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Megaforce Baby!!!!

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Michael Martin, May 27, 2003.

  1. Michael Martin

    Michael Martin Well-Known Member

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    According to AICN, the incredibly cheesy early 80s sci-fi actioner is coming to DVD sometime soon.
    From what I have heard, Megaforce is close to (if not surpassing)Flash Gordon in cheesiness and spandex - a feat not easily done!
    I've never seen this one, but a good friend (and fellow HTFer) considers Megaforce the "holy grail" of guilty pleasure movies, and we're certain to have an MST3K-style gathering once it's released.
     
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    Jacinto Well-Known Member

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    I loved this movie as a kid (although I'm pretty sure it was terrible)! My brother and I used to play Megaforce adventures in the backyard. He was Ace and I was Dallas (I think those were their names).

    For nostalgia alone, I will definitely be picking this up if it is OAR.
     
  3. Brian E

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    I'll buy it if it's cheap. As a kid I think I wore out the local rental shops copy. As I recall looking back it is a bad film.
     
  4. Jeff Kleist

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    I would wait for confirmation from a reliable news source before getting all excited [​IMG]
     
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    You may be surprised by just how cheesy it really is. I believe that it surpasses Flash Gordon overall because FG doesn't have anything as bad as the finale whenhe flies a motorcycle into the cargo plane

    I did really like it as a kid, though. Perfect for the age.
     
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    Or their secret weapon which amounted to:

    colored smoke pouring from the back of their vehicles

    It really was a bad moive from the maestro of bad Hal Needham.
     
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    I'll buy this even if it is panned, scanned, dubbed and in black and white with Spanish subtitles. If only for the line.

    "I just wanted to remind you the good guys always win, even in the 80's"

    Loved this one. Remember seeing it in a drive-in with BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS.
     
  9. Michael Martin

    Michael Martin Well-Known Member

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    This movie only reminds us of the conundrum: why did 80s costume designers seem so convinced that spandex was the clothing material of choice for the future??!

     
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    You're not exactly arguing your case very well. [​IMG]
     
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    Oh God, Media Asia is putting this out over seas, eh? They have some of the shittiest transfers I have seen, the Chinese Ghost Story trilogy looked horrible.
    As for Megaforce over here, I saw it recently on satellite and....well....I might rent it if Hal does a commentary track, I just have to hear his excuses for this smelly slice o' cheese. [​IMG]
     
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  14. Kevin M

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    I think the difference is that Flash Gordon had an innocent charm to it (also the filmmakers were actually shooting for a bit of campyness when they made FG, they stated so in several Starlog articles well before the film was completed) while Megaforce has an air of incompetence about it, the whole mess comes off as a cross between 007 & The A-Team...or maybe Puma Man & The A-Team.[​IMG]
    If Hal Needham intended this to be parody then he succeeded...beyond his wildest dreams he succeeded! I seriously doubt that however.
    ...Need Ham indeed![​IMG]
     
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    The guy who posted the message to AICN was in Hong Kong and was talking about the HK release. It hasn't been announced for the U.S. as of yet (although it should be).
     
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    Megaforce.....brings back memories. I remember loving this film and not understanding why all the critics were trashing it mercilessly.....I must have been really been clueless back then.:b
    Regardless; if it does come to DVD, I may pick it up as a very guilty pleasure....but not until it ends up in the really, really cheap bin.[​IMG]
    I'll bet that Barry Bostwick must really cringe when he thinks of his work on the film....some of those heroic poses look as if he's trying to do the splits. Sheesh! [​IMG]
     
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    From the Japanese release-
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    Spero D.
     
  18. Brian Thibodeau

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    I see it says one language track. Safe to assume that's English? Widescreen, too, from the looks of things. Five subtitle tracks is an oddity on a Japanese release. I take it you own this, Spero? How much was it and how good does it look?
     
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    Look at the size of the battle wagon! They should include a disclaimer, "Vehicle in movie may not dwarf other vehicles"!
     
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    Love this flick. Its so bad its good.

    And what hell was it with Barry Bostwick's hair in this I mean good grief!!

    Ahh the 80s!!!

    Greg
     

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