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Escape From The Bronx 
Written by: on April 29th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
Italy, 15th August 1983
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Writers: Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay), Tito Carpi (story & Screenplay)
Cast: Mark Gregory, Henry Silva, Antonio Sabato, Andrea Coppola, Giancarlo Prete, Ennio Girolami.

DVD released: December, 2009
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Shameless Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: The Bronx Warriors Trilogy Tin £29.99

Things aren’t going well for the people of the futuristic lawless Bronx. The Manhattan Corporation are sending in guys in silver spacesuits and TV detector vans to clear out the area for rebuilding, and as we learn during the hobo barbecue credits sequence, they aren’t asking nicely! Fear not, dimbo hero of the wasteland, Trash (Mark Gregory) is still alive and mincing. He’s fallen on hard times however, his Riders are all but gone and he makes a living selling ammo to what’s left of the rest of the gangs, now living underground and ruled by carrot munching hairy-armed circus strongman Dablone (Antonio Sabato). Plus the corporation still sends heavily armed assassins after him, lucky he’s got his trusty six shooter pistol, good for taking out helicopters with only a couple of shots it seems. And when he gets home he finds Mamma and Pappa Trash have been turned into crispy brown stains on the carpet.

As if all that isn’t bad enough here comes rat-faced, dead eyed corporation hired mercenary Wrangler (Henry Silva) and his men to demolish Trash’s home, while he’s still in it!  Time for Trash to call in the big guns. That’s right, a hermit called Strike (Giancarlo Prete) and his arsenist in training, 8 year old son Junior who tells Trash “Go back home fag” – I like him already! The plan is; kidnap the President (“of the USA? No, the Manhattan Corporation!”) and force him to turn his men back. So with a mouthy journalist in tow they set off to find ‘The Man’. Cue lots of running up and down sewers, explosions, stuntmen flipping through the air in slow motion and obligatory flamethrower action.

In comparison to The Bronx Warriors this sequel has a more straightforward and coherent plot. It’s not as stylish as it’s predecessor but I suppose it makes up for that by upping the action stakes. Highlights include – 30 years before current blockbuster Kick Ass, a little kid gets the highest body count in the film; with his IEDs, hand grenades and even a revolver, although his “Go to my ass!” comment was just wrong on so many levels. The cheesy dialogue “I’ll twist his balls off and shove em down his throat”. The brilliant scene in which the annoying journalist woman is dispatched “She’s got a gun!” (cheers from the audience surely). The ridiculously OTT explosions; Striker’s shotgun explodes cars as if it’s firing rockets and Trash’s six shooter appears to have infinite ammo. Henry Silva calmly radiating complete insanity. The title itself, nobody is actually escaping from the Bronx here, in fact they are fighting to stay!

The DVD:

‘Shameless Rebuild Edit believed to be the most complete ever’ this newly restored version contains an alternate credits sequence, two added scenes previously seen only on the German DVD release and a further three scenes that did not appear on the German release, thus making this the definitive edition. Pretty easy to spot these inserted scenes as their quality is invariably poor. Unfortunately the overall transfer doesn’t look anywhere near as good as the remastered Bronx Warriors. Anamorphic 2.35:1 again but this time there is intermittent grain and lack of clarity/faded colors. The soundtrack is clean but the dialogue suffers from being too quiet when compared to the score and background audio.

Extras: Another quite interesting Shameless Fact Track by Paul Alaoui. Brief intro to the disc, same as seen on Bronx Warriors, by Enzo (pretty much just a thumbs up!) and film trailers, alternate credits and 20 Shameless trailers.

Nobody takes out the Trash in this town!

Note: Escape from the Bronx is only available as part of a limited edition tin which also includes The New Barbarians and The Bronx Warriors.

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