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4.3 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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An out-of work merchant seaman single-handedly tames a powerful street gang ("The Souls") that has been terrorizing his neighborhood on New York City's Lower East Side.

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  • Actors: Jan Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Art Carney
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Writers: Thomas Michael Donnelly
  • Producers: Robert J. Wunsch, William S. Gilmore, Jr., Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ULEEIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's a shame that this movie is so relatively unknown and barely seen on TV anymore. Anyone who is a fan of gritty, urban flicks set in NYC in the '70s and early '80s ("Death Wish," "Taxi Driver," "Gloria," "Fort Apache, the Bronx," etc.) should definitely check out 1979's "Defiance," starring Jan Michael Vincent as Tom Gamble, a merchant seaman who is forced to reside in Manhattan's Lower East Side until he can find employment on another ship. As it turns out, the Lower East Side (or "L.E.S." as it has come to be known over the years by its actual residents) is run by a vicious street gang known as the Savage Souls, and it isn't long before Gamble and the Souls are at odds with each other, culminating in a brutal (and very realistically-staged) fight between Gamble and the gang's leader in the hallways and stairways of a housing project .
As a Puerto Rican who has lived in Manhattan all of his life, I'll be the first to admit that there are hints of prejudice throughtout the movie: Like other vigilante films of the same era ("Death Wish," "Fighting Back," "Vigilante,"), the protagonist is a white man who is going to "clean up the streets" by taking on out-of-control minorities who have become too much of a problem for the the police to handle (in this case, it is the Souls, a mostly Puerto Rican gang led by the not-so-Puerto Rican actor Rudy Ramos).
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I saw this on cable TV many times, I even had it recorded on my DVR box, until the hard drive went out. I was glad when I saw it finally available on DVD. I'm puzzled though as to why it was released on a DVD-R format. I'm sure that this film was popular (at least in cult status), to warrant a release on standard DVD. The film print that this was copied from looks kind of grainy at times (the version on cable looked a lot sharper and richer), but the overall sound is good. I'm just glad to finally have it on DVD, period.
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By Zeke on June 7, 2012
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This is one of those films that is something of a walking contradiction. Some of the acting is not exactly top shelf. The story line is a little weak. However, in my opinion this is one of the two best performances that Jan Michael Vincent ever gave. He is backed up by a very good cast of outstanding character actors. The music sets the stage for the suspense and the action is good without being grisly. This may not be high art, but it perhaps serves a higher purpose. When you come home from a brutal day and you don't want to think...you just want to be entertained....see the downtrodden guy win....see someone beat the odds.....put this movie in your player, unplug your brain, crack a cold one, lean back and enjoy the ride. It's stress management at its best and, in the end, a well made, "feel good" movie.
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This was a "manufactured on demand" product and the quality of the packaging is first rate. The quality of the film transfer itself is quite lacking, which is to be expected for such an obscure film from the '80s, but it is good enough. The film is your typical "good guy vs. bad guys" revenge movie, but it's fun. If you like watching WWE events, you will probably like this as well.
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Why is it that other less works get a dvd release and this does not?
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Saw this on HBO when I was 16, Loved it ! the scene where the old punch drunk fighter, Wacko, puts his trunks and robe on and wraps his hands to go fight the gang broke my heart, even though they snuffed him out he got in a few bombs. This is the movie hollyweird needs to remake, not all the comic book /super hero crap. Trust me, everyones sick of all that. Remake this movie and give Jan Michael a cameo, he could use the help. Cheers....
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I 've been meaning to add this movie to my collection for years. It is one of Jan Michael Vincent's best. I know the movies is populated by archetypes but I don't care. This is a movie in the vein of the Death Wish series and a good one at that. I was eagerly anticipating the final confrontation between Vincent and the leader of the souls gang. The people of the neighborhood finally realizing that they would have to fight to take back their neighborhood touches a cord with me. If you enjoyed the Warriors buy this film.
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Format: Blu-ray
Kicked off the ship he was working on for fighting, Tommy Gamble is forced to take up temporary residence in one of New York’s most violent neighborhoods. Well waiting for his next assignment, Tommy has a brief encounter with Angel Cruz, leader of the neighborhood street gang called the souls while he’s shopping for groceries. For Tommy Gamble the plan is simple, get out of New York City as soon as possible. Tommy Gamble is an outsider and he really tries hard not to involve himself with the gang problem plaguing the neighborhood but he soon realizes that he must fight back. Can Tommy Gamble stand up against the souls and survive? Will the neighborhood come together to help him? You’ll have to buy your own copy to find out.

Video Quality 4/5
Ok! Either the print from Kino Lorber was in really good condition to begin with or they spent some money cleaning it up for this Blu-ray release. The 1:85.1 transfer from Kino Lorber is in remarkable condition and I didn’t notice any print damage at all. The image is sharp and clear and better looking than I expected. The transfer does show a little fading with respect to the colors but overall, they look pretty darn good and the skin complexions seemed very natural looking as well.

Audio quality 3.5/5
When it comes to the soundtrack, its hit and miss. The 2.0 DTS-HD MA sound does an adequate job but with some tweaking a new 5.1 track would have sounded much better. Don’t get me wrong, the dialogue comes through clear and consistent for the most part but there’s a couple times when the dialogue is a bit muddled due to other sounds or music playing at the same time. Other than my nit picking, I didn’t find any major problems with the audio at all.
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