COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swan Review

Updated: 04/01/2013 10:47 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

I have always been fascinated with the idea of time travel and I think that one day someone will discover how to do it. I have also enjoyed movies that involved time travel and there have been many different ones made throughout the years.


I just finished watching a review copy of great movie that involves time travel from Shout Factory on BLU-RAY called “Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swan.”

“Timerider” was released in 1982 and stars Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, L.Q. Jones, and Ed Lauter.

It’s about a champion off-road racer named Lyle Swan (Fred Ward) who is competing in a big race in the desert. During the race Swan goes off course and ends up going through a time travel testing site that has been set up by a group of scientists. Ward ends up getting zapped back into time 105 years to the old west. Ward encounters a group of bandits that want his bike. He must outsmart them and try to figure out a way to get back home to his current time period.

I thought that the story was pretty good and it gave a new angle on the idea of time travel. I really liked the idea of having the motorcycle racer go back into the old west with his bike.  I enjoyed watching the people’s reaction when they saw Swan’s motorcycle, because they had never seen anything like that before. The movie was humorous and there were some pretty good shoot outs. I think that most people will find the story entertaining.

This is the first time “Timerider” has been released on BLU-RAY, and the film looks great.  The video is in 1080p high definition widescreen and it looks amazing. Every little detail in the film jumps out and is crystal clear.

I really enjoyed the special features and thought that they were great to watch. The special features include:

I really enjoyed Shout Factory’s “Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swan” a lot. I thought that it was a very fun movie to watch and I found it very entertaining. The quality of the video is amazing and the special features are great. The movie is rated “PG” but there is a bunch of swearing and some violent scenes. 

I would definitely recommend this movie.

For more information on Shout Factory go to www.shoutfactory.com 

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.