor girlfriend. But this steel scrap contains the brain of the M.A.R.K. 13, the military's most ferocious bio-mechancial combat droid. It is cunning, cruel, and knows how to reassemble itself. Tonight, it is reborn...and no flesh shall be spared. Stacey Travis (GHOSTWORLD) co-stars - along with appearances by Iggy Pop, Lemmy of Motörhead and music by Ministry and Public Image Ltd. - in the kick-ass sci-fi thriller from Richard Stanley (DUST DEVIL) that Fangoria calls "gritty, trippy and frightnening...HARDWARE is one of the best horror movies you've never seen!"

Totally Uncut, Uncensored
And On DVD For The First Time Ever!

* Audio Commentary with Director Richard Stanley
* No Flesh Shall Be Spared - All-New Documentary featuring interviews with Cast and Crew
* 'Incidents In An Expanding Universe' - Early Super 8 Version of HARDWARE
* 'The Sea of Perdition' - 2006 Richard Stanley Short Film
* 'Rites of Passage' - Early Richard Stanley Short Film
* Richard Stanley on Hardware 2
* Theatrical Trailer
* Deleted, Extended & Behind-the-Scenes Footage


The Best Sci-Fi Horror Film Since Alien! --Fangoria

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
...A Nasty Mark-XIII military Warbot head---in a pear tree!

Well, not exactly---but that's the plot of Richard Stanley's surreal, cyberpunk, brutal, bloodthirsty dreamscape of a sci-fi flick "Hardware", which you should do whatever you need to do to beg, borrow, or steal a DVD copy. It's sick, bloody, good stuff.

First off, know that "Hardware" director Richard Stanley is a Hollywood wild-man: notorious for all sorts of brooding, decadent fits, he was sacked on the 2nd day of filming for the ill-fated (doomed!) "Island of Doctor Moreau". He snuck back on set clad in nothing but a dog-mask. Takes guts, Richard---takes guts.

Anyway, he was 24 when he helmed this sick, sacrilegious, probably evil little flick about the ultimate Christmas present gone wrong. Wayfaring soldier Moses Baxter (the grounded Dylan McDermott, who brings a lush breeze of reality to all the hynpotically surreal surroundings) finds a severed robot head in the hopelessly irradiated desert and hauls it back to his sexy, crazy artist-lover Jill (played wantonly by the yummy Stacey Travis...yeah). Turns out it's the head of the notoriously unreliable military warbot Mark XIII, and it has a nasty fetish for a little Yuletide bloodletting. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, indeed.

I was relatively young and naive when I first saw "Hardware", and my young self thought the thing was positively immoral. I was shocked. The Mark XIII warbot is an angry young man: it kills viciously, indiscrimately, and then cloaks itself in the raw nuclear apocalypse reds and oranges and shadows of Baxter and Jill's little love shack. And mind you, this thing kills *brutally*. People are sliced in half and boy oh boy, the blood spills out like Franco-American carbonara sauce.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a god. February 18, 2003
I cannot express my joy at the news that this film is coming to DVD. This is my favourite movie, and I believe one of the best ever made. I will admit that it can be a bit off putting to the untrained eye, but if you take the time, you will see that this is one of the most impressive, symbolism laden films ever made. Keep some very basic themes in mind, and you'll start to see beyond the great acting and stellar cinematography. The eyes are the windows to the soul. Water purifies and cleanses. On the surface, this film is about a robot that goes crazy in an apartment in the future and kills some people. Underneath, it's about the violation and destruction of one of the last bastions of hope and beauty in a messed up world. If you an answer some of these questions, you'll start to see the grander picture: Who covers their eyes when they fight the MARK 13. Compare this to who lives, and who dies. Who is the drifter (hint: he used to be an angel)? What two events happen in the shower, under a deluge of water, and why? Where is the drill on the MARK 13 located, and why is the last shot of Jill attacking it a removal of this drill? The first 4 letters of the MARK 13's serial number are BAAL. Why? Who or what is BAAL? Did you notice that the MARK 13 runs around killing people with an American flag on it's head, with a drug that smells like apple pie? Who is Jill quoting when she refers to the MARK 13 as being "our final solution."
As you can see, there is far more to this film than meets the eye. If you'll give it a chance, and watch more than 20 minutes of it (see below), you'll see what an incredible work of art this movie is. And now, we'll have it in beautiful DVD format!
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is what you want... and THIS is what you get. October 17, 2009
Nineteen years ago I remember going to see a little film called Hardware and I remember HATING it because I felt deceived by the trailers that shamefully advertised this film as The Terminator meets The Road Warrior which being a huge fan of both of those classic sci-fi films was precisely what I was expecting to see. What I got, and was completely unprepared for, was a pornographic visual nightmare filled with gratuitous violence and an incoherent plot about some killer Terminator-esque combat droid found in the sands of a post-apocalyptic wasteland that's transformed into an industrial art sculpture by some hot chick and I remember wanting to walk out of the theater but felt compelled to at least get my (then) six bucks worth before leaving the theater offended and I never looked back... until now.

