Jake Speed (1986) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Jake Speed (1986) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Jake Speed (1986) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Jake Speed (1986) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Andrew Lane
Starring: Wayne Crawford, Dennis Christopher, Karen Kopins

When her sister is taken by a gang of white slavers, Margaret (Karen Kopins, Troop Beverly Hills) knows she needs a hero with a difference to bring her home. Enter Jake Speed (Wayne Crawford, Barracuda), leaping from the pages of pulp thriller novels and into the real world. With Margaret and his trusty sidekick Desmond Floyd (Dennis Christopher Chariots of Fire), Jake arrives hot on the heels of the kidnappers in a southern African country gripped by civil war. But it soon turns out Jake got more than he bargained for when he discovers that the ringleader of the slavers is none other than his own arch-nemesis: the wicked, criminally insane Sid (John Hurt, Alien, The Osterman Weekend)…

While I know what a movie Jake Speed is going for and have read up on the source of it, I don’t think a movie like this really compares that well to some of the ones we’ve been accustomed to. The movie sadly starts off at a very slow pace and never does seem to find its footing for me as I watched just waiting for the spark of explosions to kickstart this one into a more normal-looking action flick. This one seems pretty tame for the most part and like I mentioned above seems to take too much time to really get things going. I think we have a reason why we never saw Jake Speed movies go up into the ranks of other action series and movies we might think of first when the genre comes up.

Still, giving credit where it certainly due, Arrow makes this one look the best it will ever look. The cover is cool and all-seeing as how Arrow got custom artwork for it. This one has a few interviews in the extras but there isn’t a whole lot to hold on to in that department. Then again, considering this is the first time I had ever heard of Jake Speed I guess there isn’t a whole lot of stuff out there for this obscure flick. I’d say give it a watch and see what you think about it because it might do more for you than it did for me. But I found it a bit underwhelming.


– Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original 35mm interpositive
– Original lossless mono audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Paperback Wishes, Cinematic Dreams, a new interview with co-writer/producer/director Andrew Lane
– The Hard Way Reads Better, a new interview with producer William Fay
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

Quality of Transfer: 91%

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