Iron Sky: Director’s Cut (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
March 9, 2014 by Dennis Amith
Exciting, crazy and what will probably be destined to become a sci-fi cult film, “Iron Sky: Director’s Cut” is a much better film than the original cut thanks to the extra 20-minutes of new and extended scenes plus better special effects.
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TITLE: Iron Sky: Director’s Cut
FILM RELEASE: 2012
DURATION: 110 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, German/English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Subtitles: English
COMPANY: eOne Entertainment
RATED: Not Rated
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Directed by Tim Vuorensola
Original Story by Johanna Sinisalo
Original Concept by Jarmo Puskala
Screenplay by Michael Kalesniko
Written by Timo Vuorensola
Produced by Oliver Damian, Tero Kaukomaa, Samuli Torssonen
Executive Producer: Michael Cowan, San Fu Maltha, Sean O’Kelly, Jason Piette
Associate Producer: John Buckman, Yuki Iwamoto
Music by Laibach
Cinematography by Mika Orasmaa
Edited by Suresh Ayyar
Casting by Uwe Bunker, Ben Parkinson
Production Design by Jussi Lehtiniemi, Astrid Poeschke
Costume Design by Jake Collier
Julia Dietze as Renate Richter
Christopher Kirby as James Washington
Gotz Otto as Klaus Adler
Udo Kier as Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
Peta Sergeant as Vivian Wagner
Stephanie Paul as the President of the United States
Tilo Pruckner as Doktor Richter
20 minutes longer*loaded with new visual effects*new music from Laibach and*of course*tons of new*politically incorrect humor*the DIRECTOR’S CUT of Iron Sky is an all-new take on the film*following the original vision of director Timo Vuorensola.
From the creators of “Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning” comes the comedy/sci-fi action film “Iron Sky”.
A Finnish-German-Australian collaboration, directed by Timo Vuorensola, “Iron Sky” was a film that attracted fans due to its over-the-top storyline.
And with a sequel announced and will go into production in 2015, for director Timo Vuorensola, due to time constraints of releasing the original film and preparing in 48 hours for the Berlinale Festival, his true vision for the film was not the final cut and numerous scenes were omitted.
With the new Blu-ray steelbook release of “Iron Sky: Director’s Cut”, 20-more additional minutes that goes into character development, more battle scenes and special effects shots.
The film would star Julie Dietze (“Love in Thoughts”, “1 1/2 Ritter”), Christopher Kirby (“The Matrix” films, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”), Gotz Otto (“Downfall”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “Cloud Atlas”), Udo Kier (“Blade”, “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, “Shadows of the Vampire”, “Melancholia”), Peta Sargeant (“Patrick”, “Satisfaction”) and Stephanie Paul (“Film School confidential”, “Separation City”).
“Iron Sky: Director’s Cut” begins with two astronauts, African-American model James Washington and the real astronaut Sanders arrive on the moon. As Washington is sent as part of the President of the United States’ re-election, as Sanders walks around the moon and James Washington trying to learn how to walk without falling, Sanders sees a base on the far side of the moon.
Immediately, a group of Nazi soldiers show up and shoot Sanders point blank, killing him. Meanwhile, James Washington falls and is taken captive.
When Klaus Adler goes to show the captive to Mondfuhrer Wolfgang Kortzfleisch (portrayed by Udo Kier), they are all taken aback when they see that captured astronaut, James Washington is black (note: Because everyone in the base are blonde, blue-eyed, they have never seen a Black man before), they are taken aback by the man his behavior.
Adler is sent to be conditioned by Nazi scientist Doktor Richter and become a Nazi and Adler has Earthologist Renate Richter (portrayed by Julia Dietze) to oversee the captive.
Renate who teaches the young children on how to become part of a perfect Aryan race who follows Hitler and being prepared for when they go back to Earth, when she goes to see James Washington, she is shocked to see that his color is Black and is unaware that such a person exist.
Meanwhile, as James Washington undergoes conditioning and also an injection to make his skin white and have blonde hair, Doktor Richter is amazed of the computing power of James Washington’s smartphone.
Surprised by the advance in technology that the American astronaut is carrying and because James Washington said he knows the President of the United States, the Nazi’s come up with a plan to get more power by going back to Earth and taking the cell phones and bringing it back to the Nazi base on the moon and also kidnapping the President in order for the Nazi’s to conquer the world.
So as Adler, James Washington (not knowing he has been changed to a Caucasian man) and the stowaway Renate Richter (who has wanted to go to Earth) arrive on the planet. But while James manages to ditch the two, Klaus Adler and Renate Richter end up helping Vivian Wagner, the cut-throat assistant to the President of the United States to come up with ideas to better her campaign, using Nazi propaganda.
