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Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except (Blu-ray + DVD Combo) (1985)

Sam Raimi , Ted Raimi , Josh Becker  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Brian Schulz
  • Directors: Josh Becker
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006OF25M6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Vietnam, 1969. War is Hell. For Marine Sergeant Jack Stryker (Brian Schulz), however, Hell is just the beginning. Trapped outside a Viet Cong village, Stryker takes two bullets to the leg. Sent home from the war, he discovers his ex-girlfriend (Cheryl Hausen) has been kidnapped by a religious cult with a vicious Manson-like leader (played by THE EVIL DEAD and SPIDER-MAN trilogy director, Sam Raimi). Stryker teams up with some marine friends to form an assassination squad and annihilate the gang of crazed killers. Synapse Films is proud to present THOU SHALT NOT KILL... EXCEPT in an all-new 2K high-definition transfer from the original negative. Directed by Josh Becker, this “must-see” (Detroit Free Press) cult classic features many of the people responsible for THE EVIL DEAD, including co-writer Bruce Campbell, writer/producer Scott Spiegel, composer Joseph LoDuca, and actor Ted Raimi.
Bonus Features:
  • All-New High-Definition 2K Digital Restoration from the Original Negative
  • The Original Super 8mm STRYKER’S WAR Short Film starring Bruce Campbell!
  • Made in Michigan: The Making of THOU SHALT NOT KILL… EXCEPT
  • Two Audio Commentaries Featuring Director Josh Becker, Bruce Campbell and Star Brian Schulz
  • All-New Video Interview with Bruce Campbell
  • Deleted Scene with Optional Director’s Commentary
  • Alternate Title Sequence
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thou Shalt Watch This Flick April 19, 2006
By Rob
From the world of Raimi and Campbell comes this mid 80's cult gem right out of DETROIT MICHIGAN!!! Where do I begin with this unique blend of war stories, gore, low budget style, insanity and action? Now as much as I like this movie, I know some may not get it and that is natural since b-movies or cult films tend to appeal to a limited but open minded audience. For those who are into this type of cinema, you came to the right place and it doesn't get much better than this movie. I think the most important aspect of this film is Sam Raimi's performance as the morbidly deranged Charles Manson like cult leader. Everything from his motions right down to classic lines such as "Don't you ever touch the sacrificial fluids... okey dokey" as he delivers it in the film will make you say this is the guy who directed Spider Man? It's a bold mixture of humor and instability. This film is also another example of low budget appeal and style that you can not reproduce so it is for sure a great campy film for its time. Now the filming location is credited as being shot at Bruce Campbell's old residence but no other locations are listed so it got me thinking that the war sequences and cabin shots may have been shot way out in the suburbs? Northville Tunnels would have been a great filming location for some of the scenes (those of you from the Detroit area will know what I am talking about). Also, fans of Evil Dead and low budget horror will really dig this flick. By all accounts, that acting is cheese and some of the effects are what you expect of a low budget film but this is why cult film enthusiast like us love these type of films.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really bad, but entertaining July 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Ahh, Sam Raimi and the gang in their $4,000 Vietnam epic. This is THE worst movie ever, but it's also entertaining, so it makes up for it. Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except has a lot of problems: The lighting, the script, the odd stock footage mixed with acting to make everything feel out of place...but, it's stupid in an A-Team sort of way, which is good. Not brillant, but worth a look.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Humor in the vein of "The Evil Dead" November 22, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
"Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except" is yet another obscure movie remastered by the video gods at Anchor Bay. The plot follows a group of war heroes, fresh out of Vietnam, who end up battling a cult of Charles Manson types in a small town. This may sound like a serious plot (like a revenge movie), but it's really not. Actually, this movie is more of a slapstick comedy than anything, and like all comedies, it wears a little thin upon repeated viewings. "Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except" comes from the same core group (Sam Raimi, Josh Becker, Bruce Campbell) that worked on "The Evil Dead," so if you appreciated the humor in that movie, you'll most likely get a kick out of this one. I personally found it superior to that overrated shocker.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tale of morality April 21, 2001
