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Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983)

2.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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This adventure tale takes sci-fi to another dimension, literally! When a mad scientist builds a machine capable of "matter transfer", his plans to debut the magical invention on live television are thwarted by an earthquake that results in the scientist, a handyman and a sexy TV reporter being catapulted into a parallel universe ruled by medieval warlords and over-run with danngerous characters. Now they must somehow find their way back. Cast includes Richard Hatch, Kay Lenz, John Saxon and Peter O'Farrell.

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  • Actors: Richard Hatch, Key Lenz, John Saxon
  • Directors: Terry Marcel
  • Writers: Terry Marcel, Harry Robertson
  • Producers: John Hardy, Harry Robertson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W90OYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983)" on IMDb

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By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 22, 2008
Format: DVD
"Prisoners of the Lost Universe" is a mid-80's fantasy piece that is so ludicrous that it's funny. I debated long and hard about what rating to give it, but finally settled on three stars as the unintentionally amusing moments are both mirthful and plentiful.

The film starts with an annoying television science reporter, Carrie Madison (Kay Lenz), hosting her weekly show "The Weird and the Wacky." In this introductory segment you see her go face to face with a hooded cobra. Due to some minor musical exposure the cobra goes limp and Carrie turns to the camera and offers up the first in a countless bounty of deliciously bad lines in the film: "You can put a snake to sleep with a high B-Flat...remember, it may only work on snakes that like music." I was so entertained by this scene I had to watch it several times. Carrie then goes to meet Dr. Hartmann (Kenneth Hendel) at his lab. My first question about the film was this: if she's in Los Angeles, why does her 280ZX have right hand steering? Never mind, because during the drive the LA basin gets rocked by earthquakes, making her swerve and run Dan (Richard Hatch) off the road in his right hand drive pickup truck. Their first meeting is rather confrontational needless to say, but she has to run along to see Dr. Hartmann, leaving Dan stranded.

Carrie arrives at Hartmann's lab, and he demonstrates his matter transmitter that can send objects into a parallel universe. We start with Carrie's compact, but soon enough due to another tremor, Hartman falls into the beam and is gone. Dan comes to the door, and they both investigate and during yet another aftershock, both of them fall into the matter transmitter beam and are whisked away.
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One of the greatest movies of its time.

Wait…what? Oh, no, I meant to say that this movie wanted to be one of the greatest movies of its time. Some over-acting (John Saxon’s warlord, Kleel, being all manly), some under-acting (leads Richard Hatch, Captain Apollo of the original “Battlestar Galactica”, and the fetching but generally unfazed Kay Lenz are both guilty), and some outright cheezy acting (Peter O’Farrell’s “Lord of the Rings” rejected Hobbit thief Malachi is the main offender here) actually add charm to low-budget set pieces in a savage Californian backlot wilderness that had a couple of promising practical effect moments with men in suits as water creatures. This not-quite-apocalyptic fantasy feature which borrows gladdeningly from “The Hidden Fortress” and “Star Wars” storylines follows Carrie, (Lenz, who channels more than a bit of 1970s Farrah Fawcett here if we’re being honest) a trash TV reporter, who interviews a scientist who says that he’s able to transport matter between realities. As you know, because this takes place in sunny SoCal, an earthquake hits (and hits and hits) just at the right times to knock the scientist, our heroine, and unlucky Dan (Hatch) into another dimension strangely like our own but ruled more or less by a ruthless warlord (Kleel) who keeps everyone in line with his gun (can you guess who provided him with the gun and the gunpowder? Hint: it was the good scientist). This universe is populated by super strong Neanderthals, thieving guilds, slaves, zombies, weird glowing red-eyed square-headed tribesmen, slithery watermen, and (pre-dating “Avatar”) super survivor blue shamanic men (okay, apparently he was known as the “Greenman” but he looked blue on my telly).
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I grew up with Prisoners of the Lost Universe . First viewing was on cable TV about a hundred times , then on VHS , and then DVD . The common denominator being that they all looked and sounded terrible quality wise . I was afraid that this region B (UK) Blu-Ray would be another upconverted disaster . I am extremely happy to say that this Blu-Ray looks really good and is obviously a new HD transfer . The Blu-Ray is region free and 1080P , the PAL DVD that comes with it is not going to play in the Americas so you might as well toss it .

Video quality - The majority of the film is ridiculously detailed and beautiful , colors look natural . When Carrie pulls up in her 280z to Hartman's lab , the detail is so good that you can clearly see the reflection of the film crew in the car's painted mirror . That was not noticeable before this release . Sure, there are still some dark grainy parts that look rough , those have always been in the film , it is not a transfer flaw . The one thing that could have been better , in the final escape scene you still have the three or four redish frames pop up that plagued other releases . But those being left in do not detract from the overall presentation .
Sound quality was also very good , you will not be disappointed .

This film may eventually get a North American Blu release but why wait . It can be purchased directly from AmazonUK for less than 10 pounds which is at the moment $16.69 shipped . Highly recommended for fans of the film .
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PRISONERS OF THE LOST UNIVERSE is pretty goofy. Kay Lenz is a TV personality who goes to the home of a scientist for an interview. On the way there, she runs a poor guy named Dan (Richard Hatch) off the road. They part company and Kay gets to the house, where the scientist has invented a gateway to a parrallel universe in his lab (!!). You can guess the rest, as Kay, the scientist, and Dan all accidentally exit this universe and enter the wonky one! John Saxon is a sadistic warlord named Kleel who wants total domination. Anyway, there are bug-eyed natives, a caveman, a green dude, and lots of Ms. Lenz running around in peril! If it weren't for her, I'd have fallen asleep sooner than I did. If you enjoy huge gobs of cheese, then this is worth a peek...
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