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SKY PIRATES
Blu-ray Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 90 minutes, audio commentary, interviews, deleted and extended scenes, featurettes, theatrical trailer, trailer reel, image gallery
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
Subtitles: English SDH

STUDIO: Umbrella Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 9-1-2023

PLOT:
At the end of the Second World War, Lt. Harris is assigned to transport a mysterious crate which results in him and his crew getting lost in a sea of abandoned ships with so-called connections to the Philadelphia Experiment. After losing the cargo, he and his crew are rescued and Major Savage has Lt. Harris put on military trial for disobeying orders and not playing ball. Lt. Harris escapes and sets out to find out what Major Savage wanted to keep the subject of the mission secret which leads to a bigger set of mysteries.

ANALYSIS:
SKY PIRATES comes off as a B movie rip-off of Indiana Jones even though RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and SKY PIRATES wrre kinda being developed independently of each other around the same time. The lead hero dresses like Charlton Heston in his action movie prime. SKY PIRATES doesn't quite hold that same magic that RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK does. One example is an early scene in the movie which explains in narration that they lost a couple of characters without showing that they lost them or how they lost them. The Easter Island climax falls a little flat compared to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK's climax. If you are looking for a movie inspired by the same Republic Pictures cliffhanger serials that inspired RAIERS OF THE LOST ARK or wanted to own this movie on blu-ray for a long time, SKY PIRATES will be a must own on blu-ray.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Audio commentary with producer Michael Hirsch, cinematographer Garry Wapshott, script supervisor Jenni Tosi, and stills photographer David Parker moderated by Mark Hartley

Deleted and extended scenes
NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD interviews with writer/ producer John D. Lamond and cinematographer Garry Wapshott

VFX test reel with commentary by VFX supervisor Dennis Nicholson
Filmbuff's Forecast tribute to John D. Lamond
INDIANA CLONES trailer reel which is 45 minutes of trailers
Original theatrical trailer
Extensive stills and poster gallery

FIANL ANALYSIS: SKY PIRATES wants to be like Indiana Jones, but the budget and writing full of plot holes just does it in. The extras are good and Umbrella has put together a good package for this movie with a different image on the slip from the jacket art. If you love this movie or just want a so good it is bad Indiana Jones rip off off, SKY PIRATES is for you.

This blu-ray review is 10-30-2023 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com