New Release: Damnation Alley Blu-ray and DVD

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Hop onto the Landmaster for post-apocalyptic adventure in Damnation Alley.

Shout! Factory released the 1977 futuristic science-fiction adventure movie Damnation Alley on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time on July 12, 2011.

A guilty pleasure in its day, the film has since become a cult favorite. It’s set in the future two years after the Earth has been titled off its axis by the devastation caused by World War III. On a post-apocalyptic landscape saturated by radiation, two Air Force officers (1970s mainstay Jan-Michael Vincent and George Peppard of TV’s The A-Team) and a pair of other survivors (Watchmen‘s Jackie Earle Haley and Euro-starlet Dominique Sanda) set out across the barren planet in a really cool “Landmaster” vehicle, which functions as a tank, a bus and a mobile home.

Directed by Jack Smight (Airport 1975) and filled with such end-of-the-world delights as giant scorpions and mutated cockroaches (all of which are depicted with some deliciously cheesy visual effects), Damnation Alley is a real hoot — or at least it was for me when I saw it in the theaters as a young teen.

To our knowledge, the last time Damnation Alley was issued to the home market on these shores was back in 1985 when it was released on VHS.

The Bu-ray and DVD carry a list price of $26.97 and $19.93, respectively.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.