Battletruck aka: Warlords of the 21st Century - 1982

Battletruck Films - 92 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # 826663119077
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 4907953085800

Cast: Michael Beck, Annie McEnroe, James Wainwright, Bruno Lawrence, John Bach, John Ratzenberger.
Screenplay: Irving Austin, Harley Cokliss, John Beech from a story by Michael Abrams; Photography: Chris Menges; Music: Kevin Peek; Producers: Lloyd Phillips & Rob Whitehouse; Director: Harley Cokliss.

Rural survivors of the oil wars are terrorised by roving military-style bandit Colonel Straker and his men, who travel and fight in a heavily armoured truck. For most, the choice is capitulate or die. Hunter, however, believes that there is always a way to fight back. Romantic interest takes the form of Corlie, whom we later discover is Straker's daughter. Hunter may be rather cool and undemonstrative for the most part, but when one of the more cowardly and underhanded farmers attempts to murder him and captures Corlie for delivery to Straker, it really gets his dander up.

Censor Rating: R13 - Review Rating: C

Battletruck clip
Official MP4 Trailer


Available in PAL and NTSC vhs videos. Expect new copies, if you can find them, to be at least $50. Used NTSC copies can be found in the U.S. for about $10-20.
As of August 3, 2010, it is available on a, technically, high quality R1 ntsc dvd from North American sources, selling for about $10us. It is coupled with 'Death Sport' in a set called 'Roger Corman's Cult Classics - Double Feature'. It is presented in a 1.33:1 format with mono English soundtrack. There are no subtitles. There is an alternative commentary track with the director, Harley Cokliss, hosted by Jonathan Rigby, that provides a good deal of background.

Starting 06 January 2017, an All Regions Blu-ray disc, remastered from a 2k original, became available from Japan. It is presented 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced, with spoken DTS-HD-MA 2.0 English and Japanese language tracks. It also has an optional English DTS-HD-MA 2.0 commentary track by director Harley Cokliss and Randy Powell, hosted by Jonathan Rigby. There are Japanese subtitle options for both feature and commentary track. The disc also contains the original Battletruck trailer (3 min.) in English with optional Japanese subtitles, a trailer made for Warlords of the 21st Century (1:55) plus a small 4-page booklet, in Japanese, covering an interview with Ryu Manatsu, who was the Japanese voice of Michael Beck. It sells for about 5000 yen.

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There are no known soundtrack CDs of this title.

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The first known NZ feature film to also have its own soundtrack release was the 1977 33rpm LP of Sleeping Dogs. Other titles that are on 33rpm LP and/or audio cassette, but have not yet (as of 2007) found their way to CD are: Solo (1978), Goodbye Pork Pie (1980), Battletruck (1981), Smash Palace (1981), Strata (1984), Bridge to Nowhere (1986), Queen City Rocker (1986) and The Leading Edge (1987).

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More Hollywood-in-New Zealand, with a plot strangely reminiscent of the Australian 'Mad Max 2'. Western-with-technology pretending to be science-fiction (Nicholas Reid - 'A Decade of New Zealand Film')


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1982 - Catalonian International Film Festival, Spain - Best Actress: Annie McEnroe

1983 - SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at the Avoriaz Festival du Film Fantastique.

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