Oh, I just wanted to say good-bye and remind you that the good guys always win, even in the eighties…


By Shawn Robare

So, um, HOLY CRAP! While I’ve been working away on the upcoming Halloween fun for the site I totally missed the fact that the truly awesomely horrible movie, Megaforce, was finally released on DVD this past month. I missed this flick when it was originally released, which is a shame since for all intents and purposes Megaforce is the perfect 80s era live-action G.I. Joe movie, something I would have flipped my lid over if I’d managed to catch it on HBO or the Saturday afternoon movies on the UHF station…

I recently caught up with the movie via youtube, but ever since I’ve been doing double the amount of “it’s not on DVD” lamenting that a lot of 80s nerds have been doing for years. Well now the wait is over and we can finally catch what I assume is a better quality copy than the chopped up grainy version on youtube.

For those not familiar, Megaforce was originally released in 1982 and directed by the great Hal Needham (he of Rad, Smokey and the Bandit, and Cannonball Run fame.) The flick stars an impossibly confident and effeminate Barry Bostwick (with a penchant for wearing shiny skin-tight suits) as a character named Ace Hunter, the enigmatic leader of Megaforce an internal paramilitary unit consisting of the best of the best of the world’s military. Very G.I. Joe. They work in secret from a hidden fortress in the desert, developing state of the art weapons, vehicles and technology that enables them to combat ruthless terrorist organizations bent on ruling the world. Seriously, very, very G.I. Joe.

I need to do a proper review of this flick at some point, but lets just say that I had the same reaction after watching it as I did when I heard it was finally out on DVD. Both of which can be summed up by the below picture…

Did I mention that this flick has flying battle motorcycles?

If you grew up on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and you haven’t seen Megaforce, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It’s not the best movie ever, it’s just the best G.I. Joe movie made to date. And it has flying motorcyles. And Barry Bostwick does a lot of over the top heroic posturing, both figuratively and literally…

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Dex – Yeah, I’m so surprised it took me this long to catch up to it considering my love of 80s action cartoons (which this basically is.) I’m guessing it’s because the VHS was most likely kept int he Action section of the video stores back in the day when my head was buried deeply in the Horror, Sci-Fi, and Cartoon sections… ;)

  • http://aeiouwhy.blogspot.com/ Dex (@Dex1138)

    I just saw this for the first time this year. And I totally agree with your review. I think I called it what would happen if Michael Bay’s film school project was to do a live action GI Joe: RAH movie.

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    J.D. – Thanks for pointing out the sound issues with the DVD. I hadn’t read the reviews yet. Hopefully Hen’s Tooth Video will be correcting this and issuing replacement DVDs…

  • http://rheaven.blogspot.com/ J.D.

    Wow. Amazing that this is finally on DVD and that it took so long! I noticed reviews Amazon complain that this edition features messed up audio – it’s pitched too high. Apparently, the company that issued it is looking into the issue. Buyer beware.

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Brian – Yeah, I legitimately enjoyed the movie, but I also legitimately enjoy most 80s cartoons no matter how bad they are, so yeah. Might be best to just have fond memories, though it couldn’t hurt re-watching with the sound off to see all the cool vehicles…

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Paxton – I think this could make for a pretty epic episode of the NL podcast. It could easily devolve into an MST3K commentary, but that’s not a bad thing…

  • http://www.cavalcadeofawesome.net/ Paxton Holley

    I’ve heard of this movie, but never watched it. It sounds awesome. I saw it hit DVD, so I was shocked it’s not on Netflix. I need to see it. Maybe I can convince the guys to do a drilldown on this movie.

  • http://www.coolandcollected.com/ Brian (Cool and Collected)

    I loved this movie as a kid, which makes me real hesitant to watch it now. ;)