Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 29th, 2015
BluRay released: October 27th, 2015
Approximate running times: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English, French
BluRay Release: Artsploitation Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $22.99
Synopsis: An underground comic book artist named Travis has his hand drawing hand amputated by a China town crime boss, who is infuriated by a less then flattering deception of him in one of Travis’s comic’s.
Though this film and its content lean more towards humor. To simply classify this film as a comedy would being doing this film a great injustice! For instance when this film is not trying to be funny, then it is trying to gross you out with visually or with its subversive subject matter. And not to get lost in the shuffle is how masterfully this film gets its message about the dangers of censorship.
From a production stand point the film’s narrative is well constructed and pacing is never an issues as things are always moving along briskly. And when it comes to visuals, this is yet another area where this film excels. With this film’s standout moment visually being the scene where Travis has his hand sawed off.
And not to be overlooked are the highly entertaining performances from the entire cast, especially Adam Boys in the role of Travis. Other standout performances comes from Kasey Ryne Mazak in the role of the Leonard Fong, the Chinatown crime boss that Travis depicts in a negative way in his comic book. And Dwayne Bryshun in the role of Homo Dynamous, a vigilante who dresses up in bondage gear.
Bloody Knuckles comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Flesh tones look accurate, colors look nicely saturated, black and contrast levels look consistently strong and details look sharp throughout. Also there are no issues with compression or DNR.
This release comes with three audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There are no issues with any of these three audio tracks. The strongest of the three is DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English. Dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced. When it comes to range and depth this audio mix delivers the goods. Also included with this release are two subtitle options, English and French.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 51 seconds), three deleted scenes, two short films also directed by Matt O’Mahoney – the first short film titled ‘Adjust Tracking’ (5 minutes 10 seconds) and the second short film titled ‘Electric Fence’ (17 minutes 42 seconds), four interviews – the first interview with screenwriter / director Matt O’Mahoney (7 minutes 8 seconds), the second interview / segment is with Matt O’Mahoney who visits Diabolik DVD (5 minutes 43 seconds), the third interview is with Robin Bougie creator of Cinema Sewer (8 minutes 39 seconds) and the fourth interview is with Josh Schafer creator of Lunchmeat (4 minutes 31 seconds) and an audio commentary with Matt O’Mahoney.
Topics discussed in the interview with Matt O’Mahoney include, two shorts O’Mahoney directed Electric Fence and Adjust Tracking, how he came up with the idea / premise for Bloody Knuckles, censorship and his disdain for it, his ability to effortlessly find humor in offensive subject matter and what he was trying to achieve with Bloody Knuckles.
Topics discussed in the interview / segment at Diabolik DVD include, the origins of Diabolik DVD and how the grey market brought more attention to films that were never officially released in the USA.
Topics discussed in the interview with Robin Bougie include, Cinema Sewer, Mike Diana and how his own fight with censorship inspired Bloody Knuckles.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary with Matt O’Mahoney include, the opening credits, difficulties that arose during filming, locations featured in the film, special effects, drawing the comics that appear in the film, why scenes removed from the final edit, censorship and various other production related topics.
Rounding out the extras is alternate cover art and trailers for other titles also available from Artsploitation Films. Overall Bloody Knuckles gets an exceptional release from Artsploitation Films.
Note: Artsploitation Films are also releasing this film on DVD.