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POST APOCALYPTIC COLLECTION Blu-ray Review – Bad Acting, Explosions, And A Lot Of Fun

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Starring Fred Williamson, Mark Gregory, Timothy Brent

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Directed by Enzo G. Castellari

Distributed by Blue Underground


Blue Underground has simply launched a trio of movies by Enzo G. Castellari which it calls the Publish-Apocalyptic Assortment. Nicely, whereas solely one of many movies can actually be referred to as submit-apocalyptic, all of them have loads of grit and decay. And they’re tacky as hell, within the custom of one of the best no-price range 80’s schlock. You’re both going to be actually into these things, otherwise you’re going to hate it. Personally, I adore it. In case you don’t take the movies critically, you’re going to have a rattling good time.

The primary movie within the assortment, 1990: The Bronx Warriors, provides us our introduction to Trash, the primary character who additionally seems in Escape from the Bronx. Performed by Mark Gregory (Marco Di Gregorio), Trash is the chief of a biker gang who’s, whereas not explicitly homosexual, properly, whenever you see Gregory’s sassy strut, fairly face, and tight-tight denims, you’ll know what I’m speaking about. Gregory was truly found by Castellari understanding at a fitness center the director frequented. He didn’t have any appearing expertise, and it exhibits. However he’s very good-looking, so it’s all good.

Bronx Warriors additionally options Blaxploitation and motion film legend Fred Williamson. In addition to perhaps Vic Morrow, he’s the one actor that People within the 1980’s would have heard of, however producer Fabrizio De Angelis solely wanted one identify to market the film within the U.S. Williamson’s handlebar mustache is at peak awesomeness, and his character is the most effective a part of the movie. It made me a bit unhappy to see that he solely seems at first and finish of the image, although he kicks sufficient ass within the last thirty minutes to make up for that.

The movie’s plot, as if it actually issues a lot, considerations Ann (Stefania Girolami), the quickly to be eighteen-yr-previous inheritor to the Manhattan Company. She’s hanging out within the Bronx, an space so harmful that the federal government has declared it a “no-man’s land.” Her father is seemingly such a sociopath and narcissist that he completely should have his daughter inherit his empire. So he sends a bounty hunter sort named Hammer (Vic Morrow) and a bunch of lame dudes in white operating fits and motorbike helmets (I assume the helmets are in order that the physique rely can stay excessive whereas reusing actors) to retrieve her. Wall to wall violence ensues. That is the place, for all their silliness, these three films actually shine. All the things falls into place in the course of the motion scenes: the frenetic modifying and music, the stunt work, and naturally the various explosions.

If 1990: The Bronx Warriors bears greater than a passing resemblance to Escape from New York, that’s as a result of it’s an entire ripoff, although with about 5% of the expertise. Not proud of solely ripping off one film, nevertheless, Castellari additionally options loads of bizarre wanting gangs, a la The Warriors. Positive, a gang of road hockey varieties doesn’t appear very sensible in battle, what with these curler skates and all, however they appear…nicely, kinda cool, I assume.

Escape from the Bronx is the second film within the assortment, although it was the third to be produced. This is sensible when you think about that Trash and a few of the different characters (although no Fred Williamson, sadly) from Bronx Warriors seem on this movie. It’s each a stand alone film and a quasi-sequel.

When you’ve seen the Thriller Science Theater episode on Escape from the Bronx (underneath the choice title of Escape 2000), you understand that the cheese issue is off the charts. I’m unsure if it’s much more goofy than Bronx Warriors, nevertheless it beats its predecessor by some margin.

Anyway, Ennio Girolami is again because the president of the evil company, and this time he’s not fucking round. His firm is tasked with turning the wasteland that’s the Bronx into one thing habitable. So as to do that, he has to “relocate” the present residents. However as an alternative of giving them the free housing in New Mexico that’s been promised, dying squads transfer in and set everybody on hearth with flamethrowers. Trash believes that this isn’t a well mannered factor to do, particularly after seeing the charred stays of his mother and father.

The great factor about Escape from the Bronx is that the gangs have all united in an effort to battle a standard foe. It’s good to see this type of cooperation and tolerance amongst former enemies. Provides you a little bit of hope for this cynical world.

And yeah, whereas Escape from the Bronx is, like its predecessor, a money-in flick, it bares some hanging similarities to RoboCop, a movie which might be launched just some years later. Who the hell is aware of how a lot of that may be a coincidence, however anti-gentrification sentiments have been pretty excessive amongst sure left-wing filmmakers and artists within the 1980’s as a response to elevated deregulation of the financial system, so perhaps we shouldn’t give Escape from the Bronx all that a lot credit score.

