'In The Aftermath: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Tony Markes, Rainbow Dolan, Kenneth McCabe, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1988) 2019 / Arrow Films UK)
Overview: Following in the footsteps of Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman protégé Carl Colpaert (The Crew) made his directorial debut by combining repurposed excerpts from a foreign film in this case, Mamoru Oshii's (Ghost In The Shell) spellbinding 1985 anime Angel's Egg with new live-action footage shot in America.
The result is 'In The Aftermath', a haunting post-apocalyptic vision like no other.
In a radiation-soaked wasteland, two surviving soldiers, Frank and Goose, search for essential supplies amid the rubble. After a violent confrontation, Frank is haunted by visions of an angelic young girl holding a giant egg, herself a refugee from another world altogether.
Could the egg be the key to saving both their worlds?
Blu-ray Verdict: Most who are interested in this film have come this way due to curiosity due to it containing images from Oshii's surreal masterpiece 'Tenshi no Tamago.'
Which is just fine for whatever explored avenue brings you to this gem take it and don't look back!
In truth, and not knowing much about this film before it arrived here for review, the anime sections actually caught me off guard as I had gone to get a coffee and sandwich and thought the film had ended … and was surprised to find it hadn't!
The music also caught my attention a lot of the times, especially one beautiful, poignant classical piece played on the piano by one of the main characters (which I have since discovered was not written for the movie as I had first thought).
And ok, yes, it's low budget and creaky, but even so 'In The Aftermath' is still one of the most effective films I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
The whole premise of the story by Carl Colpaert being wrapped around 'Angel's Egg' works tremendously (now that I've since done my homework and have revisited the Blu-ray for a second, much closer viewing).
For me, at it's core it is a story about the hope and redemption of the human race, that a benevolent race of alien beings (my opinion of the story there) who have placed themselves as saviors of doomed races, takes pity on us after seeing the love that we humans give one another.
Beautiful, effective and severely underrated I would highly recommend you purchase this brand new Blu-ray from Arrow Films (UK) / MVD Visual (USA) and bring some friends round for an evening's viewing that will fast become water cooler chat tomorrow! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs via a brand new Blu-ray (1080p) HD presentation and comes with the Special Features of:
Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed stereo PCM audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
The Path To Aftermath, a newly filmed interview with producer Tom Dugan
Apocalypse Then, a newly filmed interview with star Tony Markes
Before The Aftermath: The Influence of Angel's Egg, a new appreciation of Mamoru Oshii's original film by anime expert Andrew Osmond (author of Arrow Books Ghost In The Shell)
Still and Poster Gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
+ FIRST PRESSING ONLY: booklet featuring essay on the film by Jon Towlson
Official Blu-ray Release Movie Trailer