Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 13th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1987
Director: David A. Prior
Writer: David A. Prior
Cast: Edd Byrnes, Gail Fisher, Edy Williams, Lynda Aldon, William Zipp, Christine Lunde, Suzanne Tegmann, Marilyn Stafford, Paul Bruno, Bryan Clark
BluRay released: September 13th, 2016
Approximate running times: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Slasher Video / Martini Entertatinment / Olive Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Unable to take down a rouge agent that now works for the enemy. The government then recruits a former disgraced female agent and they give her free reign to assemble her twelve-woman crew made up of the violent criminals currently serving time in prison. Will this all women hit squad finally be able to end this sadistic rouge agents reign of terror or will he quickly dispose of them?
Mankillers was written and directed by David A. Prior, a prolific filmmaker whose other notable films include, Sledgehammer, Killer Workout and Deadly Prey.
Content wise, Mankillers is an all-female twist on the Dirty Dozen premise. And though there is an air of predictability to the story at hand. This does not slow down the narrative which moves along at a brisk momentum. With this film’s most surprising asset being its one dimensional performances which often provide much needed comical relief. Still not convinced? If you are a fan of wall to wall action, bad 1980’s fashion / hair styles and T & A. Then this film should be right up your alley!
Mankillers comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. This release has been flagged for progressive playback and the film is presented in its intended 1.35:1 aspect ratio. The transfer for this release was sourced from the best available elements a PAL to Beta SP master and then the source was upconverted to Blu-Ray and DVD specifications. Needless to say though the transfer at times can look rough, the end result is more than serviceable presentation. It should be noted that there is a noticeable sourced based tape defect that occurs around eight minute 35 seconds mark.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. There are no issues with background hiss and distortion is kept in check. Also dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. And range wise things sounds appropriately robust when they need too.
Extras for this release are limited too an image gallery and a trailer for the film.
Overall Slasher//Video gives Mankillers a strong audio / video presentation.
Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.