Today: June 20, 2024

The Lawnmower Man Collection

101 Films latest release is guaranteed to put a spring in the step of every sci-fi fan.

The Lawnmower Man (1992) and its sequel, Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1995) comes to blu-ray in the UK for the very first time this week. Presented in a lush three-disc set, in limited edition packaging, the release features newly commissioned artwork, complete with a booklet with new writing on the film. The set also includes both the theatrical and director’s cuts of The Lawnmower Man.

Originally conceived as an adaptation of a Stephen King short story, Brett Leonard and Gimel Everett’s vision deviated so far from the original source that a legal battle ensued. In fact the plot seems to owe more to Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes) than King’s original. Instead of a bizarre tale of grass-eating and sacrifices, Leonard and Everett produced a sci-fi classic that stunned audiences.

The sort of SFX we take for granted now didn’t exist in the ‘90s, and Lawnmower Man features what was then state-of-the-art effects and CGI sequences, which imagined where virtual reality might take humanity. Thirty years on, the film looks a little creaky but it’s still a classic slice of Generation X nostalgia.

Part cautionary tale, part camp romp, if you haven’t seen it, then you’re in for fun ride. If you have, then you may be surprised how watchable it still is.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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