THE PLOT THUS FAR
In a post-apocalyptic future where the earth is a desert and water is the most precious substance of all, a band of survivors must turn to a mysterious stranger to battle a ruthless gang of motorcycle psychos for control of the wasteland and the water. A glorious crash of guns, nuclear fallout, and synthesizers make this a must-see for anyone who’s been longing for the day in which they can finally get beyond Thunderdome.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Exterminators of the Year 3000″ opens on Alien and his kid scouring the desert hellhole for water. If you’ve seen one of these movies, you’ve seen them all. Rough looking cars, vague Messiahs and a desire to scrounge for resources in areas that even cockroaches would find appalling. This movie isn’t “Mad Max”. Hell, it’s not even “Steel Dawn”. What the film remains is a testament to Italian cult cinema’s ability to regurgitate any slight hit into something they can sell.
Italian Post Apocalyptic movies are starting to really pick up traction in American home entertainment. Sure, the horror and Giallo titles get the fanfare. But, the past year has seen skin flicks and various weirder outings coming to Blu-Ray and DVD for the first time. It’s amazing to see what country’s cult cinema get such love when we can’t even get the works of Waters or Fuller into proper HD. For the nit pickers out there, I’m talking about the non “Big Red One” work.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentary, an interview and TV spots as the special features. The A/V Quality is a mixed bag. I found the DTS-HD mono track to be appropriate considering the source. However, the transfer looked worn out and muddy at times. I get that films like these don’t get painstaking restorations, but the continued upgrade to HD formats are only going to press the need for some source material clean-up. In the end, I’d still recommend a purchase to Italian cult cinema fans.
RELEASE DATE: 03/03/2015