Blu-ray Review: Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel was created by Vincent J. Roth who returns to the cape-clad title role of Surge, cinema’s first out gay superhero. Roth is joined by a star-studded cast representing the forces of good and evil including “Star Trek” alums Nichelle Nichols and Robert Picardo, comedian Bruce Vilanch, “SuperFriends!” Shannon Farnon, Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, The Exorcist’s Linda Blair, “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” star Gil Gerard and the original Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno. The movie was directed by Antonio Lexerot.

Surge’s nemesis, the Metal Master, is out of jail and trying to reconcile with his estranged parents (Blair, Gerard) and tempted to continue a life of crime by Augur (Roberts), archnemesis of the wise Omen (Nichols, Picardo). Augur sends Metal Master to Las Vegas for mysterious crystals. Needing more crime fighting help, Surge activates the artificial intelligence in the Surgemobile (Vilanch, Farnon). Augur emerges from the shadows back in Big City, causing Omen to step into the fray, which alerts The Council, a supervillain cabal bent on world domination. Facing more enemies than ever before, Surge must do whatever it takes to save mankind.

The movie follows Surge (Vincent J. Roth), the first openly gay superhero who drives around in his tricked out 80’s Nissan 300ZX fighting the forces of evil. Surge ends up having to battle it out with his enemy Metal Master who is under the unfluence of the sinister Augur (Eric Roberts). Surge is also dealing with everyday problems in his personal life that includes the struggles of being single as well as intolerance.

Metal Master also has his personal problems because he has to deal with continuous lecturing from his estranged mother and father (Linda Blair and Gil Gerard). Surge gets a lot of help from his friends, allies, and mentors, Omen (Nichelle Nichols and Robert Picardo) in his fight against Metal Master and Augur. In the end, good triumphs over evil, Surge gets a date, and Metal Master begins the healing process with his parents.

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 specs. 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 problems with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel ended up being an okay low budget superhero adventure full of comedy and action-packed cheese. We live in a time that is currently over saturated with superhero series and movies so it’s hard to come up with anything new and original but this gay superhero concept is definitely a change from the norm. The story was okay but it’s the characters that are the heart and soul on this little indie outing. Anytime you try and produce a low budget sci-fi movie you run the risk of it looking really cheap because the special effects usually end up looking really bad but Surge features some decent visual effects that help drive this adventure. Heck, even the 300ZX gets in on the acton because the car turns into a freaking Gobot. Now how cool is that plus it’s the best part of the movie. That and the arsenal of cameos. Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel is now available on Blu-ray. It’s not for everyone but if you’re looking for something new to watch then give it a try.

Distributor: Indie Rights

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a trailer, five deleted/extended scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, three episodes from the web series that started it all and a sneak peek at Surge 3.

  • Trailer (02:32)
  • Deleted Scenes (07:58)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (19:52)
  • Big City Chronicles Episodes (14:41)
  • Surge 3 Sneak Peek

 

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