Despite not exactly having a Hollywood budget, Full Moon’s 1993 sci-fi actioner Robot Wars still holds up pretty damn well. It’s set to finally be released on Blu-ray on December 15th in a digitally remastered HD format and will be available on Full Moon Direct.
Gotta love how they used the badass original release poster as the cover art.
Serving as a follow-up to 1990’s Robot Jox, Robot Wars was set in in a dystopian version of the year 2041, with humanity fighting wars using giant robots. Kind of like Pacific Rim, but much more brutal. It was directed by Albert Band and written by his son, Charles Band, alongside Jackson Barr. Don Michael Paul, Barbara Crampton, James Staley, and Lisa Rinna star.
The full list of Blu-ray extras are detailed in the press release below, and I know I’d much rather watch this than any of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies.
From the Press Release:
It’s Robot vs. Robot in a Metal-Crunching Dystopian Future!
From director Albert Band (I BURY THE LIVING, DOCTOR MORDRID) comes ROBOT WARS, Full Moon’s sister film follow-up to 1989’s cult hit ROBOT JOX. In a gas-ravaged future Hell, the United States is divided into two opposing blocs, the North Hemi and the Eastern Alliance and targeting them both are roving bands of pirates known as the Centros. While “mega robots” were once employed for war, peace between the blocs has dictated that the mechanized monsters are no more, save for the lone remaining functioning specimen the MRAS-2, now utilized as a tourist attraction and piloted by the rough and tumble Drake (Don Michael Paul). But when a war-mongering dignitary steals the MRAS-2 and threatens to wage a new apocalyptic battle, Drake revives another dormant “mega robot”, the MEGA-1, and drags it out into the desert to take down the deadly, scorpion-like MRAS-2 with the fate of what’s left of the world hanging in the balance!
Full Moon is pleased to bring back this retro-robot gem for its high definition Blu-ray debut, digitally remastered in HD from its original 35mm camera negative. ROBOT WARS is a fun, action-packed tale of political intrigue and sci-fi action that also co-stars the great Barbara Crampton (CASTLE FREAK, RE-ANIMATOR) and features stunning stop-motion special effects by the late, great David Allen.
Special features include:
*The Wizard of Wars: Remembering David Allen (NEW feature)
*Vintage 1997 Full Moon Promo
*Original Videozone program
Which ‘bot will YOU bet on? ROBOT WARS will be released on 12/15 via FullMoonDirect.com, Amazon, and wherever awesome giant robot movies are sold…
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