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Hunter 
Written by: on December 22nd, 2015


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2015
Director: Gregory Hatanaka
Writers: Ron Becks, Azad Mayi, Salih Mayi
Cast: Ron Becks, Kristine DeBell, George Lazenby, Magda Marcella, Megan Renee Kim, Laurene Landon

DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Approximate Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98


Synopsis: A moment of crisis puts Lt. Ramsey Hunter’s life in danger, after living years dangerously close to the edge.

Hunter was directed by Gregory Hatanaka who’s other notable films as a director include, Mad Cowgirl and Violent Blue. The cast for Hunter features several recognizable faces like George Lazenby (Who Saw Her Die? Stoner) in the role of a corrupt general, Kristine DeBell (Alice in Wonderland, Cheerleaders Wild Weekend) in the role of Goodwill, her character is Hunters superior officer and Laurene Landon (Hundra, Maniac Cop) in the role of Major Sintel.

To say that this film plot was convoluted would be an understatement and there are at least three sizable narratives which overlap each other throughout the film. With all three narratives revolve around Lt. Ramsey Hunter. The first of these three narratives explores his life as in law enforcement and how he has been stealing money from criminals to help pay the mortgage for his girlfriend’s orphanage. The second of these three narratives puts the focus on Hunter’s attempt at trying to take down a corrupt general. And the third of these three narratives show yet another side of Hunter who has taken in a run away. Unknown to him is her trouble past where she has left a trail of dead besides behind her.

Narrative issues aside there are several other areas where this film just does not gel. Most notably this film’s inability to maintain any kind of momentum. Fortunately when it comes to pacing there are no major issues, since this film’s narrative moves along so quickly from one moment to the next. Unfortunately this does not left what could have been key moments fully resonate. Other areas where things go awry include, like there is an inconsistency when it comes to the visuals, crudely executed special effects and an ending that is somehow even more confusing then everything which preceded it.

The DVD:

Cinema Epoch presents Hunter in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. The image looks crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate and black levels fare well.

This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clear, balanced and robust when they need too.

Extras for this release include, an image gallery with music from the film playing in the background, a trailer for the film (1 minute 21 seconds) and an interview with screenwriter Salih Mayi (7 minutes 34 seconds).

Topics discussed in the interview include, how he and his brother Azad conceived the original concept that evolved into a screenplay, how they were able to raise the finances needed to make this film, who this film was shoot in Hollywood, music used in the film, the cast, his responsibilities as one of the film’s producers and his future filmmaking plans.

Other extras include trailers for Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance and Secrets of a Psychopath. Overall Hunter gets a strong release from Cinema Epoch.

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