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I don't understand why it still hasn't been released on DVD, but when it is, I'll be one of the first to buy it for my collection. The 1970s LIVE on and into the 21st Century!!!
There too we have a post-nuclear theme, in which all life on Earth has been wiped off the face of the planet, only to leave a few "desperados" alive, both on board of a U.S. submarine and on the shores, somewhere near Australia (the last bastion of life... but for how long?).
There too, we have a signal emitted from somewhere, in the northern hemisphere...
Yet, despite all similarities, this movie is a kind of updated version, with fine actors at the helm (although not of the caliber of said actors above) and a very interesting story development.
The difference is that this is less a drama-oriented movie and more an action-adventure-thriller oriented working of the subject.
If one remembers the period in which this movie was made (late seventies), baring in mind that this was a time of overblown "super-spectacular" apocalyptic, "end-of-the-world"-like flics, such as "Earthquake", "The Towering Inferno" and "The Swarm" (probably the last and worst of such movies), one can say that this one differs considerably in both quality and story-development.
I personally like this little "what if" effort. No big special effects, except for some stock footage of nuclear explosions, some pyrotechnics and varied color flavors in the sky (supposed to represent the variations in the Earth's atmosphere).
Sometimes, for a movie to be good, you simply don't need millions, just simply a solid story and fine acting. This is certainly a film that makes you think and entertains at the same time.Read more ›
I first saw "Damnation Alley" at the Midway Park Movie Theater in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina when it was first released back in 1977 - about a year after Star Wars had been released and a year after Ark II had it's first and only season as a Saturday morning post-apocalyptic show set in the 25th Century.
Even now, as I watched this movie again, I'm reminded how much the Landmaster resembled the Ark II. Only the Ark II never had a missile launcher, just a force field.
Ever since its release, "Damnation Alley;" which is based on the novel of the same name by Roger Zelazny, has enjoyed cult status as a post-apocalyptic road trip across an atomic bomb scarred United States.
World War III was a quick little war that started when the Soviet Union launched a preemptive first strike on the United States by using a the break up of an orbital satellite to cover the launch traces. Even though the missile defense of the United States destroys 40% of the incoming missiles, the damage done by the remaining 60% of the missiles that reached their target is enough to knock the Earth off it's tilt; and not cause a nuclear winter, but cause a bunch of bad weather - along with the creation of giant mutant scorpions and flesh eating cockroaches.
"Damnation Alley" may sound like a silly movie, but it's the steadfast heartfelt performances of George Peppard, Jan Michael Vincent, Dominique Sanda, and Jackie Earle Haley as the survivors who form a highly functional dysfunctional family unit as they try to reach a safe haven in Albany, New York, which is the only broadcast signal that can be heard anywhere in the United States, or the rest of the world for that matter.
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Getting to Albany won't be easy for the group; they'll have to brave the one hundred mile wide corridor between the radiation belts known as "Damnation Alley" Fortunately for the group Major Denton spent his time at the military installation constructing two armored plated Landmaster vehicles that will carry them across the desolate wasteland to Albany. Will the Landmasters make it through Damnation Alley? Are there really other survivors living in Albany? You'll have to buy your own copy to see how this post apocalyptic cult classic ends.
Like other fans of this 1977 cult classic, I've waited for "Damnation Alley" to finally be released on DVD and after watching it last night; I'm a little disappointed with the picture and sound quality. I really thought the picture and sound quality from Shout factory for this long awaited DVD release was going to be spectacular, but it isn't.
The video transfer for the most part is pretty decent, although the picture does suffer from some noticeable grain and embedded artifacts here and there; not bad enough to ruin the viewing experience. I'd rate the video transfer about 7/10 because it's apparent no real picture restoration was done by Shout other than the standard digital remastering process.Read more ›
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The Blu-ray is awesome. MUCH better than streaming. I liked all the extras on the Blu-ray also.
I first started to watch this movie on Amazon video, was disappointed... Read more
Again It wasn't for me,,but My brother "Ron" really liked he shared it with his boss, and he too gives it 5 jalepeno's, Stars.Published 3 months ago by Terry Vincent
It is an older movie; but one we have enjoyed watching for years.Published 3 months ago by C. Davis
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