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After the Fall of New York (1983) - Blu-ray Review

4 beersTo the victor, long life and happiness!  And, in a movie about the search for the last fertile human woman on the planet (with over 500 uncontaminated eggs in her ovaries), that life had better be a damn good one. Welcome to the New Middle Ages on this garbage dump of a planet After the Fall of New York!  It is a desolate place where armored car chases are to be expected, lasers will nuke your ass, and swords are flung, chopping a perfect row of heads off in one long arc.

It has been two decades since WWIII.  No child has been born on the planet for 15 long years.  That’s quite a dry spell but, according to some reports being picked up from deep inside New York City, there is a new hope in the form of a very fruitful woman.  And what the decent side of what’s left of mankind, represented here by the President (Edmund Purdom) of the Federation, needs is but one survivor they can trust to sneak in and get this promising woman out alive.

 

"Low in budget and rich in attitude, this film survives through the decades because it absolutely works."


 

Filmed in the trashiest places in all of Italy, this is a science fiction film as flipped in its melon as the iconic Barbarella and yet manages, thanks to a healthy dose of influence from The Road Warrior, Death Race 2000, and Escape from New York, to entertain with cool action scenes, hair-raising thrills, and over-the-top spills.  We even get knights riding horses in this adventure through the underbelly of New York and straight into the womb of one surviving woman. 

There’s nothing sacred as our recent past garb becomes the future raves.  It’s hard to know where the movie ends and the Billy Idol video shoot begins.  But, hey, at least this John Carpenter knockoff is damned entertaining.  This movie, dare I suggest, is almost inspired as it operates a bit like Children of Men and, at times, kicks major ass.

Get the spiked belts out and start rocking the fingerless leather gloves!  It’s time to form an imperfect union where Oi! Oi! Oi! street punks and gutter trash are the only law that matters.  One survivor, Parsifal (Michael Sopkiw), is blessed by an automated clown after winning a demolition derby-like brawl on four wheels and then tasked to go on into New York to rescue the woman.  He is accompanied by two men, one is muscle and one is the map of New York, so you see, like any other great Italian flick from the decade, this film is a buffet of cinematic delights.

And this comic book doesn’t disappoint.  Even the soundtrack, from Yor’s Guido & Maurizio De Angelis, keeps things pretty synthy and focused as the Knights of the Round Table legend gets refitted thanks to Parsifal’s hero quest into New York City.

After the Fall of New York (1983) - Blu-ray Review

After the Fall of New York, directed and co-written by Sergio Martino (Hands of Steel) is a wild and often raucous affair through the future where the winners and losers of WWIII continue to battle with what’s left of the population.  Sure, it is a retread of what has come before in Science Fiction Land but that doesn’t make this trip into the Thunderdome any less entertaining. 

Low in budget and rich in attitude, this film survives through the decades because it absolutely works.  After the Fall of New York is funny and heavy with the merciless action and, thanks to an interesting plot concerning fertility and the future of mankind, we are quickly invested in the dilemma that Parsifal, who seems like a pretty cool dude, must face and overcome.

Fascinating and highly stylized, After the Fall of New York is presented on blu-ray thanks to brand new 2016 HD master with extensive color corrections.  Get your copy now!

After the Fall of New York (1983) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
96 mins
Director
: Sergio Martino
Writer:
Ernesto Gastaldi
Cast:
Michael Sopkiw, Valentine Monnier, George Eastman
Genre
: Action | Sci-fi
Tagline:
In The Year 2019, The Future Depends on One Man.
Memorable Movie Quote: "That thing back there was a cyborg. Half man, half robot."
Theatrical Distributor:
Almi Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
December 7, 1984
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
March 30, 2017
Synopsis: After a nuclear holocaust, society breaks down into two groups: the evil Euraks and the rebel Federation. Mercanary Parsical is hired by the Federation to infiltrate New York City and rescue the only fertile woman left on Earth. But with all the obstacles ahead, he'll need to count on a group of warriors to accomplish the mission and save the human race from extiniction.

After the Fall of New York (1983) - Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Code Red
Available on Blu-ray
- March 30, 2017
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: None
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Region-free playback

After the Fall of New York is presented on blu-ray with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0.  The color corrections done to the HD transfer are damn perfect, making the fancy New York City building models look great in the transfer.  The illusion is made real thanks to higher contrasts and sharper colors.  Black levels are solid and details in the clothing are pretty fantastic, as well.  All in all, this is a great HD presentation of this flick.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There is a fabulous commentary with Michael Sopkiw about the making of the movie.

Special Features:

Fans are in for a treat with this release.  Not only is there an introduction with Banana Man and Michael Sopkiw, but the disc is loaded with brand new interviews from Anna Kanakis, George Eastman, Paolo Maria Scalondro, director Sergio Martino, and Production Designer Antonello Geleg.  Vintage Interviews and a Trailer round out the supplemental materials.

  • Sopkiw Interview
  • Future is Now: Anna Kanakis Interview
  • Meet the Apeman: George Eastman Interview
  • Hookman: Paolo Maria Scalandro Interview
  • Welcome to the New Middle Ages: Antonello Geleg Interview
  • Vintage Interviews
  • Trailer

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