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Dangerous Men (2005/Alamo Drafthouse Films Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B/C+ Extras: B Film: C+

John S. Rad's Dangerous Men (2005) is a fun exploitation film that somehow took 26 years to produce, is here in the deluxe edition format from Drafthouse Films. For fans of the 1970s grindhouse cycle, this film is a good replication that is packed full of murder, sex, guns, fighting, and mayhem and would definitely play well in a drive-in theater or a normal theater atmosphere, as there are plenty of 'audience reaction' points. This deluxe edition is packed with extras, great packaging and even a sixteen page insert booklet with an interview with Rad.

Part revenge story, as mostly films in this genre are, a young woman named Mina witnesses her fiance's vicious murder by beach thugs, and sets out on a killing spree in Los Angeles. With a knife, a gun, and her vengeance she marks her mark all along being following by a cop and an evil under lord known as 'Black Pepper'. The film stars Melody Wiggins, Michael Gradilone, and Bryan Jenkins amongst a cast of mostly unknowns.

Presented in high definition with a 1080p widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a English lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 track, the film looks excellent and sounds pretty good on Blu-ray. The DVD included is presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 along with the same lossy English Dolby Digital 2.0 track, which doesn't sound as good as the Blu-ray because it has more breathing room and seemingly a slightly better bitrate. Also included is a digital copy.

Special Features:

- 16-page booklet featuring only documented full-length interview with John S. Rad

- Audio commentary featuring Destroy All Movies authors Zack Carlson and Bryan Connelly

- That's So John Rad - An original documentary about the film and its original 2005 theatrical release

- Rare footage of John S. Rad appearing on local access television

- Interview with Director of Photography Peter Palian

- Original theatrical trailer

- Trailers

Much like the recent Grindhouse film and the Machete series, the retro tone of the film works, as do the subpar special effects and over the topness of it all. While the story is pretty much a rehash of the revenge story, there is enough fun moments throughout to keep you entertained.

- James Lockhart



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