DVD Review “Rock Jocks”

Rock-Jocks-DVD-FActors: Felicia Day, Andrew Bowen, Gerry Bednob, Doug Jones, Robert Picardo
Directors: Paul Seetachitt
Rated: Unrated
Studio: New Video Group
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Run Time: 91 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars

Wow! I was not expecting that at all. “Rock Jocks” was a real surprise for me. It is funny, epic and packs some impressive visual effects. If that is not enough, the film packs an impressive cast including Felicia Day (“The Guild”), Andrew Bowen (“MadTV”), Gerry Bednob (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”), Doug Jones (“Pan Labyrinth”), who of course in full prosthetics playing a character called Smoking Jesus, Justin Chow (“The Twilight Saga”), Robert Picardo (“Star Trek: Voyager”), who is a real pisser, and Jason Mewes (“Clerks”). Actually, all impressive except for Justin Chon who was a big pain-the-ass. You can tell that the director was a big fan of “Clerks” as he took his love for that film and mixed it with a fun space adventure. I am not sure how this film missed my radar but I recommend for sure!

Official Premise: Housed in a top secret location, the Asteroid Management Initiative (AMI) is a critical element in the Defense Department s struggle to keep the Earth safe from the constant onslaught of oncoming asteroids. Its heroes are the ROCK JOCKS, a group of overworked and underpaid misfits with exceptional satellite piloting skills. Our story begins during a night shift, where the Rock Jocks have arrived to fend off the asteroids, yet spend most of the evening fighting off boredom, themselves, and a meddling government bureaucrat hell-bent on shutting them down.

New Video Group is behind this DVD release and they did a great job overall. I am not sure why they choose not to release this film on Blu-ray. I think the visual effects could have really benefited from it. The sound design was still very impressive on the DVD, the asteroid fights sound great. In terms of special features, there is nothing special included here. There are some behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast talking about the film and there is also a trailer included. I would have loved a commentary track with the cast, could have been fun and also a visual effects featurette.

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