Man run over in a phone booth buy a bulldozer. A park assassination courtesy of a bazooka. A horrified meter maid watches a guy get his brains beat in. A Kung Fu Fight to the death before a female crime lord in a bad wig. Sound amazing? It is, and to make it even better that all happens in like the first 10 minutes. That's right 10min there is still an hour and 15min left of DEATH MACHINES!
Death Machines is the story of Madame Lee a crime boss who want more power. She oversees the fights mentioned in the beginning paragraph and assembles a trio of 3 fighters she dubs her "Death Machines" She has them injected with a serum that makes them stronger and bulletproof.
Things go according to plan until they kill everyone in a dojo except for Frank, the man with one hand. He teams up with the police who also know kung-fu and who are also out for revenge to take down Madame Lee and her Death Machines.
This movie is amazing, it always has been a favorite of mine. Now as you can probably tell by reading the synopsis its not exactly high brow on plot, nor is it on budget. Its a cheaply made film that gained notoriety on the Grindhouse circuit. Quentin Tarantino has even professed love for this film.
The fights are laughable in the old fashioned Kung Fu Theater way with overblown sound effects and poor dubbing but it works wonders in this. In fact had it have been made as a serious film it probably would have stunk. No this is a true tongue in cheek classic to say the least.
Long sought after for years on video it has finally been released by our friends over at Vinegar Syndrome have released it in a full 4K transfer that is a must own for fans of 70's kung fu films. Special Features include
• All extras on both disc formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned & restored in 4k from 35mm Techniscope camera negative • Commentary track with director Paul Kyriazi
• Director introduction
• Video interview with actor Michael Chong
• Audio interview with actor Joshua Johnson
• Trims / outtakes
• Original theatrical trailer
• Teaser trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles
If you have never seen this before now is your chance, and if you remember it from the 70's here's your chance to own a perfect version of the film
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!