But months after the Nazi propaganda begins to work for the President of the United States, what happens when Renate runs into a homeless James Washington?
“Iron Sky: Director’s Cut” is presented in 1080p High Definition and in 2:35:1 aspect ratio. I have to admit that I was pretty surprised by how awesome the visual effects were for this film. From the Nazi moon base to the space vehicles, the CG looked amazing and the sets were also well-done.
For the most part, closeups on the talent show a lot of detail and overall picture quality is sharp and I saw no artifacts or banding issues.
But I have to say how I was impressed by the mechanical design of the various aircraft featured in the film. Typically we see a lot of the CG design from North America, especially in the US and also in Asia. But it’s great to see European design for science fiction come to play in “Iron Sky” and the results are fantastic. The war sci-fi war scene and the visual effects were well done!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Iron Sky: Director’s Cut” is presented in German/English 5.1 DTS-HD MA and English 2.0 Stereo. As one can expect from a film with sci-fi space action, there is a good amount of surround sound usage throughout the film. Dialogue and music is crystal clear, while surround channels do a great job showcasing space vehicles zipping by and blasts feature a good use of LFE. While not a perfectly immersive soundtrack, it’s still a very good lossless soundtrack!
Subtitles are in English.
“Iron Sky: Director’s Cut” comes with the following special features:
- Making Of Featurette– (1:18:28) An in-depth making of featurette for “Iron Sky”.
- Photo Gallery – (1:23) Stills from “Iron Sky”.
- Theatrical Trailer – (1:53) Theatrical trailer for “Iron Sky”.
- Teasers – (5:38) A total of three teasers for “Iron Sky”.
“Iron Sky: Director’s Cut” comes with a steelbook tin-case which comes with both the Blu-ray and DVD version of the film. Plus a 30-page booklet of concept art is included.
Once in awhile, you come across a sci-fi film that is so crazy and over-the-top.
From “Spaceballs” to “Galaxy Quest” which are able to heighten the sci-fi fanboy or fangirl love for a film, “Iron Sky” is a rather different kind of film.
For one, it’s a Finnish-German-Australian collaboration and second, the film is not about tickling the fancy of the sci-fi fan but to take the racial quips that we usually see in a Hollywood film and try to create something absurd with Nazi’s in space and the group coming back to attack Earth.
Of course, there some aspects of the film that work and don’t work and for the ones that don’t work, it’s merely of one not thinking about the technical aspects of the film.
For example, the Nazi’s marvel over James Washington’s smartphone and while they demonstrate archaic computer technology in Doktor Richter’s lab, yet we see amazing space vehicles from the Nazi’s attacking the planet Earth.
But assuming you can get past that, the negatives that were in the final cut of the film seems to have been fixed with this release of the director’s cut of “Iron Sky”.
The extended scenes really go into detail of the various characters and their mindset and it makes for a better film because I felt the original felt there were quite a bit of plot holes. So, one thing that fans of the film will definitely enjoy about Tim Vuorensola’s directorial cut is the fact that he fixed a lot of those problematic scenes.
Pacing is much better, the battle scenes are much cooler and for the most part, the storyline is much easier to follow, so there is a major improvement compared to the final cut.
The comedy and amount of one-liners from James Washington are hilarious, the added and also the extended scenes with James, Renate Richter and Klaus Adler added more dimension to film as we get to learn more about these characters.
For example, one scene features the three arriving to New York City and Adler sends his soldier to get a ride for them. That is new to the director’s cut. Another added and lengthier scene involves the current leader Kortzfleish devising a plan to invade Earth.
There are also additional special effects that are much more vibrant and you also get an additional scene right after the ending credits.
And these scenes look wonderful on Blu-ray. Picture quality is still wonderful but with these added special effects, the destruction on Earth is much more visual. Lossless audio retains its nearly immersive soundtrack, while special features are quite different from the director’s cut version and the original Blu-ray release.
Gone from this “Iron Sky: Director’s Cut” Blu-ray release, due to the new duration of the film, is the audio commentary with producer Samuli Torssonen and director Timo Vuorensola. Meanwhile, the “Making of” featurette is now over 1 hour and 20 minutes, where the original Blu-ray release was only 17 minutes long.
Exciting, crazy and what will probably be destined to become a sci-fi cult film, “Iron Sky: Director’s Cut” is a much better film than the original cut thanks to the extra 20-minutes of new and extended scenes plus better special effects. Everything comes together this time around to make the film much more comprehensive with much better pacing.
If you loved the original film or a sci-fi fan wanting something fun and different from the usual sci-fi offering, will no doubt want to give “Iron Sky: Director’s Cut” a chance!
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