A few years later I picked up the Hardware soundtrack because I remembered it was the most memorable part of the film. I loved Simon Boswell's haunting electronic score and the unforgettable Public Image Limited song the Order of Death which echoes in your head with "This Is What You Want...This Is What You Get" lyrics ironically summarizing my initial reaction to the film perfectly. Around that time I happened to catch Richard Stanley's following film
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5.0 out of 5 stars The machine's simply won't die ( or go quietly in the night)
this simply scared my pants off! one would think we'd be over all the jump off the screen monsters, but this is different. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Richard Ranta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great 80's dystopian flic.
Published 4 days ago by Deirdre Thornhill
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Man's Teminator
I saw this years ago on vhs when it first came out and I was jonesing for anything to quench my Terminator fix. It satisfied me then but it doesn't hold up now. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Ricardo Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyberpunk Era Treat
Honestly, if they had more money, this movie would have been just another over-budget flop. However, this tight-budget production crucible, makes it a gem of a time capsule of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Sabram
3.0 out of 5 stars was good
just as i remembered it , for a b grade pretty good , going to keep in my collection for sure
Published 7 months ago by darthpaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant...
There are few movies from the early nineties that caught my eye while sneaking R-rated movies into my mothers house during the summers of my youth... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daniel T. SWan
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated SciFi Gem!
Back when it was originally released, no one really knew who Dylan MacDermott (lead actor here) was. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Buzzed1
2.0 out of 5 stars potentially great film but destroyed by hysteria
This was a good film until the demon robot revived and then it turned hysterical. If that was not irritating enough just when we thought it had been blown to smithereens it returns... Read more
Published 14 months ago by .fgd
4.0 out of 5 stars The unofficial 2000AD film
On the West Coast of the United States sits a battered, overcrowded, polluted, and quite possible radioactive wreck of a city. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Moviedude
3.0 out of 5 stars Ravishing Art Film Masquerading as SciFi-Horror
I first saw Richard Stanley's Hardware back in the mid 90s on VHS, and was pretty blown away by its bold color scheme and gritty apocalyptic style. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James M. Fazzaro
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Is the U.S. version Region Free???
My copy I ordered is NTSC Region yes, I'd say it's region free! Is the UK versioin that infamous edition that Amazon seemed to be selling at first...
the one with the metal tin and "limited editon" satus? My copy did NOT receive a metal tin whatsoever. I have also heard about... Read More
Nov 5, 2009 by compsciguy |  See all 3 posts
Hardware on DVD: It's About Time!!!!
Isn't this blu-ray release only the R rated version though. Why go to the trouble to release a blu-ray version and not have it uncut? or at least put both versions?
Jul 26, 2009 by Zombiegirl |  See all 5 posts
where is the release?
Is the Canadian release different than the U.S. release? Is it the one with the metal tiin?
Nov 20, 2009 by compsciguy |  See all 3 posts
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