It was released in cinemas in 1989, was also released on VHS a little later and found its way into pay TV after the turn of the millennium – but there is no contemporary home cinema release of “Time Guardian – Guardians of the Future”. Yes, even abroad it will be difficult to find a publication of acceptable quality – certainly not in German. But now all sci-fi niche film enthusiasts and Carrie Fisher fans finally get the opportunity to catch up on the forgotten interdimensional adventure.
Then Time Guardian will be released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever on November 10, 2022. Plaion Pictures donates the offbeat cult to two noble editions in the media book, which contain the film on both media as well as a booklet and differ only in the visual presentation:
» “Time Guardian” at Amazon: Mediabook A* / Mediabook B*
So if you’ve had the largely unknown film on your watch list for a while, you can finally catch up on what you’ve missed and now only have to decide between the two futuristic action-promising motifs: muscle man with a laser cannon or rather a gigantic robot?
The idea for Future Guardians came to director Brian Hannant in the early 1980s while he was working on Mad Max II: The Enforcer. Not only did he co-write the screenplay for the critically acclaimed Mel Gibson sequel to the dystopian post-apocalyptic cult classic, he also served as second unit director for director George Miller, directing some of the footage featured in the film. And while filming those very scenes in the Australian rock and mountain landscape of Wilpena Pound, he finally came up with the idea for a very special screenplay.
Together with author John Baxter, he developed an idea that was then called “Time Riders”, but a few years later it was released in Australian and American cinemas under the title “The Time Guardian” – with moderate success. With a production cost of over five million dollars, the film only grossed a meager $548,000. Accordingly, he then mercilessly disappeared into oblivion – from which he is now returning more than three decades later. Catching up is worthwhile not only for fans of Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher, who is a futuristic historian here, but above all for all those who have a soft spot for original, entertaining and fun space adventures with a penchant for B movies .
Here’s what Time Machine: Future Guardians is about: Ballard (Tom Burlinson) and Petra (Carrie Fisher) are sent from the 41st century back to the year 1988 in order to avert the impending downfall of mankind early on. In the year 4039, the globe is a wasteland destroyed by cyborg mutants. And the apocalypse can only be averted if humanity is diverted onto a different path soon enough…
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