Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 22nd, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1993
Director: Albert Band
Writers: Charles Band, Jackson Barr
Cast: Don Michael Pau, Barbara Crampton, James Staley, Lisa Rinna, Danny Kamekona, Yuji Okumoto, J. Downing
DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: PG (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: 88 Films
Region Encoding: Regions 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £10.30
Synopsis: The fate of the Western alliance lies in the hands cocky pilot who is now given the task of taking out The Eastern alliance before they unleash a deadly toxin’s.
Content wise this film does a good enough job setting up who everyone is and what their motivations are? Beyond this there are some many areas that just don’t gel. And though I understand that this film was shot on very meager budget, the set design for this film looks outdated by almost twenty years. It looks like something from the 1960’s cinema and not something from the 1990’s. The film’s direction is flat and though the film barley clears the seventy minute mark, pacing is tedious to out it mildly.
Performance wise the cast things are best described as adequate. And yet despite some of these deficiencies, there is actually a sliver lining of sorts when it comes to the performances. They are so bad and the dialog is cringe worthy that these two things together make for an endless amount of unintentional humor.
Reportedly Robot Wars is a sequel to Stuart Gordon’s Robot Jock’s. And when comparing Robot Wars to that aforementioned film, Robot Jock’s looks like a masterpiece.
88 Films presents Robot Wars in its intended aspect ratio. This is obvious a very low budget affair and the transfer is definitely reflective of this. There are times image looks a tad too soft and there is some mild edge enhancement at play here also. The positive about this transfer is the image looks generally crisp and colors and flesh look accurate.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Though dialog comes through clearly enough, don’t expect much when it comes to things range wise.
Extras for this film include a trailer for the film and a ten minute ‘behind the Scenes’ segment. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from 88 Films. Overall Robot Wars gets a serviceable audio/ video presentation from 88 Films.