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Paul0889
08-24-2004, 11:22 PM
Some people will kill for a bargain... and at the Park Plaza Mall they do. Here you can shop till you drop...dead.

High tech robots equipped with state of the art security devises have been recruited as the new mechanical "night watchmen" for the Park Plaza Mall. When a jolting bolt of lightening short circuits the main computer control, the robots turn into killbots... on the loose after unsuspecting shoppers. Four couples are trying to make it after hours in a furniture store. They make it all right... in the morgue.

IMAGE: Lions Gate presents chopping mall in an open matte transfer and it looks pretty disappointing. from beginning to end you'll notice a number of speckles and grain throughout. colors are seriously washed out and have no depth. now comes the real problem. some sites say the print on the dvd was taken from the lightening video and is even evident at the end when their old logo is shown along with instructions on how to write to them. a couple of places throughout, the film is a little jumpy and looks like a vhs source at times. itís a shame LG didn't remaster this title with a little more care or at least try to find a widescreen print.

AUDIO: chopping mall is presented in 2.0 dolby stereo. it sounds pretty good throughout with no hisses or popping noises. it is a little low on the other hand but all in all it's good.

EXTRAS: First up we have an audio commentary from director/co writer Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell. this is a pretty good commentary here from beginning to end. they cover a lot of material and give a few interesting facts here and there. a very cool track overall.

next we get a "Building the Killbots" featurette which basically covers info about the creation of the robots and the production. at times it's a little boring but it's interesting to watch.

next there is a photo gallery which shows stills from the film and a really awesome killbots poster.

last we get a pretty cool theatrical trailer.

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Grim
08-24-2004, 11:26 PM
The way I see it about the transfer, is that this is the best it has ever looked, so I'm happy. And it looks better than your average Troma movie, so it ain't THAT bad. Nice review.

Tawny
08-25-2004, 03:35 AM
I was disappointed in this transfer too. :(
It barely looked better than my vhs transferred copy. It would have been nice if they would have remastered it somehow. And nice job to whoever left the Lightning Video logo stuff at the end of the movie. Good one.

Nemesis
08-25-2004, 04:58 AM
Tawny: is it the same aspect ratio as the VHS transferred copy of yours?

Tawny
08-25-2004, 05:15 AM
Tawny: is it the same aspect ratio as the VHS transferred copy of yours?

As far as I could tell.

Paul0889
08-25-2004, 06:20 AM
it is open matte. sometimes in the commentary the director some times points out goofs on the screen showing