Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 19th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: South Africa / USA, 1981
Director: Ivan Hall
Writer: John Crowther
Cast: James Ryan, Anneline Kriel, Michael Mayer, Marloe Scott Wilson, Bill Flynn, Ken Gampu, Stan Schmidt, Norman Robinson, John Ramsbottom
DVD released: August 21st, 2012
Approximate running time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: When a prominent Doctor is abducted, his daughter enlists the help of team of deadly martial artists to help rescue him from the clutches of a evil mastermind.
Reportedly Kill and Kill Again is the sequel to the 1976 martial arts films Karate Killer. Though the protagonist has a different last in each film (his first name in both films is Steve). Other things which also link these two films is that they both share the same director Ivan Hall and the protagonist in both films is portrayed by James Ryan.
Content wise, Kill and Kill Again treads well worn ground that countless other martial arts films have covered in many instances more effectively. Besides the predictability of the plot. Other areas in which this film is often lacking includes the wooden performances from its cast and its mediocre martial arts sequences.
With that being said, this film is far from a total waste and actually somehow manages to be entertaining throughout despite its short comings. Also there is something oddly endearing about films that are so bad they are good and this film fits firmly into this category.
Scorpion Releasing presents Kill and Kill Again in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this films intended aspect ratio. The source materials used of this transfer look very good, as colors are nicely saturated, details look crisp and there are no problems with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 36 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a audio interview with actor James Ryan (44 minutes), on camera interview with screenwriter John Crowther (23 minutes 43 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a isolated music score audio track. Both of the interviews give a well rounded overview into each of the participants careers and their thoughts about working on Kill and Kill Again. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Scorpion Releasing. Overall Kill and Kill Again gets a strong release from Scorpion Releasing that is highlighted by a pair of insightful extras.