A SOVIET KILLING MACHINE, A MEATBALL,
AN ACCIDENT, AND A BRAWL
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— DG PICK OF THE WEEK–
Taught to stalk. Trained to kill. Always ready for a fight. Yup, this is Dolph doing what he does best, kicking an ungodly amount of ass. Made between MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE and THE PUNISHER, Joseph Zitto’s (THE PROWLER, MISSING IN ACTION) RED SCORPION is hands down the best film in the Lundgren cannon, but not for the reasons you think. Sure, Lundgren is a machine gun toting badass, but M. Emmet Walsh is the balls in this blistering piece of tough guy cinema. You toss the gone too soon Brion James on top of this along with special effects courtesy of Tom Savini and you got one crazy 106 minute flick.
As usual, Synapse went all out on this. This just arrived last night in the middle of a HANZO THE RAZOR marathon so I haven’t had a chance to do a deep dive just yet. I will get to this though later today or tomorrow and have a full review this week. You should know though that Synapse is bringing this to you in a 2K high definition transfer and, for the first time, providing an uncensored cut of the film. Dig it!
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…
Ivan Reitman had a helluva time getting Bill Murray to agree to be in this flick, and even after he said yes it was almost impossible to get him to the location to start shooting. In the end it all worked out and a classic was born. This was Murray’s first starring role, and he smoked it like a pack of Kools. I have always dug this film but it is worth noting how slow it is when Murray isn’t on screen… like molasses up a hill slow.
Another Jess Franco classic full of tease and sleaze. I haven’t seen this one yet but from what I heard, it delivers the goods in spades.
Not sure if this set has any new extras attached to it but with the “Brian Froud Art Edition” tag, it sounds like it should have something dedicated to the man on it. Anyway, worth picking up if you don’t own’em, otherwise, hang tight until we know what’s what on the set.
The set-up is like a wet dream for monster fans. All the classic monsters going toe-to-toe in a UFC style match inside a graveyard. Unfortunately, it never really does anything interesting with the concept. A couple of cool fights though make it worth a watch.
The first film from Danny Boyle gets the prestigious Criterion treatment and for a man who has made consistently fascinating and inventive cinema, he deserves it. This flick has a classy cool and a macabre sense of humor. Even though it is perhaps too classically plotted, it has a unique approach and sometimes frustrating characters who are incapable of digging … ahem… their way out of trouble.
This is hands down the best film on this list you haven’t seen. It had a limited run in 2009 but is just now coming out on Blu/DVD from Shout! Factory. Think of Bronson’s THE MECHANIC via Hong Kong, this film is tough as nails. Director Soi Cheang just made his way to my watch list courtesy of this piece of visceral filmmaking.
This is Vincent D’Onofrio’s directorial debut, a horror-musical hybrid that was ripped to shreds by the critics but fuck’em. The trailer snagged me and the cover art is wicked so I am in. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
That’s it for this week, Bastards.
We’re back next week with: DJANGO KILL… IF YOU LIVE, SHOOT! (Blu), HEADSPACE, THE DISCO EXORCIST, THE AGGRESSION SCALE, and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
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