Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 4th, 2018
Theatrical Release Date: Indonesia, 1989
Writer: Deddy Armand
Cast: Christopher Mitchum, Bill ‘Super Foot’ Wallace, Ida Iasha, Mike Abbott, Roy Marten, Peter O’Brian, August Melasz, Chandra Leo, Atin Martino, Edy S. Jonathan, Kiki Fatmala
DVD released: March 13th, 2018
Approximate running time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame
Rating: 16 (Netherlands)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English, Dutch
DVD Release: OMG entertainment / GGTMC / Camera Obscura
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL
Retail Price: 10.99 EUR
Lethal Hunter was directed by Arizal, whose other notable films include, The Stabilizer and The Final Score.
What Lethal Hunter lacks in regards to its plot, it more than makes up for with its non-stop action set pieces. And nowhere is more evident, then when it comes to the bombastic action set piece that opens this film. This opening moment sets the tone for the rest of the film.
The colorful cast of characters which populate this film is another area where this film delivers and then some. And performance wise, the entire cast are mesmerizing in their respective roles. With this film’s most memorable role being Bill ‘Super Foot’ Wallace (L.A. Streetfighters) in the role of Adam, the ringleader of a crime syndicate determined to obtain the top-secret microfilm. His character is batshit crazy and he performance perfectly capture his characters state of mind.
Another performance of note is Mike Abbott (City Hunter) in the role of Adam’s main henchmen. Not to be overlooked is Christopher Mitchum (Summertime Killer, Ricco the Mean Machine) in the role of an American agent named Jake Carver. And when his character is not kicking ass, he is delivering absurd lines of dialog.
Besides the aforementioned action set pieces. Other memorable moments include, a scene where Jake Carver and a woman he has rescued, take a romantic shower with their clothes on and a scene where Adam feeds two of his henchmen to dogs, for failing their mission. And this film’s saves its most explosive action set piece for its finale.
Lethal Hunter is presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio that appears to be an open matte presentation. Before the film, there is a disclaimer about the limitations of the analog source used for this transfer. This transfer is best described as serviceable. It should be noted that there are a few of instances where frames are repeated.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Background noise is minimal and dialog comes through clearly. Included with this release are two subtitle options, English and Dutch.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a booklet with liner notes by cult movie writer Zachary Kelley, a trailer for the film (3 minutes 9 seconds), an interview with actor Mike Abbott and an informative audio commentary with William Smith and Rick Peach from the movie podcast The Gentlemen’s guide to midnight cinema.
Topics discussed in the interview with Mike Abbott include, his origins as a actor, Lethal Hunter, actors Chris Mitcham and Bill Wallace, director Arizal, stunts and onset memories.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, Indonesia action cinema, Arizal, screenwriter Deddy Armand, Christopher Mitchum / the cast and their thoughts about the film.
Overall Lethal Hunter gets a strong release from OMG entertainment, highly recommend.