Spaced Invaders (1990) (Blu-ray Review)

Spaced Invaders (1990) (Blu-ray Review)

Spaced Invaders (1990) (Blu-ray Review)

📅13 September 2015, 20:45

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Spaced Invaders (1990) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Patrick Read Johnson
Starring: Douglas Barr, Royal Dano, Ariana Richards
Rated: PG/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment

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It’s a close encounter of the hilarious kind when five of the universe’s coolest aliens crash-land on planet Earth! Piloted by an ultra- hip Martian, the cosmic crew ends up in a sleepy Midwestern town. Unfortunately, its Halloween night and the citizens mistake these spaced invaders for harmless trick-or-treaters. Instead of the global invasion they planned on, these misguided Martians bungle their way into a series of madcap misadventures! Get set for an outrageous blast of intergalactic fun and outlandish special effects in this wacked-out comedy-adventure!

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Do you like mindless fun? I sure did way back in 1990. So, needless to say I was very pleased to see Spaced Invaders pop-up on a DVD set from Mill Creek a while back, much less now in HD on Blu-ray! This was a silly movie that I remembered renting on VHS when I was a kid, I loved it then and it may very well be nostalgia reasons, but I dig it now. The story is simple, but the movie takes place on Halloween night, making it something that you may have to wait and watch late at night on Halloween to get the full effect of. Here, we have some very 1990’s gimmicked set of aliens that pickup a re-broadcast of the old War of the Worlds on their ship. They head on in to take over Earth, but end-up befriends some kids and having to try to get back to their home planet before Earth’s crazy citizens of the small town they crash into does them in. They go trick or treating, they have an old man and his dog trying to get pictures of them, and they have their boss wanting to zap them. It was a lot of fun when I was seven years old and it is still worth a watch now, even if a bit flawed obviously.

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One of the best things about this movie is the effects. Even now you can really dig and appreciate the look of the film’s effects. I think it makes a fun pop-corn movie overall, with a lot of stuff geared towards kids in the thick of things, but you’d have to be pretty dull of a person not to at least get some fun out of it regardless of your age. The aliens are fun and have their own little quirks about them that might make some annoying, but that is just a matter of taste. I think the movie kind of missed its aim and never got a sequel, which I’m sure they had counted on, but what we do end-up with is a nice enough cult film that can be fun for the whole family. Now, how does it look on Blu-ray? It isn’t a smooth jump from SD to HD for the film. There are some scenes that look better than others, but most the film takes place at night, allowing you to see a lot of the grain and other things floating around in the transfer. So, it isn’t perfect. Still, it isn’t awful and if you like the movie I think you’ll be happy enough. I just wish we got some extras.

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Extras

– None

Quality of Transfer: 78%

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