Demolition Man

6.71 h 54 min1993X-RayR
The toughest cop and the most vicious criminal in 1990s Los Angeles are both cryogenically frozen, only to be defrosted and resume their war in 2032.
Marco Brambilla
Sylvester StalloneWesley SnipesSandra Bullock
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Nigel HawthorneBenjamin BrattBob GuntonGlenn ShadixDenis Leary
Joel SilverHoward KazanjianMichael I. Levy
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jsngglttReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderfully Terrible
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In the mood for a perfectly cheesy B rated sci-fi movie? Then this one is for you.

Bad puns, formulaic plot, very macho dialogue and pretty people running around acting mildly retarded for your viewing pleasure.

Take all of that, throw it in the blender with a remarkably prescient socio/economic cautionary tale and you get Demolition Man.

Embarrassedly recommended, enjoy!
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JoeReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie and definitely ahead of it's time!
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I bought this movie at the same time I bought Judge Dredd because both plots is very similar. Although the movie "Equilibrium" is also similar to this movie, due to it's plot. Since both movies involve political extremism, censorship, strict laws, government trying to control it's citizens, as well as having one of it's officers trying to take down the leader of the rebellion. Which is how similar Demolition Man is to Equilibrium. Both movies are also relevant to today's political climate & what extremism does to Americans. So be sure to pick up Demolition Man.
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D. Fuller SmithReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
An Allegory Hidden in an Action Movie
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Demolition Man is an allegory on humanity's relationship with violence. Even the evolution to a violence-free society cannot erase the violence of our past. John Spartan was part of that past, frozen for his crimes and only thawed out to stop an anomaly of violence, Simon Phoenix, in the present day.

As Spartan becomes acclimated with the modern day, he sees that the violence is still in existence. The violence has just been pushed under the surface, into the sewers hidden under the ultra modern surface on top. Dr. Raymond Cocteau is the erstwhile leader of this utopia and he is aware that there is chaos under the surface. He blames Edgar Friendly as the leader of this blight on his perfect society. He thaws out Simon Phoenix to assassinate Friendly, thinking that he can control Phoenix once the job is finished. Dr. Cocteau did not understand the violence coursing through the veins of his society and his plan never had a chance to succeed as he foresaw.

Demolition Man is a four star movie for me because there are a few warts. The casting of the white man as the good guy and the black man as the bad guy is an indictment of how Hollywood used to view their main characters. If made today, there is every reason to believe that the races of the lead characters would be reversed and we are a better society for that. Also, the allegory that pushed the plot for the majority of the movie comes to a typical action movie ending at the end.
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Garrison Haines-TemonsReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Somebody Put Me Back in the Fridge...
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Imagine a future where everybody is smiling and nothing could go wrong. No foul language, no unhealthy foods, no sex, no music other than TV jingles, no contact sports, no drug use…wow…That’s a lot of no’s for a utopian society. John Spartan, Simon Phoenix, and Edgar Friendly don’t fit into this new future’s plans. So what do they do about it? Edgar Friendly leads an underground rebellion, Simon Phoenix causes violence wherever he goes, and John Spartan does pretty much the same as those two, but under the guise of police work. So much for Dr. Cocteau’s perfect society. Taking the fun completely out of life isn’t utopian at all. It’s dystopian. Already this movie is sounding like the libertarian’s bible, right? But let’s not forget that most left-wingers don’t have a problem with so-called “degenerate” behavior either. We like sex. We like marijuana. We like good food. We like heavy metal music and hip-hop. Everybody has their own interpretation of what Demolition Man means to them. I’ll speak for myself and say that this is generally a fun movie that takes place in a boring society. That’s it. That’s all it needs to be. We don’t need to have bloodbaths across the aisle over this fine piece of cinema. Let’s just sit down and watch it with a bucket of popcorn on our laps. And by the way, that popcorn is going to swim in butter and salt until it’s unrecognizable. Be well indeed.

But of all the major food groups this movie represents, none are more heavily pushed upon the audience than cheese. Good old fashioned cheesy goodness. Enough cheese to open a few Pizza Huts in this world of Taco Bells. I’m of course being metaphorical when I talk about how much cheese this movie has. You can hear it in the dialogue, whether it’s ordinary citizens, police officers, Cocteau’s obese assistant, or the socialites hanging out at Taco Bell. First and last names are used so bloody often. The elite vocabulary sounds awkward and clumsy and it’s enough to make the audience cringe. The TV jingles that are on the radio could drive someone insane if they hear it long enough, let alone in the short screen time they’re given. I get that this cheesy dialogue is supposed to be representative of a new future with a new brainwashed culture. Foul language is banned, so that’s a huge part of it. But after a while, it can grate on the audience’s ears. It’s so noticeable that it keeps the movie from being pitch perfect. But hey, when you’re watching a movie with Sylvester Stallone in the starring role, you can expect a little cheese every few seconds.

