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

3.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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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

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Brian Schulz
  • Directors: Josh Becker
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • 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: #116,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
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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By A Customer on July 25, 1999
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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"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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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 Manson-type murdering psychopath. On those merits alone, the film is worth watching, but beyond that, there's little here to really recommend. In 1969, Vietnam war hero Stryker (Brian Schulz) returns home, only to learn that a murderous cult is making their presence felt. It isn't long before Stryker and his Marine buddies find themselves on a collision course. Short, nasty, and rivaling Troma films of the time in terms of production values, Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except is a fun forgotten flick that delivers a majority of the goods those who enjoy this kind of film come looking for. There's nothing really great about it, but there's nothing downright awful about it either. Synapse Films made this Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack a shocking labor of love, with an insightful commentary from Campbell, Schulz, and director Josh Becker, as well as the original short film "Stryker's War" of which Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except is based upon, starring Bruce Campbell.
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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. The first hour is pretty good, but the final twenty minutes or so are awesome and deliver the bloody action-packed goods. This feature-length film is pretty much a remake of the 1980 short film Stryker's War, which is also included on the Blu-Ray/DVD Combo just released by Synapse. There's also an interview with Bruce Campbell, interviews with the cast and crew, and a funny deleted scene involving puke. This is a must-buy for exploitation fans, and for Bruce Campbell fans, since Stryker's War starred him.
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I don't know if there has ever been or ever will be a movie quite like Thou Shalt Not Kill....Except. An exploitation film to be sure, but not completely action and not completely horror. Viewers will find many things to be offended by from this movie unless they see it for what it is: an trashy send-up of John Wayne movies. The Blu-ray release is stellar and includes many great extras, not the least of which is the short film Stryker's War (which was shot on Super-8 film and stars Burn Notice's Bruce Campbell) which was used to raise money for the feature-length movie. If you are already a fan of this movie, it is worth every dime and then some.
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