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Murderous Decisions – Zapping Requested (LA, 1994)

Enjoy the silence.

In this special series on the Pioneer LaserActive, guest author Taylor Pinson will be discussing some of the games released on the Sega PAC, an add-on for the LaserActive that could play Genesis, Sega CD, and Mega LD titles.

Ah, the long-awaited Depeche Mode ensemble film is here.



DIRECTOR: Gerard Schmidt

GENRE: Movie

RELEASE DATE: 08/25/94 – (JP)

Murderous Decisions – Zapping Requested (AKA Zapping TV Satsui) is, in a way, two movies in one. It is a dual-sided title released in Japan only and available for both the Sega and NEC PACs. The footage was originally produced for a German Public television station experiment in the early 1990s.

I smell a low budget.

The director filmed a detective/crime thriller story from the perspectives of two characters, Christine and Stefan. Instead of editing both perspectives into a single movie, he made two, one for each character. The movies were then aired simultaneously on two different channels, and viewers were encouraged to switch (or ‘zap’) between the two to see how the story unfolded.

Our hero, Rick Astley.

This release for LaserActive takes those two movies and lets you switch between them on the fly (as well as letting you switch between an English or Japanese audio track). I’m sure this feature was interesting to see in the days of VHS tapes, but nowadays its the same as watching a DVD that uses the multi-angle feature.

“Bug your eyes out… that’s right, nice and large.”

The movie itself is dull and meandering. The story revolves around around an artist named Stefan who travels to a different city in search of work, only to realize he’s been duped into transporting a bag of drugs for Christine. He then decides to stick around the city instead of just going home, and inevitably gets drawn into a clumsy not-quite-love-triangle with Christine and her boss, Octave. Octave then decides to frame Stefan for other crimes just because. There’s also a generic subplot about prostitutes being killed that never leads anywhere.

Pee-Wee Herman, the later years.

Murderous Decisions… is a bad made-for-TV movie. None of the characters are particularly interesting or likable, the visuals are dull and ugly, and for a detective/crime thriller, there’s practically no detecting or crime-related thrills. The only real crime here is having your money swindled yet again by the Pioneer con artists.


5 replies on “Murderous Decisions – Zapping Requested (LA, 1994)”

Taylor I do thank you for drudging through what seems to be the very dull library of the Laseractive. Especially whilst Dylan is playing the likes of Strider and Hellfire.

Your definitely taking one (or several) for the team.

It’s been a rough ride, but the end is in sight, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally come across a couple of good ones.

Basically, you press a button, and line of text appears on the bottom of the screen telling you which version you’re watching, and if the scene was different for that version of the movie, then the picture will change.

It really is the same as the rarely-used alternate angle feature on DVDs.

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