Mar 152019
 

The Nemesis sequel trilogy set is three pretty poor movies, not that the first film was some gem, however these movies don’t have much charm to them.

 

 

Nemesis 2/3/4
— Triple Feature/MVD Rewind Collection —
(1995/1996)

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Action
MVD Visual | NR – 85 min. / 91 min. / 80 min. – $24.95 | March 26, 2019

Date Published: 03/15/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO (NEMESIS 2):
Directed by: Albert Pyun
Writer(s): Albert Pyun (written by)
Cast: Sue Price, Tina Cote, Earl White, Jah J.J. Zuri, Chad Stahelski


MOVIE INFO (NEMESIS 3):
Directed by: Albert Pyun
Writer(s): Albert Pyun (written by)
Cast: Sue Price, Norbert Weisser, Xavier Declie, Sharon Bruneau, Tim Thomerson


MOVIE INFO (NEMESIS 4):
Directed by: Albert Pyun|
Writer(s): Albert Pyun (written by)
Cast: Sue Price, Norbert Weisser, Nicholas Guest, Simon Poland, Andrew Divoff

DISC INFO:
Features: Interviews, Trailers
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (PCM 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85/2.20
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 47.22 GB
Total Bitrate: 22.72 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

MVD Visual Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 1.5/5


Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995) — 1.5/5

Based on my memory, I didn’t think much of the first Nemesis movie released in 1992 but found it to be passably entertaining and had some good ideas, even if it heavily borrowed from other sci-fi movies in the past. It was somewhat ambitious only held back with an independent budget.

So with Nemesis 2: Nebula released a few years later, finds a new lead portrayed by bodybuilder Sue Price, playing a woman named Alex, who certainly embodied a character genetically altered but unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger before her, she lacked any screen charisma. Not helping matters, with what I assume was a micro-budget, the film takes place entirely in the desert and inside abandoned factories or warehouses. The fight choreography was okay I suppose but the editing was awkward and featured a thin story, though compared with the next two movies, is an epic. One fun fact, the “Nebula” (carbon copy of The Predator) was played by Chad Stahelski who would later go on to direct the John Wick movies…


Nemesis 3: Time Lapse (1996)1.0/5

This is a continuation of Nebula and once again pretty much takes place entirely in the desert and back inside some of the same abandoned buildings, though this time around I was awfully confused about the timeline. The first 20 minutes or so are partially comprised of flashbacks from Nebula before we get the tried and annoying xx hours/days earlier (this one is 22 hours earlier). The gist of the story finds Alex on the run again from those who want to capture her and take her, well, back to the future. This time, though the fights are even worse (with complete whiff punches) and the only highlight, in a good-bad kind of way, are two female hunters who did make me laugh out loud. Otherwise, waste of time.


Nemesis 4: Cry of Angels (1996) — 0.5/5

Speaking of waste of time… I have to say, as uninspiring as the previous two sequels were, this one was downright lazy. This entry takes place in the “future” which means in some abandoned town in Slovakia as it turns out, finding Alex living as an assassin but her last job has gone wrong taking out the wrong target: the son of a notoriously dangerous gangster, one we never see of course. So with a $100 million bounty on her head, assassins from all around are targeting, though here we only get to see three and she calls in another, a former lover named Johnny (SIMON POLAND), to kill her so he may collect the reward.

This was pretty much a quasi sci-fi porno with Sue Price spending a fair amount of the time nude and there are a couple (somewhat) tame sex scenes. I guess there had to be something scintillating since there really is no plot. Heck, even the cheesy Andrew Divoff (from the Wishmaster movies) was underutilized with only his face in frame set against a back backdrop. Lame. No surprise this was show in only 5 days.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


All three films are on a single disc and housed in a clear Blu-ray case and comes with a slip cover. Inside is a poster for the front artwork. Not jam-packed with features, but there are Interviews with writer-director Albert Pyun for each film as well as Trailers for all three movies.

 


VIDEO – 3.0/5


Nemesis 2 & 3 are both presented in their original 1.78 widescreen aspect ratios while Nemesis 4 is in 2.20 widescreen, and all three films received 1080p high-definition transfers which I found to be acceptable if not also mildly unimpressive. Detail for the most part was decent and I didn’t really notice a heavy amount of dust marks (not that one could tell in the desert setting) or scratches. All of that said, colors are on the muted side even considering the locations.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


All three movies received PCM 2.0 tracks which were okay, though you can definitely hear some of the lower budget elements (as if you couldn’t see it anyway). Dialogue came through with fine clarity and some of the action/sci-fi aspects show off some modest depth. On the plus side of things, there were no apparent pops or hisses so presumably this was a solid upgrade over any previous releases.

 


OVERALL – 2.25/5

The Nemesis sequel trilogy set is three pretty poor movies, not that the first film was some gem, though I kind of appreciate it for what it was trying to do despite the budget constraints. These movies don’t have much charm to them, but it might be worth picking up for any completists out there.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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