'Max Reload and the Nether Blasters' [Blu-ray]
(Tom Plumley, Wil Wheaton, Lukas Gage, Martin Kove, Greg Grunberg, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2020 / MVD Visual)
Overview: A small town video game store clerk must go from zero to hero after accidentally unleashing the forces of evil from a cursed Colecovision© video game cartridge!
Blu-ray Verdict: OK, it's true that when you see the game store owner is Kevin Smith, you instantly know what level of humor to expect, along with how many zany, left of center and unrealistic scenarios are about to head your way, but at least here in 'Max Reload,' well, he's not the center of attraction, so to speak!
That all said, I got exactly what I expected to from watching this movie and have to say I was thoroughly entertained for its 80 minute run time.
Heralding from something born of the mid-'80s, complete with animation (of the day ilk) and oh-so colorful blasts of light and flares, 'Max Reload' is a blast (all puns intended) from back in the day, lovingly created here in modern times.
Furthermore, when I also saw that Greg Grunberg, Wil Wheaton, Martin Kove and Lin Shaye were in the cast list, I must admit that all just further enhanced my viewing pleasure!
Personally, I can't claim to have an ounce of interest in Kevin Smith, so there was no hype for me there, but if that tickles yer funny bones, you can add this movie to his "out there" hit list, that's for darn sure!
Chock full of '80s ambiance and cheesy catchphrases galore, and with Grunberg taking the lead role with both hands, never once letting slip his mask of What have I signed up for here?, there are some really nice, and interestingly fun references and Easter eggs spread throughout the movie, if you wish to rewatch (which I'm sure you all will).
Directed by Scott Conditt and Jeremy Tremp, sure there are times when it feels like the plot has been locked into autopilot, when the cast are working through their individual (character building) issues, or it has to arc off to bring in a side-stored plot point, but overall 'Max Reload' is a quite brilliant, 'Jumanji'-like story that unfolds perfectly as you watch it.
All in all, 'Max Reload and the Nether Blasters' is a riotously fun, '80s-themed, highly colorful film that is best suited for all gamers and hardcore pop culture nerds alike. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Art and Animation Featurette
"NetherCragon" VFX Featurette
"Egypt" VFX Featurette
"Reggie Gets Nethered" Anatomy of a Scene Featurette
"Speed Run" Bonus Featurette
Original Theatrical Trailer
'Max Reload and the Nether Blasters' [Blu-ray] is out August 11th, 2020 via MVD Visual.