(Phoebe Sparrow, Daisy Aitkens, Simon Dwyer-Thomas, et al / DVD / NR / 2020 / 4Digital Media)
Overview: During an ongoing battle for humanity, a group of rookie space fighter pilots is sent to join the battle against an armada of unbeatable enemy ships.
When the trainee pilot and her gunner are shot down, they manage to crash land on a nearby planet. With the gunner mortally wounded and her own life support only set to last two days, our pilot's only option is to fix her ship.
The sudden appearance of an enemy craft offers the answer, but as the pilot looks for parts to use on her own ship she is horrified to spot another survivor; an enemy alien soldier who has no intention of letting her escape.
DVD Verdict: I mean, come on now, to be able to create such a simply brilliant film such as 'Dune Drifter' on such a low budget (of around $100,000) that balances such a monetary restriction with a Sci-Fi overtone back from those good old days of late night B-Movie classics, and have it still come out head held high as a film that should go down as one any self-respecting fan of the genre needs to watch! Well played Writer/Director Marc Price! Well played indeed, Sir!
I mean, the whole early scene where Adler's (Phoebe Sparrow) spaceship was forced off kilter and through a black hole before crashing on the unknown planet is as Star Wars-esque congratulatory as I've ever seen before!
Oh, and as for that aforementioned budget and the corners cut, well, that whole cockpit set was constructed in the director's living room!
Projection was used to simulate a number of environments and situations for the spaceship to cruise through, including the whole space battle and subsequent crash sequence!
Furthermore, sections of the film were shot during the Covid-19 lockdown (in the UK) with just the occupants of the director's flat!
Indeed, the director's girlfriend doubled for any actors and WhatsApp voice notes from cast members were used for any extra lines of dialogue!
But I digress with all the Behind-The-Scenes info that comes with this excellent new DVD, as the film itself is so vibrantly magnificent, I went ahead and watched it all over again the next night!
Featuring some truly beautiful, and at times starkly dramatic scenery, all remarkably shot, and most all in some highly inventive ways, watch the film, and then the Bonus Features, and you'll be AMAZED at how it all came together in such a clever and proficient way.
Oh, and as for the "Dune" of the title, it refers to the Adler's squadron callsign, and not the landscape, as heard in the scene where she tries contacting the retreating allied forces.
Indeed, Phoebe Sparrow's character Adler is named after Austrian psychotherapist Alfred Adler whose major theories in personality development included "The Inferiority Complex".
A psychological term used to describe people with intense feelings of inadequacy, often resulting in extreme shyness, self-isolation, or social submissiveness.
Traits the character of Adler shares with the theory and overcomes throughout the course of film, of course. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
The Producer's Cut Feature (95 mins)
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette (20 mins)
'Dune Drifter' [DVD] is out on December 1st, 2020 (Digital, VOD and DVD) via 4Digital Media.