Exterminators of the Year 3000 is a film that I had never seen, but was highly anticipating once the announcement was made that Scream Factory would be bringing it to Blu-ray. I’m a huge fan of George Miller’s Mad Max films, and almost anything to do with a post-apocalyptic wastelands or dystopian societies. I am also a fan of Italian Exploitation, so when you combine those elements, you have my attention. I was expecting to be entertained by this film, but I didn’t expect it to be as fun as it was.
Yeah, Exterminators of the Year 3000 is a complete ripoff of George Miller’s epic Mad Max and The Road Warrior, but is that really a bad thing? You take a situation as enthralling as battling other survivors for resources by way of Twisted Metal-style car combat, throw in a few quirky but interesting characters, and put that Italian Exploitation twist on it, and you have a recipe for fun, and that’s exactly what this film delivers. We have one rigid anti-hero, one over-the-top baddie in fetish gear, tons of fast-paced vehicular combat, featuring cars straight out of a post-apocalyptic destruction derby, and a ton of nods to other films of the same ilk. Sound like fun? Well, it is.
As far as the controversy over the quality of the video presentation is concerned, there are some elements of the video quality that are occasionally problematic. However, this is pretty obviously due to problems with the source material, and not some kind of screw-up at the hands of Scream Factory. If you’ll read an honest review about the discs, it would read that this is a mostly-solid presentation of an obscure piece of Italian cinema. It’s not without its problems, but there’s likely nothing that could have been done. It looks beautiful, almost ninety eight percent of the time. So for those of you that have read on forums and social networking sites that this release is an awful DNR’ed mess, you can rest easily in knowing that such claims have been greatly exaggerated.
Currently, Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Exterminators of the Year 3000 is sitting on Amazon.com, under sixteen bucks. For what you get, that price is more than fair. You do get several extras, including an audio commentary, some interviews and a couple of TV spots, and I can guarantee that no matter what you read on a forum, this is a big upgrade from any previous release of the film. The audio, much like the video, is somewhat problematic at the source, but for what it is, the presentation is impressive. For whatever reason, even though a lot of the actors could speak English, the film was eventually dubbed. I dislike dubbed films, I think it robs you the experience that the actors/director were hoping you’d have, but when there is no other option, I can certainly deal with it. Plus, some of the dubbing creates for some unintentional humor.
If you want to see a good example of an unwatchable Blu-ray, check out FOX’s “Ultimate Hunter Edition” Blu-ray release of Predator. That’s a DNR’ed, disgusting mess. Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Exterminators of the Year 3000, is absolutely not. There are some issues with the film at the source level, but there is no such tomfoolery here. It looks as good as it probably could have looked without a full-on 4K restoration, and even then, most of the issues I’ve seen people complain about would still exist. So take my advice, ignore those people and their agendas, and pick up this Blu-ray, I can almost guarantee that most of you will have a fun time.