- bluray rental - restored 3D version by 3D Film Archive - Released by Kino Lorber
Well, Demi Moore is in it as her first major role, and plays an 18-year-old. The other actors were somewhat known at the time, but forgotten now. Released originally in 1983 as a new regeneration of 3D quality in film. The restoration is tough to watch in the beginning as the 3D alignment is not quite right because of the smoke in the scenes. Color and contrast are hazy, then suddenly, it snaps into a better quality image.I have a 160" screen and found it hard to watch sometimes as the separation of infinity objects was sometimes too wide, up to 6+"--should be 2.5" max. . It has a lot of pop-outs, which back then made people scream. I don't think you will have that reaction now. Some of it is very hokey by today's standards.
The story was confusing at first, until you realize it's about a dystopian future. I was surprised by the nudity and language for a 1983 film, but nothing to worry about. Probably not a film for under 13 crowd. I won't give away the story, but the name of the movie is pretty much what it is about. Man-made parasite developed for all the wrong reasons gets released and a man must find and kill it. The acting is old school, but not overly stupid. Stan Winston (Terminator, Aliens, Jurassic Park, etc.) created the parasite--definitely low budget, and some other effects for the movie. The filming of the effects, though, was not of his standards in later films as you will see.
Leave your expectations at the door, bring lots of popcorn and reminisce about the past, while watching with friends, and laugh a lot. Be prepared for a lot of "oooh that scene hurt my eyes". I see this as a good rental, but not an own, unless you are keen on owning all of the restorations from 3D Film Archive: http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/