Which feels weird to say, because Sylvester Stallone plays John Spartan perfectly. He’s gritty, profane, ultra-violent, and loves to have fun even at the expense of a perfect and pretty future. Instead of using the three seashells once he’s done in the bathroom, he wipes his butt with the tickets he accumulates for swearing so much. He eats a rat burger when it’s the only meat available (and he loves it). He constantly has to correct Lelina Huxley after she butchers a 20th century idiom. You know who else likes to have fun at the expense of the future? Simon Phoenix, who’s played by Wesley Snipes. He can make even the most mundane insult sound intense with his delivery. He comes off like a psychopath loony toon not just in his constant laughter, but also in his movements, be it martial arts or otherwise. Couple these things with a terrorist mindset and you’ve got the most dangerous criminal in the movie. And then there’s Edgar Friendly, played by politically incorrect rapid-fire comedian Denis Leary. When he says he wants to eat salty, fatty, and buttery foods while smoking a cigar in the non-smoking section, you’ll believe he’s like that in real life. Denis Leary could start a revolution right now if he wanted to; that’s how convincing he was as Edgar Friendly. The only other character with halfway decent dialogue was Bob Gunton’s character, Captain Earle, who can be strict and aggressive without breaking the 21st century’s new laws. If he wasn’t a brainwashed pacifist, he could take on Simon Phoenix himself.

Yes, this movie was made in 1993, but it has aged like fine wine. Demolition Man sounds like it predicted the future in a lot of ways, but make no mistake, it was a satire turned up to eleven of things going on at the time. Whether you see it as a “libertarian manifesto” or not, the very least you can do is have fun while watching this movie. It’s action-packed, it’s witty, it’s dramatic, and an all-around good movie if you’re not too bothered by the cheesiness of the futuristic characters. You don’t even have to be drunk or stoned to watch this movie; it can be enjoyed at face value. But if you want to be drunk or stoned in the privacy of your own living room, I’m not going to try and stop you. I don’t want to turn your home into a Dr. Cocteau dystopia. Give this movie any grade you want and have no regrets. Me? I’ll give it a solid B.
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Dan J.Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent picture!
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The picture on this Bluray is widescreen (1920x800) and crystal clear and looks like it has been remastered, the video is not grainy or washed out. The audio is really great too, it has 6 audio channels, sample rate is 48kHz and the bit rate is 447kbps which is very high quality, very clear and much better than the stereo audio on the DVD. There are no documentaries, outtakes or bloopers on the Bluray. I've had the regular DVD for years and this a lot better! The quality is outstanding!

I've always liked the movies from the 80s & 90s, there's just something about them. This is a Sci-Fi comedy, and while parts of it are a little silly (most movies have them) it is still a great movie. I would not call this a cheap "B" movie because it is very well done and worth watching. I've liked this movie since I first saw it on cable back in the early 90s.

A lot of low budget movies are hard to watch because of the poor acting, terrible script and bad directing. This movie has none of that and it keeps my interest all through the movie. This is one of my all time favorite films!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Clowns the future in this sci-fi-action-comedy
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It’s 2032 and master criminal Wesley Snipes has escaped after being frozen for thirty years by the authorities. They unfreeze former police officer Sylvester Stallone to track down his old nemesis.

The future provides a lot of laughs as all the people talk and act so cheesy. Spicey food for example is outlawed. Snipes is perfect to play with them. I wasn’t sure Stallone would be so good but he handles the jokes well. He curses a lot on purpose one time after he finds out people get fined each time they do so and another time he knits a sweater for Sandra Bullock.

After the comedy there’s some social commentary as well as the 2032 society is just as unequal as the present with the elites manipulating the system and a poor underclass that is invisible to the general public because it literally lives underground.

Eventually there gets to be the big confrontation between Snipes and Stallone that provides the action.

