Future Shock! The Story Of 2000AD (2015) (Blu-ray Review)

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Future Shock! The Story Of 2000AD (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Paul Goodwin
Starring: Dan Abnett, Geoff Barrow, Emma Beeby
Rated: UR/Region O/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

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. This is the brilliant (Flickfeast), essential (ScreenAnarchy.com) and scurrilous (Empire) story of the galaxy’s greatest comic, featuring editors, writers, artists and fans including Gaiman, 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 and more.

2000AD was for comics what Punk rock was for rock-n-roll basically and now this history of the company is told in this new documentary that you can find from Severin Films. Here learn about how dull comics got in the UK and then we learn just how 2000AD and all those who were involved with it went about spicing things up. Along the way, we get cool stories from and about most involved and we even hear a ton about the characters they created and their impact on the world. Of course, this covers over into Judge Dredd territory and that is what a lot of folks will be here for or why they know about these guys I’m sure. We hear about the origin of the good Judge and we even more cool things about the character and the concept behind him. That alone is probably enough to get most folks watching this disc, but we do have more.

I’ve seen a number of comic documentaries over the years and outside just hearing Stand Lee talk, this one will top most. I think it is heads and heels better than the old Image Comics one and a lot more spot on than the Rock-n-Roll Comics indie documentary that also was released some time back. It has a more stationed path from start to finish and ends up being a joy to see and is interesting enough to perhaps spark interest from folks who aren’t even into comics. This film will surely be one to catch the eyes and the hearts of people who want to hear all about the birth and history of 2000AD, but no worries to other folks, it is an interesting watch for people new to the whole thing as well.


– Extended Sequence: 2000AD vs the USA
– Extended Sequence: Dredd 2012 – True In Spirit
– Judge Dredd Extended sequence
– Extended Sequence: Cheap Entertainment – The appeal of comics
– Behind the Strips
– Bad Company – Peter Milligan
– Future Shocks
– Rogue Trooper – Dave Gibbons & Cam Kennedy
– Slaine – Pat Mills
– Strontium Dog – Carlos Ezquerra
– Production Extras
– Art Blast – Jock & Henry Flint
– Blooper Reel
– Pat Mills visits Kings Reach Tower
– Soundtrack – Behind the Scenes
– Festival Teaser Trailer
– UK Release Trailer
– Extended Interviews with: Grant Morrison, Karen Berger, Pat Mills, Neil Gaiman and Dave Gibbons

Quality of Transfer: 97%



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Chuck Conry

Chuck Conry has been doing this for ten years! He does reviews, podcasts, and makes indie movies. The jury may still be out on if he does any of those things well.