Jaws: The Revenge (Blu-ray Review)

12 – 90mins – 1987


 

THIS TIME IT’S PERISHABLE

My overriding takeaway from watching this great white four-quel in my youth was one of complete astonishment: astonishment at how poor the shark looked despite being made 12years after Spielberg’s Oscar-winning original; astonishment at the laughable number of movie magic-ruining continuity errors; astonishment that original star Lorraine Gary and megastar Michael Caine were happy to have their names attributed to such a sorry production. Even as a child I knew this was so-bad-it’s-hilarious.

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Ley Lines (Blu-ray Review)

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18 – 105mins – 1999


 

HALF-BREED HEROES

“Go home if you don’t like it!”

Two years after Rainy Dog, Takashi Miike closed out his uneven and indecent Black Society Trilogy with another hard-hitting drama exposing the disreputable underbelly of his home country. Sick of being bullied and treated like outsiders, three optimistic Japanese youths of Chinese decent (among them Kazuki Kitamura, who would go on to star in Hollywood action sequel The Raid 2) move from the countryside to seek their fortune in Tokyo… and end up falling foul of the trigger-happy boss (Naoto Takenaka) of a city crime syndicate.

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Rainy Dog (Blu-ray Review)

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18 – 95mins – 1997


DAMP BOILED

Two years after his theatrical debut with the ultra-icky shock-fest Shinjuku Triad Society, Takashi Miike returned to his thematically-connected Black Society Trilogy with this precipitation-lashed middle segment, shot entirely in a washed-out Taiwan and with star Tomorowo Taguchi returning, albeit in a new and unrelated antagonist role.

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Shinjuku Triad Society (Blu-ray Review)

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18 – 102mins – 1995


 

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

Perhaps now best known for the gruesome 1999 torture porn paragon Audition or 2001’s iconic crime thriller Ichi the Killer, before his Western exposure and box office success, Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike was highly prolific in Japan’s straight-to-video “V-cinema” market. 1995’s Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô (to give it its homegrown title) marked a major stepping stone in the outlandish director’s career: his first release for a major studio and his first release to receive a theatrical run.

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Smokey and the Bandit II (Blu-ray Review)

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ATTENTION ALL YOU SOMBITCHES!

My series of reviews inspecting and dissecting the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy of action-comedies (which I started right HERE with the 1977 original) has hot-wheeled it over to the 80’s Picture House for film number two, so follow the link RIGHT HERE to ride on over to read my thoughts on the Burt Reynolds/Sally Field-starring sequel which was originally titled Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again.

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Smokey and the Bandit (Blu-ray Review)

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PG – 95mins – 1977


PEDAL TO THE METAL

“We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there…”

Originally conceived as a low budget B-movie by director and stuntman Hal Needham, with a little superstar clout from Burt Reynolds (at the time the world’s #1 box office draw) Smokey and the Bandit went on to become 1977’s second biggest grossing movie – behind only Star Wars.

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Knight Rider: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray Boxset Review)

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For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter (@crabhoward if you fancy joining my “cast”), you may have missed that my in-depth review of Fabulous Films / Freemantle Media’s brand new and immense 20 disc, 90 episode Blu-ray boxset of the entire 1982-86 Knight Rider television series was posted yesterday on The 80’s Picture House.

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