Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 21st, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1989
Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Writers: Gay Partington Terry, Lloyd Kaufman, Pericles Lewnes, Fumio Furuya, Yoshiko Miyamoto, Andrew Wolk, Phil Rivo, Joe Ritter
Cast: Ron Fazio, John Altamura, Phoebe Legere, Rick Collins, Rikiya Yasuoka, Mayako Katsuragi, Michael Jai White
BluRay released: April 14th, 2015
Approximate running times: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 720 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo English
BluRay Release: Troma Entertainment
Region Coding: Region Free / NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: In order to complete their plans of turning Tromaville into a toxic landfill. An evil corporation concocts a distraction for the Toxic Avenger that will take him to Tokyo in search of his long lost father.
The first thing that grabs you while watching The Toxic Avenger II, is how drastically different tone wise it is when compared to its predecessor. Where humor plays a role in the first film, things have been turned up to eleven and then some for this sequel. Which ultimately takes away from the impact of the humor that runs rampant throughout.
Of course gore makes a return for this sequel and though there are a few gruesome moments. These moments lack the potency that they had in spades in The Toxic Avenger. With that being said, one of the few enjoyable moments in this film is when the Toxic Avenger is forced to face a series of colorful villains (including his father?), who all have their own distinctive way of fighting. The Toxic Avenger’s fight scene with the character who claims to be his father is without a doubt this film’s most memorable moment.
Not all sequels are created equal. And in the case of The Toxic Avenger II, it is the often maligned sequel to what is arguably Troma Entertainment’s most revered film The Toxic Avenger. And the end result is a super-sized caricature that tries very hard to recapture the essence of what made its predecessor so successful.
The Toxic Avenger Part II comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Though Troma is using the same source that they supplied 88 Films. These are two completely different encodes as Troma’s file size for the feature film is about 16.2 GB, while 88 Films file size for the feature film is about 27.2 GB. And as confounding as the differences inn these two releases file sizes, this is not the last of differences since the Troma transfer is presented in 720 progressive, while 88 Films transfer is in the 1080 progressive. To compare these two transfer anymore would be futile.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD stereo mix in English. And once again here is another area where Troma is not exactly the same as the aforementioned 88 Films release which presents the audio in a LPCM format and when Japanese was spoken English subtitles have been included for that release. For this release from Troma the have omitted the Japanese dialog by overdubbing what is being said in English. Quality wise the Troma mix is in great shape as dialog always clear and everything sounds balanced. Also the sound effects and the film’s score sounds appropriately robust.
Extras include a trailers for The Toxic Avenger (3 minutes 11 seconds), The Toxic Avenger Part II (2 minutes 19 seconds), The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (3 minutes), Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV (3 minutes 28 seconds), Troma Wars (2 minutes 46 seconds), Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (3 minutes 35 seconds), Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2 (1 minute 48 seconds) and Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 (3 minutes 24 seconds).
Other extras include an introduction before the film with Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma and creator of the Toxic Avenger (3 minutes 6 seconds), an interview with actress Lisa Gaye titled ‘Thoughts from the arch villainess’ (2 minutes 15 seconds), a brief segment titled ‘The American Cinematheque Honors 40 Years of Troma’ (2 minutes 3 seconds), a faux interview with the Toxic Avenger (3 minutes 51 seconds), an interview with actress Mayako Katsuragi from Japanese T.V. who discusses The Toxic Avenger 2 (3 minutes 7 seconds) and an audio commentary with Lloyd Kaufman who discusses issues that this film faced in regards to censorship and the differences between the various edits of this film.
Also included with this combo is a DVD copy of the film and just like previous Troma combo’s said DVD is a not a brand new DVD, but a left over copy from this film’s previous DVD release. Overall another disappointing Troma release that fails to take full advantage of the Blu-Ray format.