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Friday, January 31, 2014

DNDF: Space Cowboys and Aliens

And with the push of a button the “Divine Search Engine©” scans through tens of thousands of movie descriptions on IMDB looking for connections and analyzing plot and keyword similarities.  In the space of a few seconds the greatest supercomputer ever designed for entertainment purposes announces it’s conclusions and the films tonight are…and crappy sci-fi movie and it’s sequel.  Woo-hoo!


Oblivion (aka Alien Desperados) is a 1994 American western-science fiction dark comedy film directed by Sam Irvinand and written by Peter David1.  The story has been described as a science fiction Western.  It is, arguably, better termed a space Western, due to its extraterrestrial location.  And once again we will be discussing a Charles Band Production, but these films have George Takei, Isaac Hayes and Julie Newmar in the casts so how bad could they be?

Oblivion (1994)

  • Genre: Adventure – Horror – Sci-Fi
  • Directed: Sam Irvin
  • Produced:
    • Albert Band 
    • Charles Band 
    • Michael Catalano 
    • Peter David 
    • Debra Dion 
    • Oana Paunescu 
    • Vlad Paunescu 
    • Andrew M. Stewart
  • Written:
    • Charles Band (Original Story) 
    • John Rheaume (Story) 
    • Greg Suddeth (Story) 
    • Mark Goldstein (Story) 
    • Peter David (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Richard Joseph Paul, Jackie Swanson, Andrew Divoff, Meg Foster, Isaac Hayes, Julie Newmar, Carel Struycken, George Takei, Musetta Vander, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Irwin Keyes, Mike Genovese
  • Music: Pino Donaggio
  • Cinematography: Adolfo Bartoli
  • Editing: Margeret-Anne Smith
  • Studio: Full Moon Entertainment
  • Distributed:
    • Full Moon Entertainment  
    • Artisan Entertainment  
    • The Kushner-Locke Company  
    • Paramount Home Video  
    • Shout! Factory  
    • Wizard Entertainment
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: April 1994
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Set in the year 3031 on a frontier planet light years away from Earth, a bizarre gang of futuristic desperadoes have their sight set on turning the tumbleweed town of Oblivion into their own private playground.  The action begins with the murder of the town's Marshal Stone by a power-hungry villain called Red Eye.  Using a substance prized on the planet—which also happens to short out electrical devices—Red Eye cheats his way to victory during a showdown on the street, killing Stone and disabling his cyborg deputy, Stell.  He and his cronies begin to bully and persuade the townspeople into allowing him to take over the town.  Oblivion's mortician, Gaunt, who possesses supernatural ability to foresee death, seeks out the Marshal's son, Zack, who is prospecting in the wilderness.

Meanwhile, Zack saves a "native," Buteo, from an untimely death by giant scorpion.  They team up just before Gaunt arrives with the news of Marshal Stone's death, and they all journey together to Oblivion for the funeral. During a misadventure in a saloon along the way, Zack avoids violence, even when harangued by one of Red Eye's henchmen.  After attending his father's funeral, Zack visits his old friend Doc Valentine, an inventor whose technology had failed to protect the Marshal.  At the local whorehouse, a townswoman, Mattie, learns that Zack is not a coward, but an empath, who feels everything that those around him experience.  This leads him to abhor violence.  Buteo learns that one of Red Eye's associates had been responsible for the deaths of his wife and children, and seeks revenge.  Challenging him to a fair fight, Buteo triumphs and his opponent is killed.  Red Eye and his gang capture Buteo in retaliation, place him in stocks, and whip him.

Sensing that something unsavory is going on, Zack confronts his fears, saving Buteo and shooting many of the townspeople who had taken Red Eye's side.  Apparently having won a victory, Zack celebrates until he learns that Mattie has been taken by Red Eye into the Badlands.  He and his friends rush to save her, and in the process defeat all of the villains for good.

After quick runs at numerous film festivals, the film was released directly to videocassette during the 1994 holiday season.  In 2002, the film was released on DVD by Artisan Entertainment but has now been discontinued for reasons not given.  The film was re-released on DVD, by Full Moon Entertainment, in 2010, and on DVD again by Shout! Factory on July 5, 2011.


Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996)

  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Directed: Sam Irvin
  • Produced:
    • Albert Band 
    • Charles Band 
    • Peter David 
    • Debra Dion 
    • Oana Paunescu 
    • Vlad Paunescu 
    • Andrew M. Stewart
  • Written:
    • Charles Band (Story) 
    • Mark Goldstein (Story) 
    • John Rheaume (Story) 
    • Greg Suddeth (Story) 
    • Peter David (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Richard Joseph Paul, Jackie Swanson, Andrew Divoff, Meg Foster, Isaac Hayes, Julie Newmar, Carel Struycken, George Takei, Musetta Vander, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Irwin Keyes, Maxwell Caulfield
  • Music: Pino Donaggio
  • Cinematography: Adolfo Bartoli
  • Editing: Andy Horvitch
  • Studio: Full Moon Entertainment
  • Distributed:
    • Astral Video  
    • Full Moon Pictures  
    • Shout! Factory
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 2 April 1996 (USA)
  • Running Time: 83 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Oblivion 2: Backlash is a 1996 film directed by Sam Irvin and starring Richard Joseph Paul, Jackie Swanson, Maxwell Caulfield and Musetta Vander.  It was produced by Full Moon Entertainment and was shot in Romania.  It is a sequel to the 1994 film Oblivion.

In the alien-western world of Oblivion, a suave, yet lethal bounty hunter named Sweeney arrives to arrest the seductive outlaw Lash on multiple charges, including murder.  Lash, who just "inherited" a mine of Derconium (the most valuable mineral in the universe) from Crowley in a game of cards, meets up with Redeye's brother, Jaggar, who wants the mine for himself to rule the galaxy.  It's a fight over Lash between the sheriff of Oblivion, Jaggar, and Sweeney.  But who will emerge victorious?

 

Notes:

1.  Peter Allen David (born September 23, 1956), is an American writer of comic books, novels, television, movies and video games.  His notable comic book work includes an award-winning 12-year run on The Incredible Hulk, as well as runs on Aquaman, Young Justice, Supergirl, and Fallen Angel.  His Star Trek work includes both comic books and novels such as Imzadi, and co-creating the New Frontier series.  His other novels include film adaptations, media tie-ins, and original works, such as the Apropos of Nothing and Knight Life series.  His television work includes series such as Babylon 5, Young Justice, Ben 10: Alien Force and Nickelodeon's Space Cases, the last of which David co-created.

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