Blu-ray Movie Review – Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (1993)

Dollman vs. Demonic Toys
Directed by Charles Band
Courtesy of Full Moon Features
Original Year of Release: 1993
Blu-ray Release Date: May 5, 2015

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The fine folks at Full Moon have created a legacy that spans several decades, and they have given sci-fi and horror fans many memorable titles to enjoy. I have seen numerous films from Full Moon’s massive library, however I am far from seeing them all. As such, there are many cult favorites that I have yet to experience. DOLLMAN VS. DEMONIC TOYS is one of these titles. Combining three of the company’s franchises, this film is a crazy trek into pint-sized fun!

If you are not familiar with DOLLMAN VS. DEMONIC TOYS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Full Moon:

The classic Full Moon film, now in dazzling high-definition for the first time!
When undercover cop Judith Grey (Tracy Scoggins, reprising her original role) discovers the murderous Demonic Toys have returned to the Toyland warehouse, she has only one thought in mind: destroy the hideous playthings at all costs. But she needs help. So she turns to the only man on Earth who can measure up to these toychest terrors-Brick Bardo aka Dollman (Tim Thomerson). Joined by his girlfriend, the equally diminutive Ginger (reduced to 11 inches in Bad Channels), futurecop Bardo teams with Judith to battle the mutant toys. Now Bardo must fight to save his life and his love as Baby Oopsie develops a large “crush” on the luscious Ginger…

This film contains characters from the DOLLMAN franchise, the DEMONIC TOYS series, and a stand alone film titled BAD CHANNELS. I have to confess I have not seen any of the films in the three franchises other than this one. But it has definitely given me the desire to do so. I am going to try and track them all down to enjoy individually.

DOLLMAN VS. DEMONIC TOYS is shot well and looks amazing onscreen, but not just because of the HD transfer. The miniaturized sets and set-pieces are excellent. This was made back before CG was cheap, therefore the sets are all handmade. I am very impressed with how real they look, particularly those in the kitchen countertop scenes. You simply must see them to appreciate their realism.

The acting is perfect for this kind of film. I’ve mentioned before in my TRANCERS review that I always enjoy Tim Thomerson, and this time is no different. Joining him are Tracy Scoggins and Melissa Behr, who also do a great job. My favorite actor in this film, however, is the guy who does the voice for the evil Baby Oopsie, Frank Welker. His demonic dialogue is a perfect contrast to the semi-cute doll’s appearance, and his foul mouth made me laugh on more than one occasion.

This film won’t be for everyone, but DOLLMAN VS. DEMONIC TOYS is a major win for me, and I recommend it anyone who is already a fan of Full Moon or just curious about what they offer. In addition to the HD picture and great sound, the Blu-ray comes with additional features like:

-Audio commentary with star Tim Thomerson and director Charles Band
-Original VideoZone featurette
-Uncut behind-the-scenes footage from the Full Moon vault
-Classic Full Moon HD Trailers

You can purchase the Blu-ray at a variety of outlets, including Full Moon Direct.

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