Overall it’s a good combination. You could even see Demolition Man as a spoof or satire of sci-fi films because of how much it clowns the future.
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Kristina LReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Be Well!
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If you're buying this DVD you've likely seen this movie and just have to have yourself a copy. If you haven't seen it, it's totally worth it, and you may as well own the disc, because you'll want to see it again. I love the humor and ridiculousness in this film!
It's a take on "A Brave New World," and there are a lot of little references to that book in this movie.
The Joy Joy world of mini-tunes and blissful ignorance crack me up! Snipes and Stallone are less than stellar in their roles, but I think Sandra Bullock does a great job with her character. There are some groan-worthy moments that can easily be looked past if you appreciate the overall entertainment value this movie provides. I'd maybe give it a 5 if the acting was a bit better and they actually explained the 3 seashells. :o)
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Wes BurgessReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s a hilarious future science fiction action film with some great acting!
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Officer John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) has been thawed out of cryoprison into a perfect world. While he was sleeping, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego were merged to form an ordered society where everything unhealthy is illegal, including sex, “alcohol, caffeine, contact sports, meat, bad language, chocolate, gasoline, noneducational toys, and anything spicy.” Now that the world is completely safe and boring, can Spartan keep criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) from running amuck and messing everything up? Here are the active participants in our future:
____________________WHO’S WHO:
MARCO BRAMBILLA: it was the director’s first major motion picture.
SYLVESTER ENZIO STALLONE plays John Spartan, a falsely accused officer who has been released to eliminate another escaped prisoner. He doesn’t like the future and, we realize, we don’t either.
Stallone is a prolific actor whose magnetic presence commands your attention and, as an actor, he can really project strong emotions! A forceps delivery contributed to paralysis of his left face (CN #7?). He was expelled from many schools for violent behavior, and he married Brigitte Nielsen.
Stallone starred in Lords of Flatbush (1974), Rocky (1976), II (1979), III (1982), IV (1985), V (1990), Rocky Balboa (2006), Rambo (2008), II (1985), III (1988), Last Blood (2019), Creed (2015), Creed II (2018), Last Blood (2019), The Expendables (2010), 2 (2012), 3 (2014), 4 (?) — you get the idea.
One of his best lines is: “I thought I was history too, until this car suddenly turned into a cannoli.”
WESLEY TRENT SNIPES plays Simon Phoenix, a violent sociopath who has escaped cryogenic prison and is running amuck. Snipes’ presence is magnetic — the camera loves him. His acting is powerful and his emotions leap out of the screen into your heart. Wow. That’s acting. He has great range -- he is just as funny in Major League (1989) and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar (1995). Snipes can also be riveting in action films like Rising Sun (1993), Blade (1998), The Art of War (2000), Blade II (2002), and Blade: Trinity (2004).
His best line: “What? You guys don't have sarcasm, anymore?”
NIGEL BERNARD HAWTHORNE is Dr. Raymond Cocteau presiding over the Southern California country of San Angelas. (There’s no mention of the rest of the world.) Hawthorn plays the role like an “evil Mr. Rogers,” with controlled emotions inside a brittle shell of elitism and cowardice. Good job!
An English actor with roles in Twelfth Night (1996), Richard III (1995), The Madness of King George (1994), The Tempest (1980). I heard he didn’t get on well with Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes.
His best line: “Too bad. No kiss kiss. No bang bang!”
ROSEMARIE LAGUNAS is the purveyor of ratburgers. Very tastee!
GLENN SHADIX (William Glenn Scott) is Associate Bob, Matron of Manners. Dynamic but just too unctuous. He was very funny as Otho in Beetlejuice (1988).
ROB SCHNEIDER stands out as Officer Erwin, but I cannot find him in the credits. I wonder why?
SANDRA ANNETTE BULLOCK plays Lenina Huxley. She gets most of the good lines, but she still comes across weak and cartoonish. Where are your magnetism and strong emotions? Bullock replaced super-magnetic Lori Petty after “creative differences,” whatever that means.
DENIS LEARY plays Edgar Friendly, a cranky leader of the “Scraps” who endangers societal perfection. See Thomas Crown Affair (1999) and Ice Ages (2002; 2006; 2009; 2011; 2012; 2016).
1) Look for Jack Black among the Wasteland Scraps.
2) The computer voice is Adrienne Barbeau; also, in The Thing (1982) and Judge Dredd (1995).
3) We never find out how the 3-seashell thing works.
1) “I’ve perused some newsreels in The Schwarzenegger Presidential Library.” STALLONE: “What?”
2) “You can take this job and shovel it!”
3) “He’s finally matched his meat!”
4) (Speaking of sex:) “Eeeuw! Disgusting!”
I don’t know, but I can guess. The silver batons hold a blue crystal of ICE-9 (from Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle; 1963). When that crystal of ICE-9 touches anything, it freezes it solid. Zamakibo.
Oscar-nominated ALEX THOMPSON was Director of Photography. Demolition Man was shot in Technicolor with Panaflex Cameras at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film runs 115 minutes.
In the television version, all references to Taco Bell were censored, leaving gaping holes in the dialog. The mention of Jeffrey Dahmer and the fight with guards in the cryoprison were censored. Sandra Bullock’s epithet “a- - hole” is changed to “eye-sore,” but she is still fined for her language. The scene where Stallone eats a ratburger is cut. So, basically the film is sliced to ribbons.
In European versions, Taco Bell was changed to Pizza Hut, for some reason.
The concept of this film is simple, but people talk like many adults (with “bad” language), there is lots of casual killing, sociopaths enjoy making other people miserable, and politicians care only about themselves. Plenty of talk about sex and “transmission of bodily fluids.” You know your children best.
This film has a straightforward plot design. When you see how awful the future could be, you feel better about your problems in the present.
I think Demolition Man is a funny film. It isn’t logical or reasonable — it’s just supposed to make you laugh and I do. If you like to laugh, I recommend you get it, on Blu-ray if possible. Don’t bother with the television version — it was censored to death.
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