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Rutger Hauer is Sallow, a once great player in the sport, made a mistake of getting too close to a woman outside his class, and is now reduced to playing matches outside of the system, in the rugged, barren, waste world. His team of 'juggers' consists of five people, including himself. There's Young Gar (Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio), Mbulu (Delroy Lindo), Big Cimber (Anna Katerina), and Dog Boy (Justin Monjo). Each player has his or her own responsibilities, but the main goal is to protect the runner, as that is the player that handles the dog skull, and will ultimately decide the outcome of the game based on his/her ability to place the skull on the opposing team's post. The sport is quite brutal, leading to severe injuries, and, sometimes, even death. No penalties, no rules, anything goes. Sallow and his group travel from town to town, challenging the home team, squeaking out a living. The ultimate goal is to win enough games for the honor to petition the league to compete in the league, opening up a world unknown to many as league players are treated very well. Joan Chen plays Kidda, a wannabe runner who gets into Sallow's clan when Dog Boy is injured. Poor little Dog Boy...anyway, as she learns the ropes, Sallow's team advances, and finally collects enough dog skulls (victories) to petition the league. What happens then? Watch and find out...
I enjoyed this movie, even though it's a familiar story.Read more ›
Three HUGE problems with the DVD: 1) The color/brightness are terrible, some scenes so dark that they're almost impossible to see -- you have to crank up your TV's brightness to get a clue. 2) The sound is totally muddy -- several lines we had to replay to decipher at all. And 3) why is there no widescreen option?
All of these problems could have been avoided. In theaters, the movie was widescreen, well-lit, and sounded good.
Lions Gate has taken a great post-apocalypse action movie and released a DVD that's best used as a coaster for your drink. I love the movie, but DO NOT BUY THIS DVD.
Unfortunately the DVD version is not very good. At least 9 minutes have been cut from the TV version of the movie. (Warning, spoiler ahead) I fast forwarded through the TV version I have on tape once I had finished watching the DVD version and for one, the ENTIRE post-showdown ending of the original movie is gone, cut in favor of an over-simplified ending that makes it look like Rutger Hauer's character, Sallow, actually came out ahead in stead of leading his team to victory only to be himself banished back to the wastes.
As for my rating, the movie itself gets five stars.
The DVD version loses:
1 star for for crappy vocals. The audio (effects and music) wasn't bad over all, just the vocals in too many places.
1/2 star for not being in wide screen. Not having seen it in theaters I've only ever seen it in full screen, so I'm not that annoyed by the film being full-screen only.
1 star for a completely dumbed down and quite frankly, stupid version of the ending.
The DVD version gains:
1/2 star for simply bringing this great movie out on DVD!!!
The upshot is that for all the advantages DVD has over VHS, I would suggest you consider purchasing the VHS version over the DVD version. Beyond the usual trailers for other movies, the DVD version offers nothing that the VHS version doesn't already have.
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I watched this movie when I was young, loved it then and I still love it now. But just so you know it is an older movie so the filming is not up to today's standards when regarding... Read morePublished 9 days ago by anaroselee
Saw it when i was young & loved it. Saw it last week & didnt like it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't know how I ever missed this movie....Now I want to play jugger.Published 2 months ago by Charles Patterson
This is an obvious end extremely poor copy from a VHS tape with poor sound and hum bars thru the entire thing. I cant believe this is being sold by the actual owners of the film. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim Raby
Just your run of the mill post-apocalyptic sports movie. Cool, stylish, gritty. Not enough background or exposition about the world, but entertaining, quick, well-acted fun. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Tyson
Movie itself 5+ stars. This reproduction, maybe one star. I love the film so much I can't bring myself to vote it lower, but the copy sucks. Read morePublished 4 months ago by H. Greene
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