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Laser Mission (UK PAL Region 0) (1989)

Brandon Lee , Debi Monahan , BJ Davis  |  DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brandon Lee, Debi Monahan, Ernest Borgnine
  • Directors: BJ Davis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Elstree Hill
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD is a UK release, (PAL Region 0 DVD) it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need a multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada. A CIA agent is sent to Cuba to pick up one of the world's greatest authorities on lasers. He must get to him and smuggle him out of the country before the KGB, ensuring this is a race for world power. Brandon Lee ... Michael Gold Debi Monahan ... Alissa Ernest Borgnine ... Prof. Braun Graham Clarke ... Col. Kalishnakov Werner Pochath ... Eckhardt Pierre Knoessen ... Mañuel Maureen Lahoud ... Sgt. Roberta Written by David A Frank & Philip Gutteridge Directed by BJ Davis DVD 5: PAL: Colour

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for fans of Brandon Lee July 14, 2003
This movie was made close enough to the 80s when all the best action movies were made, and it shows. Brandon Lee fans don't have a large list of movies to choose from, so I was pleased to find out that in this movie he doesn't disappoint. He shows a lot of his good natured personality and sense of humor in the film, which is great to see. There is some slapstick humor thrown in, and that takes some of the edge off of the sometimes violent action. In the action department this movie rivals Showdown in Little Tokyo with gunplay, knife fighting, and physical fighting. There is a good amount of Brandon in the movie, so fan's of his will not want to miss this one. The film is not as slickly shot as Rapid Fire, but I woulndn't compare this film to that one, because they were made four years apart, and the action type movies were starting to change [around 1994], so I view this as kind of a 1980's style action movie (the film was made in 1990, so it just makes the cut). There's something about that style of movie that is still nice to see.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
If you value the memory of Brandon Lee (and even if you don't) do yourself a favor and don't watch this movie. I give it two stars overall, but the second star is for extraordinary and unintentional comedy. The film opens with the monotonous and annoying power ballad "Mercenary Man" (the handiwork, I hate to reveal, of David Knopfler, Mark's younger brother) a song that fits the theme of the film, yet is played so often in the course of the movie that you will want to scream if you hear it one more time. Unfortunately for the viewer, the theme song is by far the best part of the movie.

The plot concerns Brandon Lee as Michael Gold, a mercenary US contract agent who travels to Cuba and then onward to some fictional country in Africa (though exactly how he gets there is a bit of a mystery.) This is all in an attempt to bring Ernest Borgnine (as Professor Braun) to the United States as he has developed a method of using a big diamond (which gets a subplot of it's own in an apparent homage to the original "Pink Panther") to make a laser that can start World War Three. Needless to say, Ernest (who has the worst accent in the history of cinema) is also wanted by the KGB led by the stiflingly bad Col. Kalishnakov (named for a similarly-named Soviet-manufactured combat weapon, evidently), and the amorphously evil "Eckhardt" who is menacing with his over-the-top pseudo-Austrian accent and diction skills. Think of William Shatner as an insane, evil member of the SS and you will come close to the degree of overacting present here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wanted: Morto Ou Vivo!... July 27, 2005
Whew doggies! This one's up there with Nasty Rabbit on the stink-o-meter! Superspy and international man of mystery, Michael Gold (Brandon "The Crow" Lee) must save Dr. Braun (Ernest "Devil's Rain" Borgnine) from the clutches of an evil austrian guy named Eckhardt, who has a human head collection in his family room. Eckhardt has also stolen the world's biggest diamond in order to make a deadly laser (which never even comes close to actually happening). Gold travels from Cuba to Africa, apparently via astral-projection, as he simply appears there; where he encounters Braun's daughter, Alissa, who is either a dim-witted superspy herself, or a dim-witted, frizzy blonde bimbette with ever-popping soap bubbles in her skull. Gold and Alissa secure a VW hippie-van loaded with guns and explosives, and tear around shooting and blowing up stuntmen until being blown up themselves (the van that is). Most of the action takes place in the desert, where austrian thugs come at our heroes one at a time, seemingly from nowhere, on foot and on horseback! The whole thing culminates in a sub-par climax at a diamond mine. Watch as Gold is shot in the back, a through-and-through wound that most certainly mulches his liver! Watch as he gets better, without so much as a band-aid! He's tough! Given the choice between watching this again or being roasted alive, I'd put an apple in my mouth and head for the barbecue pit! Take heed...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously awful and awfully hilarious May 28, 2008
Given the tragic circumstances of his untimely death, not to mention the deep respect I have for his father, I feel sort of bad about denigrating one of Brandon Lee's films (albeit, one of his earliest films). Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that Laser Mission exists solely to be made fun of, as it's such a hilariously bad movie. The plot barely holds the whole thing together, the acting is pretty weak all across the board, the dialogue is so cheesy that that the film should come with a warning label for lactose-intolerant viewers, the special effects don't exactly blow you away, and even the music proves to be highly annoying. Obviously, I really have no choice but to give the film a low rating, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the heck out of watching it - this thing is chock full of unintentional hilarity.

