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Future Shock! The Story Of 2000AD (Blu-ray)
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Great Britain, end of the 70s: Thatcher is in power, the Yorkshire Ripper is on the loose, punk rock is on the rise and cruddy comics are widespread. But with the birth of indie upstart 2000AD, fans were introduced to visionary talent like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Mark Millar, and legendary characters that included Rogue Trooper, Halo Jones and Judge Dredd. Yet what happened next to this nihilistic, ultra-violent universe may be the biggest shocker of all. This is the "brilliant" (Flickfeast), "essential" (ScreenAnarchy.com) and "scurrilous" (Empire) story of the galaxy's greatest comic, featuring editors, writers, artists and fans including Gaiman, Pat Mills, Alan Grant, John Wagner, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, Geoff Barrow, Bryan Talbot, Emma Beeby, Kevin O Neill, Brian Bolland, Carlos Ezquerra, Gary Erskine, Andy Diggle, Scott Ian, Geoff Barrow, Alex Garland, Karen Berger and more.
- Extended Sequence: 2000AD vs the USA
- Extended Sequence: Dredd 2012 - True In Spirit
- Judge Dredd Extended Sequence
- Extended Sequence: Cheap Entertainment - The Appeal Of Comics
- Behind The Strips: Bad Company - Peter Milligan
- Behind The Strips: Future Shocks
- Behind The Strips: Rogue Trooper - Dave Gibbons & Cam Kennedy
- Behind The Strips: Slaine - Pat Mills
- Behind The Strips: Strontium Dog - Carlos Ezquerra
- Production Extra: Art Blast - Jock & Henry Flint
- Production Extra: Blooper Reel
- Production Extra: Pat Mills visits Kings Reach Tower
- Soundtrack - Behind The Scenes
- Festival Teaser Trailer & UK Release Trailer
- Grant Morrison: Extended Interview
- Karen Berger: Extended Interview
- Pat Mills: Extended Interview
- Neil Gaiman: Extended Interview
- Dave Gibbons: Extended Interview
"Four Stars" --- Den Of Geek, Empire Online
"VASTLY ENTERTAINING… Marvel? DC? Pshaw! 2000AD is the law!" ---Austin Chronicle
"FOUL-MOUTHED & FULL OF ENERGY... One of the best documentaries we've ever seen about the medium of comic books." ---Nerdist.com
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The best thing thing about the film is the interviews with the guys that worked on the magazine. Pat Mills, John Wagner, and Alan Grant were all exactly what I expected. Those are 3 men who's personality comes straight through the page at you. Mills is almost comically energetic at all points in time never staying on topic long enough for you to get bored. Wagner is precise and consistent in his speech. It's not particularly surprising coming from the guy who supplied the raw material for the Oscar winning film A History of Violence. Grant is something a of Peter Cushing by way of Keith Richards mash up that comes off as an affable scarecrow that seems bemused that things have gotten as big as they have. You also get interviews with other super talented guys like Peter Milligan, Alex Garland, Brian Bolland, Kevin O'Neill, Dave Gibbons, and a few others.
It also turns out the interviews can really suck. Andy Diggle comes off as a jerk who seems to pass the buck constantly on his mistakes as an editor. You get interviews from Portishead and Anthrax band members that are just frustrating as they don't do much other than constantly say how awesome everything is. Other guys who worked on the mag can't quit telling you how dangerous they were even though quite clearly it's not all that dangerous, The interviews never really probe the creative teams and editors as much as I liked. It could be that since all these guys are pretty accomplished it would simply take too long. Pat Mills alone would take forever.
Overall, it's a good documentary. You get the skinny in their own words and surprisingly none of the filmmakers intrude into the film. You're treated like an adult that can form your own opinion. It's nice to get that kind of respect for a change from a film. It's definitely worth a watch.
England in the 1970's and 80's was a very depressed and almost anarchic time that gave birth to the punk rock culture and bands like The Sex Pistols and The Clash and the rebellious comic 2000 AD. The creator of 2000 AD Pat Mills comes across as bursting with passion and enthusiasm and it's not hard to see how he would be a driving force for the comic strip. This documentary is full of interviews of those that were a part of the comic from the beginning and go on to explore how the comic lost it's way in the 90's no longer remembering who it wrote for and trying to target a new audience only to eventually realise appealing to the diehard fans of 2000 AD the world over would be the best way to continue on. It is a comic for a niche market it's not meant to be fluffy superhero fare.
Although I wasn't familiar with a lot of the people involved 'Future Shock! The Story of 2000 AD' is an interesting and engrossing watch and highly recommended not just to comic book fans but people of a political bent who question authority. Why it does it have to be this way? It doesn't.