Sparks has been added to your Cart

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon


4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

Price: CDN$ 31.55 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 35. Details
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by Fulfillment Express CA and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
11 new from CDN$ 16.28 4 used from CDN$ 6.50

Product Details

  • Actors: Chase Williamson, Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, William Katt
  • Directors: Christopher Folino, Todd Burrows
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 1 2016
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00H91LVOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,842 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description

After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group known as The Rochester 13 gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson, John Dies at the End) doesn’t feel remotely super… but after his parents’ death, he throws himself into battle against the criminals plaguing the mean streets of New York. Teaming up with, and falling hard for, the beautiful Lady Heavenly (Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism I & II), the unstoppable duo quickly decimates the city’s army of thugs. But when they tangle with the nation’s most twisted arch-villain, they end up losing everything — including each other. Sparks’ rage-fueled quest for vengeance ignites a battle that will change the world and alter his destiny, forever.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
This is a film that people seem to really love or absolutely detest; I actually thought it had some very strong points and fell a bit flat elsewhere. It is a `superhero' tale and based on the graphic novel which tells the story of a meteor crashing to earth causing a genetically mutated group of people who become known as `the Rochester 13'. Then we have the story of the hero or rather `superhero' Ian Sparks (Chase Wiliamson - `John Dies at the End') whose parents are killed in an exploding car incident that was partially caused by the cops.

We jump ahead a number of years and Sparks has decided to go out righting wrongs and in the end teams up with Lady Heavenly played by Ashley Bell (`The Day') then they come up against a super villain and the rules of the game change forever... type thing.

Well all of that is pretty predictable and I quite liked the suspending belief as you swallowed their stories of woe. It unashamedly plays for the `noir' feeling and in many ways copies `Sin City' with its use of graphics and live action. However, it lacks the pathos of that film and is never consistent with the noir feeling, so at times it feels like we got only half the film that the makers wanted us to see - that may have been down to budget. The action is ok at best and sporadic and you will be amazed at a shotgun that causes no damage to the moving vehicle it is fired at, whilst killing the passenger.

Some have criticised the acting, but I think they had to play it in a kind of cheesy tongue in cheek way as the whole thing is quite unbelievable and some would argue that is as it should be. If you are a fan of super hero type films this will tick some of your boxes, if you are hankering for a noir then look elsewhere - if you just want some not too sensible viewing fun then this more than passes muster.
2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: DVD
Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) joins with mutants to avenge the death of his parents. He discovers that not everyone is honest in this age of vigilante super heroes. The complex plot takes some nice twists in this comic book adventure set in 1948.

The film reminded me a little of the Warren Beatty "Dick Tracy" film. I would say if you couldn't stomach those sets, skip this one.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs. No nudity. Sex scenes and prostitution theme. 3 1/2 STARS
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
interesting crime fighting duo of Ian Sparks and Heavenly ( the female crime fighter )
they set out to clean up the streets of New York. It is worth the watch.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.5 out of 5 stars 67 reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star July 19 2016
By Ctown - Published on
Verified Purchase
Likely the worst movie I've ever seen. I think it was filmed on a cam corder by some kids.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it!!! Super Story! Jan. 18 2016
By ANDRE - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I read quite a few reviews before purchasing this movie. Some of the reviews made some interesting accusations, almost causing me to reconsider my purchase. They were outweighed by some very positive reviews, and I must say that I'm ecstatic that I went with this movie over any other.
This movie is a perfect recipe and not your average, run of the mill superhero tale.
All I can say about it simply is Pay Attention. Don't look for deep meaning or intellectual quandaries. Go in not expecting much. At the price, it's worth a shot.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story and a great movie. March 19 2014
By Ethan MacKuin - Published on
Format: DVD
I write this review neither as a professional critic nor as someone directly involved with movie making. Instead I am simply a long time fan of movies in general and of the various genres that make up the melting pot that is Sparks. Sparks in its simplest description is a combination of noir style and superhero action with a late 1930s to early 1940s backdrop. It is a wonderful film and should be included in anyone’s personal catalog of DVDs. That having been said, getting down into just what makes this film special will yield even more impressive details.

Sparks is based on a graphic novel of the same name written by Christopher Folino. During the original run of the comic he and William Katt (yes of Greatest American Hero fame) decided to try to bring it forward as a film. There’s more to it than that but this is supposed to be a review of the film and hot a historical treatise of it. However, it does bear to point out that the film was produced completely independently. It is very much a labor of love and it shows in the finished product.

Visually the film is a study in contrast. Scenes are shot in a way that is similar in feel to a combination of Sin City and a theatrical production. Because the production was completely independent and was shot quickly in one location, a lot of green screening was used. Much like it was in Sin City but it doesn't take anything away from the shots. It’s the same kind of feeling you would get watching a play where you know the characters aren't actually in the location they're pretending to be in but you accept the conceit and go along for the ride anyway.

The effects overall are magnificent. Yes certain nitpicks could be made about their quality if you were to go frame by frame but given that all the visual effects were the work of TWO guys alone, it’s a marvel of artistry and talent. For a superhero movie, there aren't that many big, in your face effects (no city destroying climax here) but how and when they’re used is done to perfectly illustrate and forward the plot which is a lesson that many effects heavy blockbusters could learn.

The musical score is perfectly interwoven to the film and blends in with the entire package to nicely frame things and add to the flow without being blaring or overpowering the dialog. It is dramatic without being corny. No noticeable dead girlfriend violin.

The acting was spot on with Chase Williamson (John Dies At The End) going from adorably dorky one moment (the meeting Lady Heavenly scene is perfect illustration) to pissed off world weary the next with ease as Ian Sparks. Ashley Bell (Last Exorcism) is wonderful as Lady Heavenly in every aspect of the character. To say more about her portrayal would be to spoil a bit of plot. Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, and Clint Howard all turn in stellar performances but William Katt deserves special note for his chilling portrayal of Matanza. He delivers his lines and presence with a gravitas that is calm and sinister without being campy.
The plot and writing is where the movie shines the most. Like most noir works (at least that I've seen) the film makes heavy use of flashbacks. Sometimes repeating the same moment but from different points of view or with people admitting things they hadn't before. Sparks will not spoon feed you everything up front but by the end of the movie you will get what was going on. Fair warning though that it will not happen until quite literally the last minute but the film does tie up all the loose ends in a very satisfying way. More than once you will find yourself going “Ohhhhhh so that’s what that was.”

So to sum up, is the film absolutely 100% completely perfect? No. But it is a masterpiece of ingenuity, storytelling, and a perfect demonstration that for all the jadedness in the world, there’s still some magic to be found in movies. Beyond all that, it’s just a fun movie to watch with a great story and the world needs more great stories. Here’s to hoping there’s a sequel somewhere down the road.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Feb. 18 2016
By Gene Butrick - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
good read
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie June 2 2015
By Virginia Boudreaux - Published on
I loved this movie which is based on the graphic novel which is mind blowing and stands on its own, because it literally brings a unique richness to storytelling, and it does make for a perfect companion to "Sparks the Movie," building on relationships of the characters in a film noir 1940s setting. I've decided to give this graphic novel a read after having seen the movie. Overall, I am having a difficult time deciding which I enjoyed more, the graphic novel or the movie? Which of course is a great thing because they both compliment each other very well. I hope there is a sequel in the works for both the graphic novel and the movie.

Look for similar items by category