Class of 1999 (1989)

UK Lion's Gate Blu-ray 2019 edition


Text written 2020-12-15


Entertaining B-Trash Action Sci-Fi about a future school in a No-Go zone where the teachers has to be Cyborg Robots
to be able to manage the criminal Gang member students. Doctor Forrest and his crew from the corporation Megatech
are specialized in Automation and Robotics and they have been asked by the Authorities to help out so the schools in
the crime infested Free-Fire Zones can be re-opened. How they will do it is by developing Military battle robots into -

Super Teachers - human looking androids with special "dicipline powers" to deal with violent teenagers.

Malcolm McDowell plays the principal Miles Langford and everything looks fine at first when Dr. Forrest (Stacy Keach)
from Megatech presents the three "Super teachers" - The History teacher Mr. Hardin (the great John P. Ryan), the Gym
teacher Mr. Bryles (Patrick Kilpatrick and the Chemistry teacher Ms. Connors (Pam Grier ..... aaaah, love her).
Everything is monitored by Dr. Forrest and his Megatech staff, and things start off nicely with Ms. Connors punishing
a piece of shit criminal student, but soon things start to go bad and principal Langford start to look worried.

After all, these androids are developed from military battle robots, so what to expect ? The Gym teacher flips out and kills
a student in a rage, and Mr. Hardin does the same. The Principal have had enough and wants to stop the experiment, but
Dr. Forrest from Megatech wants the huge profit from providing every school in America with "Super teachers".
But soon everything escalates into a regular war between the Android Trio and the students. Who will win ?

This Sci-Fi Action is an entertaining and Trashy low-budget wonder and the sequel to Mark Lester's "Class of 1984"
with elements of "Terminator" and ""Robocop". B Action Trash at it's best. Shot in Seattle. Great Fun.
But as i'm a sick puppy i must confess that, as the teenagers were so annoying i cheered for John P. Ryan and Pam Grier

The film is in widescreen 1.85:1 ratio, with an english audio DTS-HD MA 2.0 and with english subtitles, region B.
Extras:

An audio commentary with director, writer and producer Mark Lester, School Safety: Interview with Mark Lester and
co-producer Eugene Mazzola (22 minutes), New Rules: Interview with screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner (19 minutes),
Cyber Techers from Hell: Interview with special effects creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton (19 minutes),
Future of Discipline: Interview with Cinematographer Mark Irwin (18 minutes) the David Cronenberg cameraman
Theatrical trailer, TV spots, Video Promo 7 minutes (that show everything that happens in this film)

 

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