been a while since I ve seen this but noticed Hal Yamanouchi there in your stills, he did a few of this type film.
There's also an interview with him on the DVD, but oddly no Michael Sopkiw interview--just a short introduction and a lame Easter Egg.
I keep wanting to like these - including this one - more than I do. And by these, I mean Italian Post-Apocalyptic action movies. I always love the director and the actors and the ideas, the nutty nutty ideas, but somehow I always get bored.But aside from not quite diggin' the movie, I agree with everything else. Especially Sergio Martino. That guy was amazing. I just watched The Big Alligator River, which is another that has no right to be good, except that somehow it kind of is.
I got this film and got a sopkiw interview- but that may be with the dinosaur valley disc where he talks about how film saves him from a life of crime.Incidentally you mention radice in there and I think he was in phantom of death with a typecast Hal who ends up doing some far eastern sword routine in that.the one thing that tickles me by the way, is when sopkiw wins his prize (which appears to be a free transvestite) it is dispensed by a mad talking clown puppet thing. priceless :) this film is ace isn't it. you can rightly now think to yourself that your work on this one is done well and you have inspired my viewing for tomorrow. I d forgotten what a mad classic this one is.
Great review - this is one of my favorites of the Italio-post-apocalyptic flicks. Big Ape steals the show...
Neil - I've seen a few that are pretty bad. I thought The New Gladiators was a tad dull and I love Fulci. This one and The New Barbarians are tops in my opinion. I agree about Big Alligator River--I wanted to hate it, but I didn't. Nigel - The Anchor Bay DVD I have had no Sopkiw interview, but the DVD of M.I.D.V. did--a great one in fact. Enjoy your re-watch---I always do!Scott - George Eastman always steals the show. I fucking love that guy!
If this one comes close to Warriors of the Wasteland then it's good stuff. I have confidence in Martino on the strength of The Violent Professionals, and I like the Italo post-apocalyptics as a whole for their "what the hell is going to happen next?" quality.
Samuel - don't think I can say it's better, but certainly equal. New Barbarians (aka Warriors of the Wasteland) and 2019 are the best of the bunch in my humble opinion.
Hey Rev. Wow! I really loved this review. You did a great job with this one. Well, you always do a great job with your reviews. I've only seen this movie once. It was years ago. I added it to my Netflix queue. I was so glad to see they had it. I can't wait to see it again. I love Italian films from the 1970's of all genres. Post-apocalyptic movies are some of my favorite movies no matter which country they come from.
I do acknowledge the awesomeness of the weird Apes and, yes, in particular Big Ape. During that section the movie is totally working some kind of insano magic.I've got to say The New Barbarians didn't quite make it for me either.Honestly, the cheesy laser guns were distracting for me in both cases, even when working on cheese standards.
Keith - Italian movies from the 70's are some of favorites. It takes a certain kind of person to enjoy them...what kind I have no idea.Neil - I believe I may have a super high tolerance for cheese. I love the gun noises, but Flash Gordon is one of my favorite films.