Saturday, 7 July 2018

Yor, The Hunter from the Future: 35th Anniversary Blu-ray

Mill Creek Ent., PG; 89 mins; $14.98

Have you ever watched a movie that is so stupid, that it's actually likeable?

Well, that pretty much sums up my thoughts on the 1983 fantasy film Yor, the Hunter from the Future, which is ripoff of Quest of Fire and Star Wars. Upon it's original release, the film received negative reviews from critics and was given three Golden Raspberry Awards nominations.

Yor, the Hunter from the Future arrived on Blu-ray earlier this year from Mill Creek Entertainment; just in time to celebrate the film's 35th Anniversary. Bonus Features include a brand new audio commentary from actor Reb Brown and the original theatrical trailer.

Loosely based on the Argentinian comic book Yor, the film was directed by Antonio Margheriti and stars Reb Brown, Corinne Cléry, John Steiner, and Carole André.

The film centers around a barbarian named Yor (played by Reb Brown) who arrives just in the nick of time to save innocent villagers from a bloody thirsty dinosaur. Before he can rest from the battle, the village is attacked again, but this time they are attacked by a group of bluish skinned cavemen. Everyone is either murdered or kidnapped during the attack. Well, all except for Yor and Pag (played by Luciano Pigozzi), who quickly go on a rescue mission that turns into a disaster, as all the villagers end up being killed, except for a cavewoman named Kala (played by Corinne Cléry).

The trio explore the prehistoric land in search for Yor's origins, as he doesn't know where he comes from, except for the fact that he has wears a weird medallion around his neck. Now this is where the film gets a little strange, as it jumps from being a "barbarian movie" to being a science fiction flick that steals a few things from Star Wars.

Final Thoughts

There were many barbarian-themed movies released throughout the 1980s. Most of them didn't do very well at the theaters, but found some success on basic cable (TBS &TNT) in the early 1990s, which was around the time that I first saw Yor, the Hunter from the Future. I thought the movie was silly back then and I still have the same feelings for it after I watched it on Blu-ray, which happens to be the edited United States version and not the longer Italian version.&nbsp

The picture and sound quality is pretty good at 1080p High-Definition and Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0. While there are only two bonus features, I did enjoy the audio commentary from Reb Brown.

Overall, Yor, the Hunter from the Future is a horribly, fun science fiction flick! Yes, it's the dialogue is awful, the special effects are cheap looking, and the plot is off the wall, but there's just something about it that makes it entertaining to watch!

*I received a complimentary copy from Mill Creek Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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