Despite the shock-evoca­tive moniker, Scream Factory isn’t just about hor­ror fare.  Their inter­ests can extend as far as sci-fi fare like They Live and action-ori­ent­ed mate­ri­al like Ninja III: The DominationDark Angel, known to most U.S. view­ers as I Come In Peace, com­bi­nes both action and sci-fi ele­ments in a cult film fan-friend­ly way that has earned it the Scream Factory treat­ment.  The results give a nice treat­ment to a deserv­ing and under­rat­ed flick wor­thy of redis­cov­ery by the cult flick fan­base.

The new high-def­i­n­i­tion trans­fer looks real­ly nice.  One of the film’s great­est assets is the slick cin­e­matog­ra­phy by Mark Irwin and it shi­nes in the pre­sen­ta­tion it receives here: the fre­quent night pho­tog­ra­phy has rich blacks and the col­or and detail lev­els are appro­pri­ate­ly rich.  Both 2.0 and 5.1 stereo mix­es are offered in loss­less form as audio choic­es: the lat­ter was lis­tened to for this track and it offers a smooth blend of ele­ments with an appro­pri­ate sur­round boost to the explo­sion-inten­sive action sequences.

Scream Factory adds a trio of  extras to flesh out the pre­sen­ta­tion.  The first is an ener­get­ic the­atri­cal trail­er that plays like a com­pact high­lights reel (it seems to include every sin­gle explo­sion in the film).  There is also a nice image gallery that includes a vari­ety of col­or and black and white stills plus ad art for both titles this film was mar­ket­ed under.

However, the key bonus item is a ret­ro­spec­tive fea­turet­te that incor­po­rates inter­views with direc­tor Craig Baxley and stars Dolph Lundgren and Brian Benben.  Baxley reveals at the out­set of the piece that Dark Angel was shot on about 25% of its intend­ed bud­get and goes on to dis­cuss how he used his knowl­edge of stunts and some tal­ent­ed FX peo­ple to max­i­mize the amount of spec­ta­cle in the film.  There is also discussion/appreciation of Lundgren’s knack for quick­ly pick­ing up action chore­og­ra­phy, Benben’s sly comedic chops and how impressed every­one was with Matthias Hues’ phys­i­cal­i­ty as the vil­lain.  Everyone involved is a genial inter­view sub­ject — it’s a real love­fest at times — and the result­ing piece is both fun to watch and infor­ma­tive.

In short, Dark Angel ben­e­fits from the kind treat­ment it gets on this blu-ray and Scream Factory enhances the breadth of its cat­a­log a lit­tle more.  Dolph Lundgren fans should pick it up, post-haste — it’ll make a fine dou­ble bill with Shout Factory’s blu-ray of Joshua Tree.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of Dark Angel, click here.