1990 BRONX WARRIORS
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Produced by Fabrizio De Angelis
Screenplay by Enzo G. Castellari, Elisa Livia Briganti & Dardano Sacchetti
Cinematography by Sergio Salvati
Cast: Mark Gregory, Stefania Girolami, Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly, Fred Williamson, George Eastman & John Sinclair
1982/92 mins/Color/2.0 Dolby Digital
2.35:1 anamorphic/English/Italy/NTSC Region 1
Review from the Media Blasters/Shriek Show DVD
The year is 1990... the future. The Bronx has become an anarchic wasteland where gangs rules the streets after surviving the post-nuke war. A young woman called Ann (Stefania Girolami) is running away from her future, she's the heiress of the Manhattan Corporation, the biggest arms company in the world. Without really knowing what she's doing, she escapes to the Bronx. Soon enough, her father sends a ruthless bounty hunter called Hammer (Vic Morrow) to get her.
In this most romantic city, Ann meets the nicely build, warrior-like but stiff as a stick gang leader, Trash. They fall in love and Trash (Mark Gregory) wants to protect her... even though his motorcycle gang, The Riders, might go down and he will have to deal with the Bronx's big boss, The Ogre (another great performance by Fred Williamson).
Without a doubt, the first of an endless stream of Italian ripoffs of ROAD WARRIOR and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and surely the best, 1990 THE BRONX WARRIORS (I GUERRIERI DEL BRONX) still delivers the goods today! The film even steals from Walter HillŐs masterpiece, THE WARRIORS where the heroes go to a journey through territoties held by different gangs. Poor Mark Gregory who Castellari found in a gym, this 17 year old kid had no talent whatsoever as a actor and gave a terrible performance. Pretty much everyone in the film is wearing some ridiculous attire. The film surprisingly features lot of real Hell's Angels as the supporting bikers. The worst moment in the film is when Trash has to fight the gang who tap dance!! Still make no mistake about it, 1990 THE BRONX WARRIORS has classic cult written all over it! With the huge success of the film worldwide, Castellari would go on to make a sequel in 1983 called, ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX (aka BRONX WARRIORS 2). The film also features a very nice credit scene at the beginning and a groovy soundtrack.
I've seen this film many times on VHS and BETA through the years and I can say that Media Blasters did an amazing job with this film! The movie has never looked so good. Bright, shinning, rich and nicely saturated colors. Skin tones, reds and blacks are well rendered, there is no compression or artifacts of any kind. The remastered 2.0 Dolby Digital audio track sounds a little deaf but still sounds very good and produce a nice audiophonic experience.
Director Enzo G. Castellari gives us an interesting commentary track even though he poorly speaks English. Still we can understand what he's saying, there is also a narrator (the guy who does all of M B's interviews) who participate on that track. Enzo explain pretty much everything you need to know about his film. Another very cool extra is a 40 minutes interview with Fred Williamson! Through it, Williamson is very interesting, talks about his past, cinema, Hollywood, football, Europe, various directors and of course, 1990 THE BRONX WARRIORS. There is also a rather short interview with Castellari talking about the film, New York city and Quentin Tarrantino.
There's a very good still gallery with posters, photos and lobby cards from around the world. We get trailers for FLESH FOR THE BEAST, 2019 AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK, FACELESS and FLESH EATER. The film is separated in 12 chapters, some of the menus are animated with sound and music, there's an inlay card and it comes in a keep case. 1990 THE BRONX WARRIORS has also been released on DVD in the UK by Vipco.
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2004. ©
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