OBLIVION


 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

On a frontier light-years from the O.K. Corral, a bizarre gang of futuristic desperados have their sights set on turning the tumbleweed town of Oblivion into their own private playground. Their lizard like leader, Redeye (Andrew Divoff, Wishmaster), pumps lawman Marshall Stone (Michael Genovese) full of lead in a deadly shootout just outside of Miss Kitty’s (Julie Newmar, Batman) Kat House and begins terrorizing the town’s inhabitants.
Meanwhile, Stone’s long-lost pacifist son Zack (Richard Joseph Paul) and his native sidekick Buteo (Jimmy F. Skaggs) are escorted into town by the eerie undertaker Gaunt (Carel Struycken, The Addams Family) to pay their respects at the Marshall’s funeral. Rendered helpless by Redeye, the tough-as-nails Cyborg Deputy (Meg Foster) and the Marshall’s old friend Doc Valentine (George Takei, Star Trek) team up with Zack to take back the troubled town in a final unearthly showdown.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Oblivion is a sleepy town, that is over seen by the town’s lawman, Marshall Stone. Every thing is fine, until one day, a half man, half lizard named Redeye, arrives into town, and challenges the town’s good Marshall to a duel> The said duel, which takes place in front of the vivacious, Miss Kity’s Kat House, ends tragically when the Marshall is shot down by Redeye. With Red Eye and his group of rag-tag desperadoes threatening to rule Oblivion, the town goes into a panic. The town’s Undertaker, Staunt eventually sets out to find the Marshall’s son Zack, so that he may attend his late father’s funeral. When Staunt finds Zack, he is coupled with his newly acquainted Native American friend, Buteo. Together all three of them head back to Oblivion, a town which Zack has not revisited for years. Once there, Zack is disgusted by Red Eye’s regime, but is reluctant to act on anything. Naturally the townsfolk, who were once Marshall Stone’s faithful, almost immediately have hopes that Zack will step in his father’s boots as soon as he arrives.

There’s lots and lots of comedy, including dumb one-liners and off-beat visual effects, e.g. the funeral home looks like a casket and there are overhead fans outside. There’s elements of sci-fi with the alien bad guy, the power metal of draconian, and the giant scorpions. There’s a little bit of gore, romance, and even some innuendo of bondage. The movie seems to start off wanting to be a straight action piece, then shifts gears into high comedy, before ending in the action genre again.

The DVD comes with no special features. Shout Factory took over the A/V quality chores from Full Moon, so you can expect to see a transfer better than your average Charles Band movie. However, the audio still suffers from poor production quality that results in dialogue being frequently stepped on. I wish that we could’ve received some supplements with the release, but I guess that won’t happen. Oh well, it’s worth a rental.

RELEASE DATE: 07/05/2011

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