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Der Samurai (2014/Artsploitation Films Blu-ray)

Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C Film: C+

A young policeman has the weirdest night of his life when he meets a cross-dressing, sword-wielding psychopath. What ensues then is a night of chaos and dead bodies. As Officer Joseph attempts to catch him before he strike again, he begins to develop a strange bond with him. Is he trying to catch him or is he the one to being caught?

In Till Klienert's Der Samurai (2014), 'Lonely Wolf' Officer Joseph (Michel Diercks) is under appreciated by his boss, laughed at the public with his methods of keeping the peace. When he delivers a package from a cross-dressing psychopath (Pit Bukowski), he is questioned why does he stand for them, why does he protect those who don't even respect him? Why not give in to his animalistic side, his dark urges and kill those who stand in his way? As a policeman he must disagree and catch him, as man (who likes to think he is a wolf among other things; something more is going on believe it or not) he can't help but be tempted.

Be warned!... there is a full frontal male erection scene that has been much discussed among those who have seen this; trust a German movie to be unafraid to show the male penis (God, it's big). While this tale was macabre, other than a sword being in the narrative, I would argue it had nothing to do with a samurai or being one. It has no code of honor, but just a crazy guy who gets sexually aroused by killing, trying to convert/flirt with a policeman. Now you can see this one for yourself and see if you can figure it out.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot on lesser HD cameras, so the image quality is not great, but a but above a DVD. As for sound, the package says it has only a lossy Dolby Digital German 5.1 mix, but we also get a better, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix that is barely better than the image. The low budget shows. Extras includes an audio commentary track by Director Kleinert and producer Linus de Paoli, behind the scenes, and trailer.

- Ricky Chiang


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