Robot Jox is a dumb but harmlessly cheesy sci-fi actioner done on a relatively limited budget. The acting isn’t anything amazing but for the most part the special and visual effects were impressive enough all things considered.
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Action
Scream Factory | PG – 85 min. – $24.97 | July 7, 2015
In a future world where war has been outlawed, international disputes are settled in a single winner-take-all fight between two of the ultimate killing machines. Massive, menacing and made-to-destroy, these human-piloted combat ‘bots square off to determine global supremacy. But when tragedy strikes during a crucial battle and treacherous espionage raises the stakes, will veteran robowarrior (GARY GRAHAM) walk away from the game for good… or take his revenge against his rival pilot, the homicidal Alexander (PAUL KOSLO)?
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5
Audio Commentaries – There are two tracks, the first with Director Stuart Gordon (with Michael Felsher moderating) and the other featuring Associate Effects Director Paul Gentry, Mechanical Effects Artist Mark Rappaport and Stop-Motion Animator Paul Jessel.
Looking Back with Paul Koslo (10:14; HD) is an interview the actor who played Alexander as he recounts working on the movie.
We get a set of Archival Interviews with Director Stuart Gordon (7:27; HD), Pyrotechnical Supervisor Joe Viskocil (7:57; HD), Associate Effects Director Paul Gentry (7:14; HD), Stop-Motion Animator Paul Jessel (7:48; HD) and Animation & Visual Effects Chris Endicott and Mark McGee (9:29; HD).
Behind the Scenes Footage (14:16; HD) is just raw footage from the production 25 years ago.
Lastly there’s the Trailer (1:25; HD), TV Spot (0:31; HD) and two Stills Galleries.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Shout Factory, through their Scream Factory line, releases Robot Jox onto Blu-ray presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer and in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio. The picture quality itself isn’t that bad. Detail levels are generally sharp and colors appear to be rich and well balanced; however, there were several instances of dust marks and dirt specs littered throughout so it’s not the most pristine transfer but looks as good as it ever will.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The movie comes with a so-so yet effective 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track where dialogue levels were generally crisp and clear throughout while the more action-centric, as shockingly few they are, come through a bit flat at times, though I can’t say I’m all that surprised this isn’t the most dynamic track but for the budget and age, it’s certainly good enough.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, Robot Jox is a dumb but harmlessly cheesy sci-fi actioner done on a relatively limited budget. The acting isn’t anything amazing but for the most part the special and visual effects were impressive enough all things considered. The Blu-ray released as part of Shout’s Scream Factory line has some decent features to go along with video and audio transfers that were both nicely done.
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