Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 10th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1976
Director: Cliff Roquemore
Writers: Jerry Jones, Rudy Ray Moore, Jimmy Lynch
Cast: Rudy Ray Moore, Lady Reed, Jimmy Lynch, Gloria Delaney, Howard Jackson, Lord Java, Ernie Hudson, Jack Kelly
BluRay released: May 31st, 2016
Approximate running times: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it! This is what must have been the words going through the heads of those responsible for bringing The Human Tornado to the silver screen. And as a far as sequels go The Human Tornado never strays too far away from the ingredients that made its predecessor Dolemite a box office sensation.
Another area where this film follows where other sequels have traversed before it, including making everything bigger and better than its predecessor. And nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to the comedy set pieces. With a few of the more outlandish moments being a scene where Dolemite and three of his friends’ kidnap and steal a gay man’s car on their way to California. This scene also features some of the funniest lines in the film. Another standout comedy moment includes a scene where Dolemite destroys a bed while having sex with a white woman.
From a production stand point The Human Tornado is a more polished film than its predecessor and a lot credit for this should go to its director Cliff Roquemore. Also pacing is never an issue as things move along at a frantic momentum. And when it comes to the performances, it is hard not getting caught up in the cast’s enthusiasm. Overall The Human Tornado is one of those rare exceptions where the sequel is better than the film that preceded it.
The Human Tornado comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a brand new HD master has been created from restored 35mm elements. And though there is slightly more wear and tear on this source, then the source used for the Dolemite transfer. Where its matters most, colors, clarity, black levels and grain this transfer is on par with that aforementioned Dolemite transfer. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio, a DTS-HD mix in mono English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. Background noise is minimal and there are no issues with distortion, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Also the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented.
Extras for this release include, reversible cover art, a stills gallery, an option to listen to the soundtrack, a radio spot, trailers for Dolemite (2 minutes 55 seconds) and The Human Tornado (2 minutes 45 seconds), an audio interview with director Cliff Roquemore and martial artist / actor Howard Jackson, a German dubbed version of the film under the title Der Bastard (84 minutes 22 seconds – 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080 Progressive, in German no English subtitles), a featurette titled I, Dolemite Part II: The Human Tornado (17 minutes 45 seconds) and an audio commentary track with Rudy Ray Moore’s biographer Mark Jason Murray and co-star Jimmy Lynch.
Topics discussed in the audio interview include:
Cliff Roquemore: How he got the job directing The Human Tornado, locations featured in the film, trying to work around Ernie Hudson’s schedule and why they speed up the fight scenes.
Howard Jackson: His first impressions of Rudy Ray Moore’s fighting skills, his thoughts about Cliff Roquemore and the cast.
Topics discussed in the extra titled I, Dolemite Part II: The Human Tornado include, the origins of The Human Tornado, the look of the film and how there were three DOP, working with Cliff Roquemore and what he brought to the film, Ernie Hudson and why his brother was used as his stand in, locations featured in the film, how the film was an even bigger box office success then Dolemite and how Dimension Pictures bankruptcy affected additional sequels.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, how Jimmy got involved in the making of The Human Tornado, improvising verse staying with what is on the script, locations featured in the film, the cast and information about them, the score / music that appears in the film and set design.
Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall The Human Tornado gets an exceptional release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommend.