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3 1/2 stars for a pretty good vampires-from-space flick,
This review is from: Lifeforce (Collector's Edition) [Blu-Ray/DVD Combo] (Blu-ray)
I'm chuckling with myself at my over-the-top rating for this over-the-top movie. I stumbled upon this movie years ago and had it on VHS tape copied from somewhere. I then found a DVD version with an upgraded soundtrack (Henry Mancini!!) and bought it. I think that is the first time I'd seen it on DVD. It looks good except the widescreen isn't upgraded to anamorphic. That's all fixed with this new Blu ray version. Transferred with a 1080p resolution and a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, this is a big improvement over the old DVD. A DVD is included in this package properly formatted.
"Lifeforce" is a sci-fi horror film ala "Alien" (same screenwriter, Dan O'Bannon along with Don Jakoby) with a bigger budget and with extra nudity. Directed by "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" & "Poltergeist" filmmake Tobe Hooper, the movie is pretty good, even without the nudity.
While on a mission to hunt down Halley's Comet, Col. Carlsen (Steve Railsback) and his crew encounter a space craft floating nearby. Investigating they find dead bat-like creatures and 3 nude humanoids perfectly preserved. Carlsen is the only crewmember to return alive, but the ship is found in Earth's orbit with the 3 humanoids (2 good looking dudes and one hot chick) still in good form.
It turns out these humanoids need human "lifeforce" instead of blood that let's say, a vampire might need. Pretty much the same result however. Some excellent special effects and makeup make for a decent thriller. And of course there is first-time "actress" Mathilda May walking around for almost the entire movie totally nude. I tossed in half a star for that alone.
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Initial post: Feb 6, 2013 5:12:58 PM PST
Michael Dobey says:
this was awesome on the big screen. amazing effects and just wild. and the nude shots were there throughout even in the theaters of the day. The theatre I saw this in was filled up too. It was a a budget movie and not a b movie at the time. playing at all the major theatre chains.
Posted on Feb 8, 2013 6:54:58 PM PST
The special effects and make-up were in no way low-budget; this film cost $25 million to make, a rather princely sum in 1985, and every penny is up on the screen. I love this film.
Posted on Feb 23, 2013 12:31:20 AM PST
A great idea, a great movie and THE perfect nude chick. Nobody has ever done it better. Probably never will. Mr. Railsback was maybe a tad over the top.
Posted on Feb 23, 2013 1:29:09 PM PST
Michael Dobey says:
glad to see two others agree with me that this was a A budget film that did quite well in it's day. It' s not a b movie! and the budget was huge for it's day.
Posted on Mar 8, 2013 12:33:36 PM PST
Lin Chen Chu says:
The lady is French star Mathilda Haim. I think her father was a director.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2013 2:04:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 8, 2013 2:05:37 PM PST
M. Oleson says:
Actually she was born Karima Mathilda Haim but was credited as Mathilda May, her screen name. She is the daughter of Victor, an actor and writer perhaps best known in America for a role in "Blame it on Rio" from 1984. Both are French.
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