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Blade / Ring of Death

3 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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Double-bill of two Mystery feature films!BLADE (90min)First one features an all-star cast including John Marley as a rogue cop named BLADE who is trying to solve the murder of a congressman's (William Prince THE SOLDIER) daughter. A cold calculated killer (Jon Cypher SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION) is playing a cat and mouse game with the police. Co-starring Joe Santos (TV's ROCKFORD FILES) John Schuck Steve Landesburg (TV's BARNEY MILLER) Keene Curtis (ALICE) Michael McGuire (PARTNERS) Ted Lange (TV's LOVE BOAT) and Morgan Freeman (TV's SESAME STREET). This is shown un-cut for the first time ever on US home video!RING OF DEATH (90min)2nd feature is RING OF DEATH! Franco Nero (DJANGO) plays a detective hired by Adolfo Celi (THUNDERBALL) in this mystery crime thriller. Co-starring Florinda Bolkan (LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN) Delia Boccardo (TENTACLES) and funny man Renzo Palmer!Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: R Age: 851740003468 UPC: 851740003468 Manufacturer No: WARD008

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Marley, Franco Nero, Steve Landesburg, Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Ernest Pintoff, Romolo Guerrieri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052DG5PO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Blade: A unconventional detective is given the task of tracking the killer of a senator's daughter.

Content wise, Blade is a deliberately paced crime drama that opens and closes with a bang, while the in-between moments focus more on, who everyone is and what their motivations are? And while bulk of the film is spent with more character driven moments, it is the few moments of carnage along the way that keep up the momentum set in motion with the film's opening scene. A scene in which a young woman is ambushed right outside her door, by a man who unleashes his martial arts skills on her and bashes her head on the staircase railing and her front door.

Though the plot primarily focus on a detective named Blade looks for madman, who is going around New York city and brutalizing women. The is a secondary plot about a black man, who is arrested because he was the boyfriend of one of the victims and the last person to see her alive. This part of the plot is rooted in social commentary and as more bodies turn up, it becomes more and more apparent that the police have arrested the wrong man. Of course the police stubbornly refuse to admit that they may have been wrong, making their arrest appear all the more racially motivated
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Visually this film is just a step above what one would expect from T.V. movie, though the violent tone of this one would suggest otherwise. Another area in which this production comes up short is its corny dialog that is at times so bad, it is hard to believe anyone could have said with a straight face. This film's screenplay was co-written by Jeff Lieberman, a filmmaker in his own right who would go onto direct films like Blue Sunshine and Just Before Dawn.
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I'm a big fan of these 70s Italian crime flicks but both of these movies felt lacklustre to me. Not sure why. Perhaps I just wasn't in the right mood when I sat down to watch them. I found Blade painfully slow and boring and Ring of Death convoluted and mildly entertaining. Ring of Death was my favourite of the two and I never tire of seeing the 70s fashion and decor in these movies but the stories bored me. Another couple of beers might have helped. :)
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