As I write this, it is 2008. I have just realized something quite shocking and depressing.
MEGAFORCE is not on DVD!
Yes, MEGAFORCE, Hal Needham's 1982 film starring Barry Bostwick about a sort of futuristic army that goes out to save the world.
The film was essentially a big toy commercial. Although, I don't know if tie-in toys were released (and I don't remember if G.I. Joe had yet to be relaunched). As a ten year old when it came out, I saw nothing wrong with it being a toy commercial. Motorcycles with gun mounts? Lasers on vans? How cool was that?
I remember seeing it in a drive-in with my parents. I can't remember what it was playing with. And, at the time, I loved it.
Here is a clip of some of the best moments posted on Youtube.
My favorite moment from that montage, Bostwick's line "Remember, the good guys always win. Even in the 80's." I quoted that too much on the playground back then.
Only in later years, actually when I saw it again on video in the mid 80's, did I realize, well, it was a pretty bad movie. It seems to be made for 10 year olds. So, any one older than that will probably hate it.
Needham was of course best known for his Burt Reynold's films in the 70's and 80's. From SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, HOOPER (a personal favorite), and CANNONBALL RUN, he wasn't a favorite with critics, but the films were popular with audiences.
With MEGAFORCE, he didn't have Reynolds around (although he might have had fun with the Bostwick role). And other than Bostwick, Michael Beck (THE WARRIORS) and Edward Mulhare (KNIGHT RIDER) he had a pretty much (still) unknown cast to work with.
Still, for nostalgia reasons, the film deserves a DVD release. To think an entire generation has been deprived of seeing Bostwick, the bandanna wearing hero, ride his motorcycle around?
That is very sad.
Here is a Youtube clip of the Atari tie-in video game.
C'mon Fox, release this on DVD!
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