Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 17th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Indonesia, 1981
Director: Sisworo Gautama Putra
Cast: Barry Prima, Eva Arnaz, W.D. Mochtar, Dana Christina, Dicky Zulkarnaen, Rukman Herman
DVD released: November 18th, 2008
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Mondo Macabro
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: When word spreads about an impending Indonesian revolt, the Dutch occupiers set their sights on eliminating the leader of the rebellion Jaka Sembung once and for all.
The plot for The Warrior is a melting pot of the outlandish and the bizarre. The plot features a hero crucified and later turned into a pig. Body parts are dismembered and reattached with ease. When Jaka Sembung has his eyes crushed in their sockets he is given the eyes of one of his recently deceased followers. Now that is devotion. The plot revolves around the oppressive Dutch occupiers and a hero named Jaka Sembung who is a thorn int heir side. The plot is fast moving and filled with wall to wall craziness.
The Warrior was directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra whose other notable films include Primitives and The Snake Queen. The Warrior also reteams Sisworo Gautama Putra who had previously worked with Barry Prima on the film Primitives. The Warrior is first and foremost a show piece for the undeniable talents of the charismatic Barry Prima. Out of all the characters that Barry Prima would play throughout his career his is most identified with Jaka Sembung character. All around the cast are very good in their respective roles with the standout performance coming from W.D. Mochtar. Ultimately The Warrior is an action packed adventure that has just right amount of bloodshed and insanity.
Mondo Macabro presents The Warrior in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The film opens with a disclaimer from Mondo Macabro about the quality of the transfer having some minor flaws due to the source materials that exits for this film. Overall this is another first rate progressive flagged transfer that is on par with Mondo Macabro’s other Indonesian DVD releases.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital Stereo English mix. Outside of some minor instances of hiss the audio sound clear and evenly balanced.
Extras for this release include trailers for The Warrior and three other Indonesian films, Ghost Train, 40 Days the Rise of Evil and Ghost with Hole. Other extras include bios for Barry Prima and Eva Arnaz and an essay about the film written by Pete Tombs. The main extras for this release are two interviews. The first interview is a twelve minute discussion with producer Gope T. Samtani and the second interview is a ten minute discussion with screenwriter Imam Tamtow. All around there is a nice selection of extra content that covers not only the film but other aspects of the Indonesian film industry. Rounding out the extras is the Mondo Macabro preview trailer which includes clips from titles they have currently released or about to release. Overall The Warrior is another exceptional release from Mondo Macabro who once agai8n rescue another oddity from obscurity.