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Megaforce (1982)

Barry Bostwick , Michael Beck , Hal Needham  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta, Edward Mulhare
  • Directors: Hal Needham
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Henstooth Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D9NIK4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,372 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Colossal special effects and death defying stunts highlight the futuristic thriller, MEGAFORCE. Barry Bostwick stars as Ace Hunter, leader of an elite task force of adventurers who gallantly fight to uphold justice. Their ultramodern weaponry figures predominantly in their perilous mission to save a small democratic nation which has been invaded by a band of ruthless mercenaries. Director Hal Needham's (Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run) undisputed mastery and knowledge of stunt work is vividly apparent throughout the many action packed scenes. The high flying stunts, combined with a dynamic display of futuristic vehicles make this an extraordinary film experience.

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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Screen Debut! July 31, 2005
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I was fortunate enough to have been flying C-130 Hercules from Dyess Air Force Base when this film was made. A call went out for volunteers to go to Las Vegas for an unknown "film project". Most of the guys in the squadron demurred, thinking it would be an "Air Force Now" recruiting propaganda film, and a general hassle. I, on the other hand, would have crawled through shredded glass on hands and knees for ANY excuse to escape West Texas for awhile.

When we contacted McCarran Int'l (Vegas) Airport, we were vectored South and given a radio frequency to contact a Forward Air Control team. They brought us in to land on a dry lake bed. No sweat, this is what the Herc was born to do.

The first clue that something very unusual was up came when a modern, fully air conditioned bus picked us up at the airplane. This was NOT standard USAF procedure! We drove around a sand dune and saw . . . well, I can only describe it as being very much like a circus tent. We were escorted in, and found it was a huge kitchen, serving steaks, lobsters, salads, and everything in between.

We were filled in that we were to fly in a "Major Hollywood Motion Picture" by Hal Needham. It was made clear from the outset that it was intended to be campy, cheesy, ridiculous, and fun. And so it was.

From the tent we were taken to a hotel on the strip, where we each got private rooms (again, not USAF standard), free meal passes, and best of all, invitations to screen the nightly "rushes" or raw footage. There was a buffet and open bar (Yay!) each evening, and we ate and drank liberally while howling at the truly loony dialogue and effects each night.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
So there have been a few reviews noting the sound inconsistency with the recently-released Hen's Tooth DVD of Megaforce. I have purchased this edition and compared it to a rip of the Dutch DVD and agree that the Hen's Tooth (hereafter abbreviated, "HT") DVD does indeed sport an audio mix wherein the voices do sound higher than the original release. As a believer in preserving films in their original form, I was disappointed with this oversight. I went to HT's website and sent them an email expressing my (and others') concerns. I received a reply from Steven Newmark, the president of Hen's Tooth Video:

"Yes, we have heard from several people about this.

We are in the process of examining our master and our engineer is doing some
comparisons.

We don't think this is an issue of speed but perhaps of EQ. I will write to
you when any decision is made."

So there you have it. Unknown yet if, once the audio is corrected, we will be able to send in our discs and have them replaced like the Back to the Future widescreen/cropping issue when those films first hit DVD, but I will keep this post updated with new info as I receive it.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'VE GOT A DATE IN LONDON!!!

UPDATE FROM HEN'S TOOTH, 10/29/12

Here is the email I just got from Steve Newmark, President of Hen's Tooth Video:

"An alternative disc for MEGAFORCE with re-sourced audio is now available. If you wish to exchange a disc you have already purchased for the alternate disc you should mail the DISC ONLY to:

Hen's Tooth Video

1304 N. Garden Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

Please include your name and a mailing address for delivery by USPS.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This film should be on DVD! November 1, 2004
By Hizon
Format:VHS Tape
Spread the cheese!!!! Someone should release this classic 80s action flick! As one reviewer pointed out, MegaForce mirrors US' post 9/11 strategy, it might be DubYah's favorite movie.

What I remember about this movie when I saw it as a kid, was the cool rocket-firing motorcycles (which later appeared in the PC game Command & Conquer), the dune buggies (which became real in the US Army's Fast Attack Vehicle) and other fantastic military hardware. Also, no bullet nor projectile can't touch Barry Bostwick despite in a motorcycle without any armor! And as far as I remember, they were facing a Mexican dictator! How's that for fostering good relations with your neighbors?

My memory of this movie is rather sketchy, but I knew I loved it so please I want to relive my more innocent days and please release this on DVD!!!! Get Megaforce and watch it back to back with GI Joe the movie!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, classic, classic.... October 13, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
When I first saw this film, I believe it was about 1986 or '87, and I was quite young at the time (ala 5). I remember enjoying it quite a bit back then, and throughout my years I always remembered this little cool film called Megaforce.
Finally, through the advent of digital cable, I saw this film on one of a hundred movie stations available to me, about a month ago. I quickly grabbed a tape to record it, and since recording it, have watched about a hundred times. While indeed quite campy, corny, and the effects are appalling (but not like a ton of effects were really working well back then anyways), it was just as cool as I remember it. Ridiculous technology, cheesy lines, and some bad acting here and there, make it for movie that you know not many people have seen, and thus makes it emulatable. It also stars Persis Khambatta (her only other role that I've ever seen her in besides my personal favorite film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), Henry Silva (the ultra-cool Kain from Buck Rogers), and Edward Mulhare (one of the greatest actors in history, particularly for Knight Rider and the fantastic Knight Rider 2000, and he is sorely missed).
Though some may hurl at this true action-comedy that is funny because it doesn't really do it well, the movie elite will recognize it as a gem out of 1983, and probably the second most quotable film to date (the first being Demolition Man).
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go put on a blue silk bandana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Awsome Dad"
After reading some reviews I almost didn't order this but then I thought what the heck. Once I watched it it took me back to my childhood and made me happy.. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 80's action movies!
One of the best 80's movie in my not so humble opinion. I've loved this movie from the time I was a kid. Read more
Published 15 days ago by M Chad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Barry Bostwick is great so is Michael Beck they are funny in this show.
Published 25 days ago by C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic 80s gold. Cheesy but so worth it on DVD.
Published 2 months ago by Patrick C Fullerton
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is fun-terrible....
I remembered seeing this one in the theater and I had forgotten about it until recently. I went looking for the DVD and here it was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GernBlanston
5.0 out of 5 stars DEEDS NOT WORDS
Welcome to one of the greatest movies ever made.

Tell me, movie fans: Where else are you going to find men wearing skin-tight onsies riding dirt bikes doing impossibly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Studio Orange
5.0 out of 5 stars classic "inner child" movie
this is a cool 'sort of silly', over the top action movie. when I was a kid, this movie was advertised in my comic books. that was a first for me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by fatman
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit cheesey
I thought this was a great movie when I saw it as a kid. I still think its a good movie just a bit campy. Though it still is one that I won't mind watching again and again.
Published 4 months ago by Aron Higley
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets my personal vote
Yes I know many consider it a cheesy movie and didn't do well at the box office but I personally like it and always makes me laugh and it must not be too bad as the U.S. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rodney E. French
4.0 out of 5 stars A good campy movie for a rainy day
I have been haunting sites that sell DVDs for years waiting for this movie to be released. It has been on VHS for awhile but for some reason took a while to come out on DVD. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lovestodive
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While I was waiting for my copy of "Megaforce" to arrive from Amazon, I monitored some of the early reviews regarding the audio problem. When I received my copy, I was able to hear the audio for myself and quickly realized something was wrong. I contacted Hen's Tooth video about the... Read More
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