Shadowzone (1990) Blu-ray Review from Full Moon
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Full Moon Entertainment is showing no signs of slowing down, especially when it comes to re-releasing new versions of the classic films that put them on the map. The latest in their ongoing attempts at delivering new old stuff is the re-mastered edition of video store staple, Shadowzone (1990).

I enjoy revisiting these films for one reason, nostalgia. Having spent most of the ’80s and ’90s frequenting video stores, taking time to look back at films you would see on the shelves opens up a flood of memories. Whether the film is great or not, it comes down to moments like trying to remember what video store you rented it from or recalling another film you may have rented at the same time. It is definitely nerd territory but fun, nonetheless. Also, Full Moon has long had a place in my heart, and I hope they continue to thrive for years to come.

After a death occurs at Project Shadowzone, a group of researchers begin to conduct tests in an old, abandoned underground facility in the Nevada desert. NASA sends in Captain Hickock (David Beecroft) to investigate the death. He learns that Dr. Erhart (Louise Fletcher) and Dr. Van Fleet (James Hong) have made a groundbreaking discovery, a way to break through the dream state and into another dimension.

What should be considered a major scientific discovery quickly turns into a nightmare when an alien being from the dimension begins to pray on their darkest fears.

Shadowzone has a solid story and cast, even if it does take a couple of cues from Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). It might be a tad bit too ambitious at times, but overall, it’s just campy fun. Director J.S. Cardone crafts a solid film with fun performances from its main cast. Plus, it has the legendary James Hong in it so it already has my attention.

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Though the budget was limited, it still has a couple of solid set pieces to help give it an edge, as well as some respectable effects work. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it. I can’t say for sure just how good the re-mastered print is from previous versions, but it’s definitely vibrant and clean, which is all we really need.

I wish Full Moon had gone the extra mile to add some new features, updated interviews, or other features to the disc. These early films should be a reminder of a time long past, and hearing from some of those involved could be quite interesting. All we are given is a set of Full Moon trailers, which is always welcome. But a couple of extra morsels would have been great.

While not Full Moon’s greatest achievement, it’s still an entertaining film and a worthy addition to your own personal archive.

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