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Metal Hurlant


Starring: John Rhys-Davies, Michael Jai White, James Marsters, Scott Adkins and Michelle Lee
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

Certificate: 15
Release Date: 19 October 2015

Métal Hurlant aka Heavy Metal, as it was known outside of France, started life as an influential science fiction/fantasy magazine and whilst there have been many attempt to translate the magazine success to film, the history of such attempts are littered with what might have beens.

In 2011 another attempt was made to translate the magazine into a show, this time entitled Métal Hurlant Chronicles. Once again the name did not survive. The show gained only a moderate success and was cancelled after two seasons. Season one found its way to DVD with the show's name intact, whereas season two was renamed Métal Hurlant: Resurgent.

Released on Blu-ray, the second season consists of six half hour episodes. The basic premise is that the planet Hurlant has been destroyed by its own people and that the living head is condemned to wander the universe, touching lives and changing destinies by its passing. This allowed the makers to pretty much have a blank canvas to tell any story they wished. Apparently what they wished to do was squander the opportunity.

There is nothing inherently wrong with the show, it was able to attract some quality actors, but overall it would not have looked out of place in the nineteen eighties. The use of what looks like video to record the show and the CGI means that even though it comes on a Blu-ray a lot of the episodes have very soft pictures. The episodes in season two are:

Whiskey in the Jar; The Endomorphe; Loyal Khondor; Second Chance; Second Son; and Back to Reality.

Audio options for both DTS-HD MA 5.1 or DTS-HD MA 2.0. The disc has no extras.

With such high competition in the science fiction market, this really didn’t stand much of a chance. It is incredible to think this was made eight years after the start of Galactica (2003) and yet it looks like it was made twenty years before it.


Charles Packer

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