Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 23rd, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: Australia, 2000
Director: Mark Savage
Cast: Paul Moder, Carolyn Bock, Kevin Hopkins, Don Bridges, Dawn Klingberg, Helen Hopkins, Emma-Rose Hillary, Len Steel, Arthur Serevetas, Frank Bren
DVD released: April 24th, 2007
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Subversive Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Sensitive New Age Killer: Paul as a young boy witnessed the notorious hit man “The Snake” kill a few lowlifes and since that moment he has dedicated his life to cleaning up the streets of all evil doers. Helping Paul with contract killings is his best friend George who has been having an affair with Paul’s wife. George not waiting to share Paul’s wife with him anymore concocts various schemes to have him killed and make it look like an accident. Luck seems to be on Paul’s side as he survives all the traps George lays for him. In walk’s Paul’s boy hood idol” The Snake” who now stands in between Paul and his place in hit man history.
Sensitive New Age Killer is equal parts film noir and a comedy send up of the genre. The films use of the action genre clichés and how they put their own spin of the genre is what makes this film so engaging. Mark Savage’s direction is spot on as he manages to recreate jaw dropping action sequences like John Woo and Quentin Tarantino. There are several stand out shoot outs with the one that takes place in an abandoned building during the later half of the film featuring some of the most memorable bullet ballet to grace any silver screen since the demise of Hong Kong bloodshed films in the early 1990’s.
The acting all around is superb with each character given just the right amount of character background. Paul Moder is mesmerizing as the films lead character a hit man named Paul. It is his brooding and yet subtle take on the character that drives the story and keeps everything in line. The film also sports a playful version an Ennio Morricone song from his score for the 1963 western Gunfight at Red Sands. One minor quip is that the film tends to spend to much time on the its numerous sex scenes and the various characters sexual fetishes like a son who loves his mother a bit to much. Ultimately despite some of its flaws SNAK is Mark Savage’s best film to date.
Sensitive New Age Killer is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. Colors look vivid with colors gels being used to great effect through out the film. Black levels look solid and detail remains sharp and stable through out. The source material used for this transfer is nearly flawless.
This release comes with one audio option its original English language in a Dolby Digital stereo. Dialog is crystal clear and there are no problems with audio defects. The special effects and music sound evenly balanced and never distorted.
Extras for this release include bios for the cast and crew and a one and half minute stills gallery that plays like a featurette and DVD credits menu that lists everyone associated with this DVD release. Other extras include a thirty nine minute documentary titled “SNAK a Post Mortem” which includes interviews with Mark Savage, Paul Moder, Carolyn Bock, Kevin Hopkins, Helen Hopkins, Colin Savage, David Richardson and Frank Bren. The cast and crew all have many great stories to tell and fond memories working on SNAK. Rounding out the extras is an audio commentary with Mark Savage and David Richardson. This audio commentary is another strong extra that adds more insight into the making of SNAK. Also include with this release are trailers for Marauders, Sensitive New Age Killer, Defenceless and trailers for other titles released by Subversive Cinema. Rounding out the extras is a booklet that includes a production diary form director Mark Savage for the film Defenceless.
Sensitive New Age Killer is re-released with the same audio/video/extras that where included on its original release as part of Subversive Cinema’s superb Savage Sinema from Down Under box set. So pick this one up ASAP is you if you missed out on it previous release.
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