Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983)
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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 .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay personally with the way things happened I would have taken over and been King with the ever beautiful Kay Lenz as my Queen and the other chic could hang around too, not to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Fallace
Some of the poorest and corny acting I have ever seen. But still was some what fun to watch.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great fun from start to finish. The always superb, especially in SciFi/Fantasy films, John Saxon plays the villainous Kleel, a murderous warlord that likes to personally and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cagey Buyer
Bummer! Poor picture. Bad background. Silly action. The film has no purpose.Published 10 months ago by R. Gough