This DVD edition brings new life into an already great film. Scenes that were barely visible in the old VHS copies are now crystal clear. Be warned, however, that the audio commentary from co-writer Bruce Campbell and director Josh Becker, though occasionally insightful and consistently entertaining, does not give this film the credit it deserves. This is a very good film.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There It Is, G.I. December 20, 2001
Never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned this semi-obscure gem on DVD and yet, here it is. I've watched the VHS version of T.S.N.K.E. (sink-ee) at least 200 times all the way through, but my first DVD viewing was like experiencing a whole new T.S.N.K.E. Scenes that once looked suspiciously lit by car headlights have been transformed into scenes that are clearly lit by car headlights. The soundtrack has been given the digital restoration it deserves and the commentary track is just weird. To realize that at least two other people still acknowledge this film is really spooky. Somebody pinch me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie October 2, 2005
By oddlief
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this movie. In fact, I believe it was one of the best movies I have ever seen. The sound mixing was excellent, along with the directing. kudos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the cast of "hair"! meets Rambo November 30, 2008
manson gang look a likes vs. vengeful trigger happy marines. Sam Raimi and what looks like his buddies, some relatives, and next-door neighbors decided to make a movie. Because the director knew what he was doing and the musical score helped build some serious tension in all the action scenes, the film becomes a masterpiece of mayhem. Biker hippies with bad teeth are stinking up the great outdoors while terrorizing a small town until 4 vets fresh from 'nam show up and the results are buckets of blood and lots of hair. The bad acting works for the film because everything is played straight. The best peformance as the Manson type cult leader is Sam Raimi. Raimi's cult leader is a goofy sadist making up all his own rituals. Thou Shalt not.. delivers many great bloody effects to make the movie even more fun. Widescreen dvd from anchor bay is very clear.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly entertaining filmaking November 30, 2000
By Joe
This film is full of suprises. From the plot twists taking us from the jungles of Vietnam to the backwoods of Michigan, this film cant be beat. Some of the best acting youll find in the Raimi/Becker catalogue, this one cant be missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good dvd
nice and clear good 80's movie saw it then like my old movies wish they can make dvd out of kiss the beast and night of the zombies and voodo
Published 18 months ago by seetheartsoftly
3.0 out of 5 stars Fans will flip over this release. Others....
I don't know if there has ever been or ever will be a movie quite like Thou Shalt Not Kill....Except. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jackie Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Thou Shalt See This Movie!
Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except is a low-budget action movie along the lines of Rambo. It pits marines and the Manson Family against each other, and is full of violence. Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by 1981bendover
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty nice flashback to th youth care of Sam Raimi and the Shemp...
I remember owning the original VHS tape for Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except. It is great to finally see a Blu-Ray filled with all the bells and whistles that it deserves. Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by erasure242
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting forgotten flick
Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except has the distinction of being co-authored by B-movie god Bruce Campbell and features Evil Dead trilogy director Sam Raimi as a vicious Charles... Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by N. Durham
2.0 out of 5 stars Ouch...
Wow, now that was bad wasn't it?

Somewhat marketed as a horror film but really an action thriller bordering on troma level acting and dull dialogue. Read more
Published on April 14, 2012 by Herbert West
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Movie,Great Extra
Please only buy this if you are a Bruce Campbell fan. Why? A Great 5-Star Commentary to a 1-Star Movie.
Published on August 2, 2006 by Rona L. Carr
1.0 out of 5 stars This Sucks
There is a difference between cheesy and just bad movie. The difference I like cheesy but the was cheesy ...except IT SUCKS. Read more
Published on March 2, 2006 by Richard Eicholtz
1.0 out of 5 stars why bother...
Are you kidding? I can't believe anyone with a brain would remotely suggest that this film has any type of viewing pleasure. Read the title... Read more
Published on October 27, 2004 by "sonofthefallguy"
Published on October 25, 2003 by John D. Seneca
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