COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Shout Factory’s Futureworld Blu-Ray Review

Updated: 04/10/2013 10:43 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

If you are looking for a great sci-fi thriller then Shout Factory’s “Futureworld” is the movie for you.

I had never seen “Futureworld” before and I was really excited when I received a review Blu-Ray copy.

“Futureworld” is rated “PG” and was released in 1976. It stars Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill and Yul Brynner.

“Futureworld” is a sequel to the 1973 movie “Westworld” which was about a futuristic world named Delos that was created for people to vacation at and live out their wildest fantasies.  Everything was controlled by computers and the world was full of robots that looked like humans.

Something went wrong and the robots became violent and started killing people. One of the people vacationing at Delos manages to stop the robots and survive.

In “Futureworld,” Peter Fonda plays a newspaper reporter named Chuck Browning and he is the reporter that exposed the disaster at Delos to the public. Now it’s been a few years later and the publicist for Delos visits the television station where Chuck works at and he wants to give Chuck and a television reporter the opportunity to visit a new and improved Delos and do a review of it. 

The two decide to go, but right before they leave Chuck is contacted by a Delos employee saying that he has some information on Delos. Chuck goes to meet him and the Delos Employee has been murdered.

Now Chuck knows that he must go to Delos because there is something going on that the public does not know about. What will he find out when he goes to Delos? Is there something going on that the public must know about? You’ll have to watch and find out.

I really liked the story of “Futureworld” a lot. It was easy to follow and was very exciting. I really liked that you didn’t have to watch “Westworld” to know what was going on, because everything that happened in “Westworld” was explained. The movie was very exciting and was also very thrilling.

One thing that I thought was interesting was that in the opening credits, all of the credits looked the same and were in the same font, but when Yul Brynner’s name is shown it is in a box and it stands out. I just thought that was different.

The quality of the movie looked amazing and the Blu-Ray copy was fantastic. There were no scratches or distortions in the movie. It was sharp and crystal clear. I know I say the same thing in almost all of my Shout Factory reviews, but it’s true. All of these films look amazing. They really know how to restore a film.

The special features are pretty good. It would have been nice to see more, but the special features are fun to watch. The special features include:

I really liked Shout Factory’s “Futureworld” a lot and I can’t wait to watch it again. I really thought the story was unique and cleaver. The quality of the Blu-Ray was amazing and looked great. The special features were fun to watch. I think that if you are looking for a great sci-fi movie to watch then this is the movie for you.

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.