Whatever colour there is in the admittedly bleak landscapes is washed-out and muted and submerged in a muddy swirl of grain. Detail has suffered so considerably that edges often appear blurred and indistinct and the appalling black levels destroy any sense of shadow in the scenes set below ground. The final act, set in the garish, Committee-controlled society that ensnares Vic, should be uncomfortably colourful and bizarre in a complete contrast to the world above, but the whole escape sequence is so murky that it becomes distracting. Sadly, an already low-budget movie appears all the more downtrodden and ill-treated. In all, a pitiful transfer.
So, in summary, what can we say? Well, the film is a gem. Quirky, irreverent and morally dubious. It forever appears be on the brink of trying to say something important about the human condition, yet, perhaps inevitably, remains content to just quietly plod along beside our two main characters, giving us a brief snapshot of one possible future. It is a post-apocalypse wasteland we have all seen before, populated with familiar rogues and anti-heroes, even the underground supposed utopia is the kind of conceited, bogus society that was a 70's genre staple from the Logan's Run school of sci-fi, but it is the clever and unique relationship forged by Vic and Blood that propels the tale into uncharted territory. And that ending is a corker.
But the downside, folks, is the terrible transfer from Arrow. Although I recommend the movie wholeheartedly, I'm afraid that the disc is just worthless. With no attempt made to restore the print - in fact, it looks like they went out of their way to find the worst copy they could - and no extras whatsoever, my advice would be to look to Region 1. Go west, young man ... and take your dog with you.
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