Let's get one thing straight. VIGILANTE is not the type of movie that will satisfy those who dislike violent genre films.\nIt is, however, the kind of picture that will thrill any fan of DEATH WISH, ROLLING THUNDER, THE EXTERMINATOR or any other '70s / early '80s revenge flick that has vigilantism as its main theme.\nThe acting in VIGILANTE is of a high quality, superb even for an exploitation film. In particular, Robert Forster shines as an everyday working Joe driven to the brink by grief and circumstance. Fred Williamson was never better (and is unlikely to be), while Joe Spinnell steals your attention in his two scenes.\nAnchor Bay's DVD release of the film is nothing short of miraculous. The movie has been lovingly restored via George Lucas' THX process and the widescreen presentation looks superb. But the jewel in the crown is the audio commentary. Director William Lustig and the three actors have a whale of a time recounting the film's shoot, and so does the listener.
From the Back Cover
New York City factory worker Eddie Marino (Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for Jackie Brown) is a solid citizen and regular guy, until the day a sadistic street gang brutally assaults his wife and murders his child. But when a corrupt judge sets the thugs free, Eddie goes berserk and vows revenge. Now there's a new breed of marauder loose on the city streets, enforcing his own kind of law. His justice is swift. His methods are violent. He is the Vigilante
Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn
), Woody Strode (Spartucus
), Joe Spinell (Maniac
) and Salsa legend Willie Colon co-star in this hard-hitting exploitation classic from director William Lustig (Maniac Cop, Relentless
) that many critics consider to be better-and more shocking-than the original Death Wish