Escape from the Bronx (1983) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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Escape from the Bronx (1983) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Enzo G. Castellari
Starring: Henry Silva, Timothy Brent, Mark Gregory
Rated: UR/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Blue Underground

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he year is 2000 and the Bronx has been reduced to a decaying, desolate wasteland infested with swarms of vicious street gangs and outcast scavengers. When an imperialistic mega-corporation plans to rebuild the doomed No Man’s Land into a perfect metropolis, they unleash their secret army of sadistic death squads to wipe out the few remaining inhabitants. But beneath the twisted rubble, fierce legions of resistance fighters arm themselves for the final onslaught ready to die for their homeland. And ready to kill for it. Co-writer/director Enzo G. Castellari (STREET LAW) and star Mark Gregory (THUNDER) return for this thrilling sequel to the post-apocalyptic cult classic 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS. Also starring Henry Silva (ABOVE THE LAW), Timothy Brent (THE NEW BARBARIANS), Paolo Malco (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY), and Antonio Sabato (SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS), ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX is presented in a brand-new High Definition transfer along with exclusive Extras for the first time ever in North America!

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Escape from the Bronx! So, I guess we’ve went from kind coping The Warriors to at least in name coping Escape from New York. I think overall this is a movie on the same level as the original 1990: The Bronx Warriors, but it reaches that same level for all different reasons. There is still some stuff left over from the last film. Some of the gang folks are still around, but they are all moved together and underground joined together and hiding from the big bad government and their death squads! Trash is still here as well. Despite taking place apparently ten years after the original in plot, he’s still as baby-faced looking as ever (in reality only taking place a year at best from the original), but for some reason here in this film, actor Mark Gregory, seems much more fit for the role and less awkward. Heck, even seems rather bad ass in this one! It helps overall that he does seem more fit for the part here and there are also a few more characters against and along side Trash that keeps things interesting. It is bit less cartoonish than before, but there are still some characters that stand out for one reason or another.

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Also, if you decide to sitdown and watch Escape from the Bronx, then you will notice that there isn’t any drag and crawl here. This movie seems to hit the ground running and offers up plenty of gun play, smashed heads, and other violent acts. There is plenty of blood in this one at different times, which you could expect from a movie that has a body count of 174. That right there should tell you just how much of a war zone the movie turns the Bronx into during the running time. The death comes in waves and sometimes those waves are rather large. I think this one actually got what most folks want to see in something like this and it kind of goes out of the way to deliver the goods. Now, I don’t think the movie looks as good here in HD as the original, but Blue Underground still brings the best release you are going to find of this violent and action filled Italian exploitation film. It has a charm to it and a lot of character, which both can go a long way and here in this wild movie it does just that. Like I said before, it is just as good as the first film, but it is that way for different reasons.

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Extras

– Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
– Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 3
– The Hunt For Trash Interview with BRONX WARRIORS Superfan Lance Manley
– Theatrical Trailers
– Poster & Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 86%

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