Escape from the Bronx has much more wall-to-wall motion than Bronx Warriors, for those who can consider that. This doesn’t depart an entire lot of room for plot, however Castellari appears fairly okay with this. I’m too, for that matter. There’s a subplot about an investigative reporter that doesn’t quantity to something, and even a plucky youngster sidekick who, consider it or not, isn’t too annoying. Stuff blows up, individuals get dismembered, individuals get lit on hearth. Truthfully, it’s just about an entire cinematic expertise.

I don’t know that I want to say how horrible the appearing is right here, nevertheless, Antonio Sabato actually steals the present with an exquisite scene-chewing efficiency because the chief of the united gangs. He additionally clothes like a pirate, in order that’s cool too. Not a nasty gig if you will get it.

After Escape from the Bronx, Mark Gregory would make a handful of movies, together with starring in an an Italian motion franchise the place he performed the lead character, Thunder, earlier than disappearing. And once I say disappear, I don’t simply imply from movie. The dude seems to have fallen utterly off the map, and actually no one is aware of the place he’s now. I’m unsure he favored his job very a lot.

The New Barbarians, AKA Warriors of the Wasteland, AKA no matter it was titled for no matter regional market that it was displaying, is the one flick on this set that we will realistically name publish-apocalyptic. Filmed in between the 2 Bronx films, it’s..hoo boy…fairly the Street Warrior rip-off.

The components for a Street Warrior knockoff appears to be the next: give some actors New Wave haircuts, trick out some previous automobiles to look barely futuristic, and purchase a sci-fi sound results report from Woolworth’s. However the true benefit of this style is that it may be filmed in a big yard, maybe one which’s borrowed from a pal whereas they’re on trip. That is the great things proper right here, people.

By some means that is the weirdest flick of the three. What the hell does does our hero, Scorpion (Timothy Brent), want an enormous plastic bubble on the roof of his automotive for? Both no cause in any respect, or to make room for his majestically permed hair. Take your decide, actually. And why is there an eight-yr-previous child automotive genius? Why not, in fact, however I’d be mendacity if I didn’t point out that he has the perfect line within the movie: “The more of a bastard you are, the more likely you are to win.” Certainly, child. Certainly.

The plot — and why am I even doing this — includes a gaggle referred to as the Templars who need to kill everybody who didn’t die within the current nuclear holocaust. Sure, everybody. Presumably themselves, too, however solely after they’ve killed everybody else, in fact. Scorpion, a former Templar himself, is decided to convey the group down, presumably as a result of he determined that being alive is best than not present.

Fred Williamson and his superb mustache are again. Regardless of his foolish wardrobe, Williamson appears to be having a good time. A part of this may need one thing to do with the truth that he will get to shoot arrows with exploding ideas, one thing that Williamson insists Stallone stole for Rambo III. That is, properly, in all probability true.

Loads of stuff blows up. Principally dummies. Castellari has a factor about blowing up dummies, even when they don’t look something like individuals. He simply loves blowing them up. Together with the whole lot else.
In case you’re into these flicks, and I can’t see why anybody wouldn’t be, the Blue Underground particular version is loaded with particular options, and every disc has a brand new commentary monitor with Castellari and numerous associates and colleagues of his. There’s a ton of interviews. Of course, I loved the interview with Fred Williamson most. At eighty years previous, he’s nonetheless the good man in any room.

Particular Options

1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS

  • Audio Commentary with Co-Author/Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Dialog Half 1
  • Sourcing The Weaponry – Enzo G. Castellari visits the Italian Weapons Rental Home of Paolo Ricci
  • Adventures In The Bronx – Interview with Actor/Stuntman Massimo Vanni
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Nonetheless Gallery

ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX

  • Audio Commentary with Co-Author/Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Dialog Half three
  • The Hunt For Trash – Interview with BRONX WARRIORS Superfan Lance Manley
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Nonetheless Gallery

THE NEW BARBARIANS

  • Audio Commentary with Co-Author/Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Dialog Half 2
  • Tales Of The Hammer – Interview with Star Fred Williamson
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Nonetheless Gallery
  • 1990: The Bronx Warriors

  • Escape from the Bronx

  • Warriors of the Wasteland

  • Particular Options

Abstract

These three flicks symbolize the top of 80’s knockoff schlock. Love them or hate them, they’re an entire lot of enjoyable.

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