The Film (3/5)
Brick Bardo also known as Dollman (Tim Thomerson, from the film Dollman) is hitchhiking to the town of Pahoota to find Nurse Ginger (Melissa Behr, who was shrunk in Bad Channels), to let her know she isn't the only tiny person on Earth. Meanwhile, police officer Judith Grey (Tracy Scoggins, from Demonic Toys) has kept an eye on the Toyland Warehouse since the events of Demonic Toys. She breaks into the warehouse and witnesses the rebirth of the Demonic Toys but is arrested for trespassing while suspended from the force. Judith decides to find Brick Bardo and Nurse Ginger and solicit their help in taking down the Demonic Toys once and for all.
Dollman Vs. Demonic Toys is a step back into the early to mid 90's VHS rental days. After Charles Band had shut down Empire Pictures he opened Full Moon as a way to grab part of the direct to video market and had a good deal of success. Tim Thomerson had already become a cult icon thanks to appearances in the Trancers series and in Dollman thanks to his take on a sci-fi Dirty Harry. This film was intended to move the story along a bit and cross promote the earlier films. The scenes of Bardo and Nurse Ginger at their eleven inch heights interacting with normal size items are well done along with the conception and realization of the demonic toys themselves.
The actual demonic toys in the film could be seen as simple knock offs of the puppets in the Puppetmaster series but the inclusion of characters from the other films was an easy way for Band and co. to rebuff that suggestion. And for me, it worked. I've always thought of Full Moon as Troma's cousin with their 'we're all along for the ride' showmanship and this release shows that Full Moon cares enough about their films and their fans to release a decent bluray. This isn't merely a dvd port.
Full Moon presents Dollman Vs. Demonic Toys in a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC transfer on a single layer 25 G bluray disc. The print looks pretty natural, colors are good and while not overly bright the film isn't washed out either and the film has a nice grain structure. Audio is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and while the dialogue was was easy to understand, the music was a tad underwhelming as the track didn't have a lot of force. Overall, Full Moon has done a decent job transferring one of their higher profile titles from their circa 1989-1995 heyday to bluray.
There is an audio commentary from Charles Band and star Tim Thomerson, trailers for other Full Moon films, (the first three Puppet Master films, Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong and Reel Evil among them, all presented in standard definition) and uncut footage. Also included is Videozone, which is a look at the film, stunts, effects, and how they combined the franchises into one film.
Dollman Vs Demonic Toys is the sequel of three films: Dollman, Demonic Toys and Bad Channels. It has footage incorporated from all three films and that brings the actual new footage down to around 45 minutes. It had been years since I had seen a Full Moon film and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. If you are into low budget early 90's horror then I think you could much worse than Dollman Vs. Demonic Toys. It was short, to the point and fun.