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Great Sci-Fi Thrillers (BFS)


Picture:     Sound:     Extras:     Film:

Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe          C-             C              D          D

Disappearance of Flight 412                   C              C              D          C

Slipstream                                            C-             C+            D          D



BFS has two Sci-Fi triple-features in their very low-budget DVD line and Great Sci-Fi Thrillers is easily the poorer of the two.  You can find the other one elsewhere on this site, while here are the films this disc offers:


Jesse “The Body” Ventura may have beat out Arnold Schwarzenegger into politics, but his films are a disaster and Abraxas is below schlock.  He can save the universe, but not this film.  With Jim Belushi as the supporting actor, it only gets worse.  To go on is a waste of cyberspace.


Glenn Ford, Bradford Dillman, and David Soul star in the 1975 TV movie The Disappearance of Flight 412, which offers UFOs versus the U.S. Air Force when a plane goes missing.  This is the kind of film Airplane! and The Naked Gun took aim at.  TV director Jud Taylor had helmed episodes of the original Star Trek, the pilot for The Rookies, and even an episode of the ill-fated Girl from U.N.C.L.E., but had graduated to telefilms for a few years before this was made.  It is average at best, making it the only watchable thing on this DVD.  Greg Mullavey, Ken Kercheval and Kent Smith also star.


Mark Hamill gave up on trying to do something different in film after Lindsey Anderson’s Britannia Hospital and decided to cash in.  Slipstream is one of his lamer failures.  Shamelessly ripping-off anything it can, Bill Paxton, Robbie Coltrane, Ben Kingsley, and F. Murray Abraham cannot save it.  How bad is a script and its

directing has to be to achieve that?  Very!


The picture on the TV movie Disappearance of Flight 412 is ironically the best of the set, while the other films have very lame Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with lamer Pro Logic surrounds than you usually find, even on traded-down Dolby Digital recycling from masters first used on 12” LaserDiscs.  Some minor text extras are here, but unless you want to see the telefilm, forget this one.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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