Sunday, January 23, 2011

Arena (1989)

ARENA wages a battle beyond the stars, where warriors from across the galaxy compete in hand-to-hand combat in an intergalactic coliseum! Now, a human fighter must enter the competition in order to overthrow the corrupted system and earn the prize money he needs to return home to Earth. Paul Satterfield stars as Steve Armstrong in this ambitious and highly entertaining Sci-Fi adventure from Empire Pictures. ARENA features an array of incredible creatures and impressive set designs that are every bit as imaginative as the ones found in the STAR WARS series, with a surprisingly grand scale considering the size of the production. Like Rocky before him, Steve must train hard and earn the audience's respect in this underdog tale if he hopes to become the first human champion to win the event in over 50 years. The budgetary constraints result in a great deal of filler in between fights, but the excitement in the ring is worth the wait. B-movie fans that are looking for plenty of alien action and Space Age fun, the ARENA awaits you!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.

If you liked ARENA, check out:
TERRORVISION, MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME, OBLIVION.

17 comments:

  1. I loved this film when I was a kid, and recently found it was available on Netflix instant, so I of course added it with the quickness. Glad to hear it was a fun time, and I cannot wait to rewatch it after who knows how long!

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  2. I hope you have TERRORVISION on the list too Matt, I dont know where Netflix is licensing them from but I hope the keep bringing back all of our childhood favorites!

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  3. Psshh, as if I left Mondo Bizarro and immediately went on to Netflix to add a movie that I had never heard of before! Oh wait.. Good call dudeski, this was a blast!

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  4. Always found this one to be pretty mediocre....

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  5. ah, saw this flick ages ago and totally loved it. Time for a rewatch!
    btw: it's available on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4EynWT7nFk

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  6. I think it accomplished as much as it could within its limits, so I had a blast with it Andrew!

    MM, good find, even with the availability online, I still wish a widescreen release could find its way on DVD!

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  7. Actually, if you want to thank anyone, thank my friend John. He was hanging out with Garrett (fellow member) and I when we were browsing my Instant Queue on XBox. He said 'Let's watch that,' seemingly at random.

    Go figure.

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  8. That is super random, since you would never be able to gauge the awesome from the bland cover on Netflix. Tell John good call, good call.

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  9. The only part of this I remember is that thick cable holding the lead actor in the air when the monster picks him up over his/its head.

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  10. That very much VISIBLE thick cable, I mean.

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  11. I actually had to turn several blind eyes to the very apparent cables in ALLIGATOR last night too lol..

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  12. You'll have to point them out to me, Carl. I've seen that film over a dozen times and never noticed any cables, lol.

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  13. When the owner of the company jumps in the car and slams the door behind him, there appears to be a cable connected to the door that closes it. Moments earlier or directly after, there is a pretty noticeable cable that is swinging the tail, and one of the party guests is also yanked back with another cable as well. I was watching on the laptop so I was pretty close, which may be why they were more apparent?

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  14. Now that you mention it, I think I do recall 1 cable during the dinner scene at the end made more visible after the films remastering.

    Still, that shot in ARENA is pretty blatant with no attempt to hide it and it was a very thick cable that I remember. I was 14 or 15 when I saw it and I remember laughing pretty hard at it. The monster masks were cool, though.

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  15. Yeah the Lions Gate restoration definitely made it more visible, but theres no denying the cable work in ARENA. I actually miss visible wires, the nostalgic indicator of the 80s!

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  16. The winner for most blatant cable work- 'Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.'

    We see constant cables for about the first two to three minutes of the monster's initial appearance!

    Most hilarious cable work- 'Dracula: Prisoner of Frankenstein.'

    Not only is the bat on a string (and you can see it), but you can actually see the pole HOLDING the string that that bat is on. Ouch.

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