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Written & directed by Marco von Moos
Starring Fabian Ramseyer, Marco von Moos, Philip Reich
Policeman Harry Brighton (Fabian Ramseyer) is horrendously injured in a terrorist attack. On the verge of death, he is subjected to a military experiment and is reborn as NightCast, a dark avenger that stalks the night on a mission to restore justice to his corrupt city.
NightCast needs no introduction to regular FXhome readers. This feature length action adventure comes from the mind of Swiss director Marco von Moos (aka Sollthar), creator of many classic FXhome.com short films and an amazing filmmaking guide. NightCast is finally available on DVD with a brand new director’s cut and a heap of extras that make it a must-buy for anybody interested in independent, low-budget filmmaking.
The film draws heavily from the classic action movies of the 80s, particularly the likes of RoboCop and Darkman, blending them with a comic book sensibility that drives the plot forward with a colourful collection of characters and a genre-savvy humour.
NightCast constantly punches above its weight, indulging in elaborate visual effects and action sequences. It’s a risky approach which works for the most part. At its best, it blasts through its origins to become a genuinely exciting tale of revenge with a surprisingly large scope – thanks to excellent use of locations and the diverse cast. At times, however, its ambition outstrips its resources, resulting in some dubious effects and a generic plot that occasionally tips away from ‘homage’ towards ‘unoriginal’.
By embracing a b-movie aesthetic, however, NightCast rises above its micro-budget flaws. It may have rough edges, but the effort and love that has gone into its creation is clear to see in every frame. As such, it’s something of a beacon for aspiring populist filmmakers, showing that it is indeed possible to craft an independent movie that aims for Hollywood entertainment rather than auteurist pretension.
This new DVD release is a brand new cut of the film, actually running 17 minutes shorter than the original premiere version. The nips and tucks help considerably, tightening the pacing without perceptibly changing the content. The result is a more exciting and slicker production, that sacrifices none of the action or character moments despite losing almost a reel’s worth of material. In other words, the film has never been better.
Confirming NightCast’s deserving place as an indie DVD classic is the its range of extra material, which covers the entire project from start to finish. It’s packed with interviews, audition material, concept designs, production diaries and visual effects breakdowns. The level of detail rivals that of the Lord of the Rings DVDs and is essential viewing. The movie itself is almost a fun extra rather than the main feature, when the bonus features are this damn good.
NightCast is available internationally on DVD from the NCC website, as well as in retail stores in Switzerland and mainland Europe. The feature and extras are in German but come complete with comprehensive English subtitles. The price is a mere $26.90, including shipping.
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