Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 27th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1982
Director: Edward D. Murphy
Writer: Edward D. Murphy
Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Geoffrey Binney, Hope Holiday, Jillian Kesner, John Dresden, Jennifer Holmes, Rey Malonzo, Camille Keaton, Vic Diaz
BluRay released: October 7th, 2014
Approximate running time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.98
Though this film has many elements that can be found in countless other films, one would find it an impossible task to find another movie that so effectively brings all of these elements together.
The first key to enjoying this film is to understand that this film has only one objective and that is to entering the masses. Trying to make sense of what is unfolding onscreen would be doing this film a great disservice.
The next area where this film holds up well and at times excels is how it understands its audience. And in this regard the film never strays too far away from its bread and butter gory action set pieces and plenty of T & A.
With that being said there are a few areas that this film is bound to test more than a few viewers patience. And these short comings include a slow moving opening act and wooden performances from the majority of the cast. Thankfully when it comes to the latter the lackluster performances are easy enough to overlook when one takes into account the insanity of what is unfolding onscreen.
The cast features a few recognizable faces like Cameron Mitchell (Toolbox Murders) in the role of the captain of the ship that is destroyed by mercenaries and Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave) in a cameo that is listed as girl in toilet. One performance of note, more because of the way they look is Ralph Lombardi in the role of the Hitler wearing mustache leader of the mercenaries.
Raw Force comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors look nicely saturated, black levels fare well and outside a few minor moments details generally look sharp. Grain look natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD Mono mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 17 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen), an audio interview with filmmaker Jim Wynorski (5 minutes 4 seconds) and a featurette titled ‘Destination Warriors Island’ (14 minutes 32 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) with comments from director Edward D. Murphy and cinematographer Frank Johnson.
Topics covered in the audio interview with Jim Wynorski include how he was brought in to re-edit the film to a more manage time length. Topics discussed in the featurette with Edward D. Murphy and Frank Johnson include, how they got involved in the project, working with producer Lawrence Woolner, casting and their thoughts on the cast and why a planned sequel was scrapped.
Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release. Overall Raw Force gets a first rate release from Vinegar Syndrome.