Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 30th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2008
Director: Chance Shirley
Writer: Chance Shirley
Cast: Mia Frost, Kyle Homan, Michael Shelton
DVD released: March 15th, 2011
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Shock-O-Roma
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: The inhabitants of a moon base on Mars are being stalked by a indigenous creature with a enormous appetite.
Low budget and Sci-Fi usually don’t go hand in hand. Most modestly budgeted independent feature films stay within the cozy confines of the horror film genre. And while most independent filmmakers have struggled in similar circumstances. Interplanetary embraces its limitations. This homegrown Sci-Fi opera flawlessly adapts the blue print that has been successful for countless low budget horror films. Like limiting the number of locations, simplifying the plot and working to your actors strength.
Even though things start off as a mundane look into the crew members lives, who live on a moon base on Mars. It does not take long to get the juicier parts of the film. After a clever use of misdirection the film reveals the real horror that awaits the crew members of Moon Base 2.
Outside of a few lulls earlier on things generally move along briskly. From a production stand point the visuals are consistently good. One area where things could have been more dicey are the special effects. Luckily the special effects look pretty darn good and at times they look impressive. The kills scenes are well executed and sufficiently gory. When all is said and done, Interplanetary is a perfect example of how to make an ambitious feature film on a micro budget.
Shock-O-Rama presents Interplanetary in a anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The image looks clean, details look crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate. There are no problems with compression and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There are no major issues with distortion or background noise and dialog is consistently clear.
Extras for this release include informative audio commentary with writer / director Chance Shirley and trailers for other Shock-O-Rama titles also available on DVD. Overall Interplanetary gets a strong DVD release from Shock-O-Rama.