Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 3rd, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 2014
Director: Paul Goodwin
Cast: 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
BluRay released: May 30th, 2017
Approximate running time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.95
“Great Britain, end of the ‘70s: Thatcher is in power, the Yorkshire Ripper is on the loose, punk rock is on the rise and shite 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.” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
Topics discussed in this excellent documentary include, the comic book industry in 1970’s in the UK, Action Comics and how this publication led to the formation of 2000AD, the origins of the Judge Dredd character, the violent tone of 2000AD and censorship issues, social commentary in 2000AD, Strontium Dog, Nemesis the Warlock, the creative process, the lack of strong female characters in comics, Alan Jones and The Ballad of Halo Jones, how at that time is uncommon to credit that artists, how the publishers and not the authors / artists retained the rights to the story / the artwork / the characters, DC Comics and how in the 1990’s many prominent UK authors / artists went to work for them, The Watchmen, the decline of 2000AD in the 1990’s due to an exodus of creative talent, Judge Dredd the feature film and how ownership of 2000AD mishandle other film adaptions, resurrecting 2000AD and a 2nd attempt at bringing Judge Dredd to the silver screen and 2000AD’s influences on cinema and popular culture.
Ultimately Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD is a fascinating story that is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by comic book enthusiasts.
Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This is a solid looking transfer.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include, a festival teaser for the film (2 minutes 6 seconds) and a trailer for the film (2 minutes 4 seconds).
Other extras include:
Production Extras: Art Blast – Jock & Henry Flint (4 minutes 3 seconds), Blooper Reel (2 minutes 4 seconds), Pat Mills Visits Kings Reach Tower (5 minutes 55 seconds) and Soundtrack – Behind the Scenes (3 minutes 47 seconds).
Behind the Strips: Bad Company – Peter Milligan (4 minutes 50 seconds), Future Shocks (8 minutes 1 second), Rogue Trooper – Dave Gibbons & Cam Kennedy (7 minutes 30 seconds), Slaine – Pat Mills (11 minutes 28 seconds) and Strontium Dog – Carlos Ezquerra (5 minutes 22 seconds).
Extended Sequences: 2000AD vs the USA (15 minutes 11 seconds), Dredd 2012 – True In Spirit (13 minutes 5 seconds), Judge Dredd Extended sequence (13 minutes 52 seconds) and Cheap Entertainment – The appeal of comics (9 minutes),.
Extended Interviews: Grant Morrison (34 minutes 14 seconds), Karen Berger (34 minutes 50 seconds), Pat Mills (87 minutes 13 seconds), Neil Gaiman (17 minutes 35 seconds) and Dave Gibbons (48 minutes 31 seconds).
There is a wealth of insightful extra content that does a superb job further enhancing the information contained in the main feature.
Overall Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD gets an exceptional release from Severin Films, highly recommended.
Note: This film is also being released by Severin Films on DVD.