Brandon Lee plays Michael Gold, a secret agent-type guy who really isn't very good at his job. Apparently, all of the CIA's spies were at a meeting or something because the Americans hire Gold to go down and try to talk a Cuban scientist (played by "well-known Cuban actor" Ernest Borgnine) into bringing his knowledge of advanced laser technology to America. Gold screws that up pretty quickly but manages to beg his way into a second chance with the guys at the American Embassy. With Professor Braun (Borgnine) now missing, Gold seeks out help from the professor's daughter Alissa (Debi Monahan, who's about as Cuban as Marilyn Monroe) - and I must say that the disguised manner in which he first contacts her is not to be missed (nor is the somewhat revealing dress Monahan wears throughout most of the movie - without it, there would be absolutely nothing worth looking at in the entire film). Even the setting of this film is problematic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie he ever made
I hate to say this but if you are not collecting Brandon Lee films. Then you would have no reason to buy this dvd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth Harrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars gift for husband
this item was ordered for my husband, who is trying to collect all brandon lee films. it came in brand new condition and was well received.
Published 19 months ago by klbg
1.0 out of 5 stars Why`d they remake Danger:Death Ray?
Please do not pay money for this garbage, it only encourages them. Not entertainingly/MST bad, just `I hate that I wasted time on this` bad. Read more
Published 22 months ago by John S
1.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing two versions of this film
This is for the 2011 Elstree Hill version of this film. Forget about a review of the film - this is about the product. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by James Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars I got my order
...but it looks like this is a pirated DVD. It is poor quality, has lines at the top of the screen and there are portions of the movie that look like tracking problems from the old... Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by trid2bnrml
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action movies
Laser Mission was a great movie. My teenagers and my husband enjoyed it too. Now my teens want all of Brandon Lee's movies. Read more
Published on March 10, 2011 by Rebecca G Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars this film is truly terrible
but really, when you see the high ratings other loads of rubbish get on amazon this one deserves a much higher rating in tribute to it's utter ridiculousness. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by potrack
1.0 out of 5 stars "Ha ha, they're going to cut your head off Mañana!"
BJ Davis ought to be ashamed of himself. I know he's usually a stunt coordinator and only moonlights as a director, but you'd think he'd have been able to do better when he had... Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by Mike Sehorn
4.0 out of 5 stars "Laser Mission: The Movie That Hates You."
This was not my first time watching "Laser Mission", but believe me when I tell you that it's way more enjoyable with the commentary of Josh Way to distract you from the film than... Read more
Published on January 13, 2010 by Robert I. Hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Darn Glitches...
First, I want to make clear that any Josh Way production is well worth the price. I always enjoy his insightful commentary and his takes on the horrible cinema on view will greatly... Read more
Published on December 19, 2009 by R. Casto
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