Escape From The Bronx (1982)
By: Mr Intolerance on June 26, 2008  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
Stomp Visual (Australia). All Regions, NTSC. 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 2.0. English subtitles. 82 minutes
The Movie
Credits
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Starring: Mark Gregory, Henry Silva, Valeria d'Obici, Giancarlo Prete, Paolo Malco, Ennio
Screenplay: Enzo G. Castellari, Tito Carpi
Country: Italy
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Okay, so the inhabitants of the Bronx – a lawless no-man's land – are going to be relocated to New Mexico, or that's what the government want you to believe. But Trash (that walking bunch of pectorals – honestly, he looks like a condom full of walnuts) isn't buying it. This seems like a different Bronx from the first film, nowhere near as comic book feeling. And the whole tone of the film is different, for that matter. I guess it might be due to the Vic Morrow/Fred Williamson-sized hole left by the climax of the original film.

The government wants the Bronx empty. They want to develop and do all the horrible governmenty things that politicians want to do to the prolertariat. And that just ain't gonna happen. Enter regular Italo-bad guy Henry Silva (Cry of A Prostitute, Weapons of Death), as Wrangler, the ruthless 'street-cleaner' with an eye for genocide. He and his troupe of silver-suited cronies, the Disinfestation Annihilation Squad, mooch around town with flame-throwers and machine-guns making sure the area is "evacuated".

Of course, one of their first mistakes is to turn Trash's ma and pa into human toasties. Basically, this is the kind of act guaranteed to piss a young malcontent-around-town off. As you might guess, Trash takes this rather personally, and decides to do something about it.
 
Trash and gang-leader and all-round kingpin Dablone (aided and abetted by an extremely annoying female journalist out to discredit the guy in charge of the development, Henry G Clark, head of the T.C. Corporation – who appears to be played by the same guy who played Ann's father in 1990: Bronx Warriors) lead the Bronx rebels against Wrangler's troops in a fight against The Man. And there is some admirable carnage, altough it's not quite up to the standard of the first Bronx Warriors film. Mind you, the shoot-outs aren't as few and far between.  

Trash and the irritating bitch enlist the help of Strike, a master criminal, to kidnap the President of the T.C. Corporation to hold for ransom, so as to make sure the Bronx stays as is. Cue: action!
 
I enjoyed this film quite a great deal, although it does have its drawbacks. Like the other Castellari flicks I've seen, there is a fair bit of homoeroticism (I have no idea if this was intentional or not), and the slow motion 'guys flying through the air' explosion sequences did start to become a little repetitive – that said, there are some cool shoot-outs and action scenes, some laughably awful dialogue (in a good way), and a quite tongue-in-cheek feel to the whole thing which made it sit pretty easily with this little black duck.

Now where's my copy of Warriors of the Wasteland…  
Video
A relatively sharp picture, presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio with some irritating crackle and grain. There are also a few sections where it would appear that footage has come from a completely different source, the colour being either suddenly washed out or more vibrant than the majority of the film.
Audio
The 2.0 mono presentation is fine, though nothing to write home about.
Extra Features
Only a slideshow. A fucking slideshow. I JUST WATCHED THE MOVIE!  Why the hell would I need to see a slideshow?
The Verdict
Movie Score
Disc Score
Overall Score
It's not a terribly good copy of the film, but I still think that the cheesy good fun on display is worthy of a 3 out of 5. It holds some definite re-watch value, but nowhere near as much as its far superior predecessor. Still, it needs to be in your collection if you dig post-apocalyptic action films, or Italian cheese in general. Get the beers in, get your mates around and enjoy!

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