Blu-ray Review: MEGA TIME SQUAD

MEGA TIME SQUAD was written and directed by Tim van Dammen and stars Anton Tennet, Jonny Brugh, Hetty Gaskell-Hahn, Arlo Gibson, Milo Cawthorne, Eru Wilton and Simon Ward. Mega Time Squad follows a low-level criminal who steals an ancient Chinese time-travel device, but he may not survive the demonic consequences of tampering with time.

Mega Time Squad takes place in Thames, New Zealand and follows John (Anton Tennet), a dim-witted, small time criminal who gets in way over his head with his boss Shelton (Jonny Brugh), the local crime lord. There’s also Kelly (Hetty Gaskell-Hahn) who John has a crush on. We get to watch their relationship grow while John causes all kinds of time-jumping mischief.

What happens is, Shelton sends John out on a heist to rob one of the local Chinese shops and let’s just say it doesn’t go as planned. The goofball decides to go rogue and go out on his own so when he robs the shop he keeps the money for himself and also takes this mysterious bracelet that’s actually an ancient time-traveling device. It looks more like a souvenir from a carnival, but hey, it works.

It doesn’t take long for John to discover what this bracelet can do and with each jump he makes, he also multiplies and ultimately forms his own short-lived gang that he always wanted – Mega Time Squad. So, not only does John have Shelton’s goons after him but there’s also a Chinese gangster on his trail. Did I mention the demon? Yeah, this thing is after him too. John gets himself in all kinds of quags by time-traveling but finally finds a way to undo the damage he’s done so he can go back to his semi-normal life and spend a little time with his new girl, Kelly.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Mega Time Squad ended up being an entertaining watch that’s a combination of sci-fi, horror and comedy all wrapped up in a slice of time-traveling cinematic cheese. It’s an indie movie with a small budget that uses all of its assets to full degree and the proof is on the screen. The plot was interesting and the main characters were fun to follow. Tim van Dammen did a great job with this movie that’s actually a smart time-traveling adventure that’s full of laughs. He delivered some gnarly effects that were scene in Deathgasm and now he’s imported his talents for his own movie so not only do we get a fun watch but the special effects are sick. The movie isn’t without its flaws, with the biggest one being its budget restraints, but it’s still a super silly watch. Mega Time Squad is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 80 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, eleven deleted scenes and the official trailer.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Tim van Dammen
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Official Trailer
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