Friday, July 7, 2017

"Lawnmower Man" Proves More Relevant Today Than 25 Years Ago

Movie Review: "The Lawnmower Man" Collector's Edition

Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is a brilliant scientist obsessed with perfecting virtual reality software. When his experiments on animals fail, he finds the ideal substitute – Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey), a slow-witted gardener. Dr. Angelo's goal is to benefit his human guinea pig and ultimately mankind itself, but evil lurks the guise of "the Shop," a shadowy group that seeks to use the technology to create an invincible war machine. When the experiments change the simple Jobe into a superhuman being, the stage is set for a Jekyll-and-Hyde struggle for the control of Jobe's mind and the future of the world in "The Lawnmower Man."

"The Lawnmower Man" Collector's Edition is available now on Blu-ray.

"The Lawnmower Man" Collector's Edition came out June 20th, 2017. It was directed by Brett Leonard. The cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Fahey, Austin O'Brien, Jenny Wright, and Geoffrey Lewis. The running time is 70 minutes.

Both the "Director's Cut" and "Theatrical Cut" of the movie on 2 discs make up "The Lawnmower Man" Collector's Edition. The "Theatrical Cut" is rated R for language, sensuality and a scene of violence. The "Director's Cut" is not rated, but contains nudity, profanity, violence and frightening and intense scenes. The "Theatrical Cut" has nudity in it, as well.

Scream Factory loads "The Lawnmower Man" Collector's Edition with all sorts of great special features. Disc 1 includes the "Theatrical Cut" and contains audio commentary with Writer / Director Brett Leonard and Writer / Producer Gimel Everett. We also get deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, vintage interviews with the cast, edited animation sequences, and a theatrical trailer.

The "Director's Cut" is on Disc 2 and contains a new documentary entitled "Cybergod: Creating 'The Lawnmower Man'," which features interviews with Brett Leonard, Actor Jeff Fahey, Editor Alan Baumgarten, and more. There's also audio commentary with Brett Leonard and Gimel Everett. Other bonus material includes conceptual art, design sketches, behind-the-scenes and production stills, and storyboards.

Scream Factory gave me a reason to re-visit 1992's sci-fi thriller "The Lawnmower Man" the way Director Brett Leonard intended audiences to see it in the first place. "The Director's Cut" of the film contains 33 minutes of additional footage re-inserted into the film. Although the computer-generated cyberspace scenes are understandably dated by today's standards, you still can appreciate them for how ground-breaking they were 25 years ago. It will come as no surprise that the movie's warnings against the overuse and misuse of technology is even more relevant in 2017. I found myself muttering many times, "They were right."

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

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