Megaforce: Special Edition Blog
Posted on July 16, 2007
“Despite official denials by leaders of the free world, sources now confirm the existence of Megaforce…a phantom army of super elite fighting men whose weapons are the most powerful science can devise.
Their mission…to preserve freedom and justice, battling the forces of tyranny and evil in every corner of the globe.”
Would you believe I just typed that out from memory? I know…geek. You can say it. I’ll let you…THIS time. The truth is that I am a bit of a Sci-Fi, Horror & 80’s movie geek. Always have been (except when it was the 70’s) and always will be.
Deeds Not Words
Megaforce was released 6 days after my 12th birthday back in 1982. I never had the opportunity to see it in a theatre, thus I missed out on seeing it in Widescreen. Well, I couldn’t convince my folks to take me to where it was showing. Let’s be honest. Anyway, my parents bought our first VCR a year later as the family Christmas gift. The first film I watched? You guessed it; Megaforce. It became the film de jour for my friends from Karate and I with each of us taking on the name of one of the characters. Since it was my “discovery”, I chose first and I (naturally) chose Ace Hunter. My grandmother even had the name “Ace” etched on a glass for me and I still have it to this day.
And Atari? Remember that old system? I own the Megaforce game Fox released based rather loosely on the film. And the 707 album that contained their track that played over the end credits? I have the remastered CD. I also have the US film poster, 2 German film posters and the press packet. Yes, never let it be said Ebay doesn’t have its uses.
It’s All On The Wheel…It All Comes Around
Aside from renting the film so many times that I practically paid for its purchase–remember, VHS tapes were once quite pricey–I didn’t pick up my first copy until I was in college. You know, that whole budget thing. I’d hoped for a short time that there would be a US Laser Disc version, but it wasn’t meant to be. I settled a year ago for a bootleg DVD that appeared to come from a VHS tape. At least I didn’t have to worry about my tape breaking anymore, right? Along with “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai”, “Battle Beyond The Stars”, “Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone” (all three of which have now been released on DVD), I was still longing for official releases of “Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn” and the almighty “Megaforce”. Call he “happy” or even “ecstatic” when I found a listing on a website that deals strictly with import discs for a German copy of… Oh, please. Like I need to say the name.
The Good Guys Always Win…Even In The 80’s
Despite the box listing a Full Screen transfer, this version is in Widescreen and I don’t care what anybody says…Widescreen is the ONLY way to watch a movie. Despite some grain, a lack of remastering, flat sounding 2.0 Dolby Digital audio and no extras, I felt like I was 12 years old all over again. The movie is tongue in cheek, fairly absurd, laughably written, features outdated special effects and yet still captures all that was fun about making a movie of this kind. I’m not the only one who thinks that, either. There are a ton of fans out there, some of them even on MySpace.
Let’s Push It…I’ve Got A Date In London
So I never managed to convince mom to buy me the Megaforce t-shirt I saw back when Montgomery Wards was still open. So I never sent in the little order form on the back of a comic book I had and joined the Megaforce Fan Club (it still irks the shit out of me that I never sent that form in). So there was never an official Soundtrack released despite the posters saying otherwise (the film didn’t gross enough to warrant the release of a soundtrack, so it remains a much sought after piece to add to one’s collection). So I’d still like a crack at writing the novelization or at least a sequel. So?
Some people like Transformers.
I like Megaforce.
Sci-Fi geek at your service.
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
2 Responses to “Classic Blog Post: Megaforce: Special Edition Blog Post”
December 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm
Kris, I enjoyed reading your post, having been lucky(?) enough to see Megaforce twice during it’s initial theatrical run. I was 10, and obsessed over that film. Loved the music, enough so that I took a cassette recorder and taped the audio coming out of our TV speaker from about four scenes from the movie. Bought the 707 album. Requested the lead track from my local rock radio station to play, which they did a couple of times. I bought the VHS tape from eBay, but only viewed it once. Between the poor quality and the horrible cropping I haven’t thought to put it in again. Still waiting for a proper DVD release. Blu-ray? Only in my dreams. Ordered the soundtrack from eBay tonight after watching choice moments from an uploaded Youtube copy. I still think that’s an amazingly underappreciated score. Anyway, thanks again for the post. It’s nice to read something from someone who “gets it” when it comes to Megaforce.
December 12, 2011 at 12:03 am
There’s actually an update to this blog I never added here that you might find kinda fun. Barry Bostwick attended DragonCon two years ago as a guest and I had a chance to chat with him and have him sign a few Megaforce related items. During one of our conversations, I mentioned that I’d submitted my 4th book to my publisher and one of the characters in the story mentions Megaforce a couple of times throughout the story.
Barry ended up reading a pre-published copy and liked it enough to give me a blurb for the back cover for it.
btw, there was a German DVD of Megaforce release several years back that I have a copy of. There are actually a couple seconds of footage in it not shown in the US version!
And I’m totally envious you got to see the film in a theater twice. Where did you see it? They played it here in the Detroit area, but I just never got the chance to attend.