Coming to Blu-ray for the first time ever under Umbrella Entertainment’s “Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film”… er, umbrella is Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds, the debut feature from acclaimed director Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, Gods of Egypt). Long unavailable in any format, the 1989 film has undergone a 2K restoration from the original 16mm negative and has been mixed for 5.1 sound for the first time ever.
Proyas’ post-apocalyptic tale follows the disabled Felix Crabtree (Michael Lake) and his younger sister, Betty (Melissa Davis), who live in a rundown shack in the middle of a desert sometime in the future. Felix is obsessed with flying and Betty is childlike and unable to contemplate any existence away from their home, until a stranger called Smith (Norman Boyd) comes into their life with plans to build a flying machine.
There’s no concrete release date as yet, but the next two Beyond Genres offerings, Dagon and Razorback, are due in July and August, respectively, so… September maybe? In any case, this a release that anyone with an interest in Australian genre cinema should be champing at the bit for.