The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive!
Directed By: Mark L. Lester
Written By: Mark L. Lester & C. Courtney Joyner
Starring: Bradley Gregg (Cody Culp), Traci Lind (Christie Langford), Malcolm McDowell (Dr. Miles Langford), Stacy Keach (Dr. Bob Forrest), Patrick Kilpatrick (Mr. Bryles), Pam Grier (Ms. Connors), John P. Ryan (Mr. Hardin), Joshua John Miller (Angel), and more.
Genre: Action, Horror, & Sci-Fi
Runtime: 99 Minutes
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English SDH & Spanish
Audio Commentary with Producer-Director Mark L. Lester
School Safety with Produce-Director Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer Eugene Mazzola
New Rules with Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
Cyber-Teachers from Hell with Special Effects creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton
Future of Discipline with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
I give the Class of 1999 Blu-ray a B+.
I really enjoyed this blu-ray. As this film was originally released in 1990, it reminded me of the films I watched when I was a kid. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic time. Now in 2018, it’s funny to see what they thought the year 1999 would be like.
There are many things I loved about this film. I liked how they tried to make the vehicles look futuristic by adding fender covers and changing the front end of the vehicles. Even with those modifications they still were vehicles from the late 80s or early 90s. I like the terminator type vibe at the end. You don’t see special effects like that anymore and I love the complex yet simple designed they used. The scene where Malcolm McDowell’s character, Dr. Miles Langford is killed by a robotic teacher. If you look closely, you could see the wire they used to raise him off the ground.
It was definitely a blast from the past and a fun Blu-ray to watch.
Catch Class of 1999 out on Blu-ray January 30, 2018!