Judge David Johnson is an action movie marathon man.
4X the action! 4X the excitement!
Do you have eight or so hours to kill? Why not spend it constructively, by watching a back-to-back-to-back-to-back marathon of old, obscure action movies? Here you go!
When a Russian super-tank gets hijacked by Libyans, McBain is called in by his old CIA contacts to embark on a one-man mission (with no backup!) to retrieve the tank, wipe out the Communists and bring stability to the Middle East.
It's a tall order, but a Gary Busey in his prime is more than up to the task and the result is an entertaining relic of R-rated Cold War-era machismo. McBain is pretty much a stereotype of an action hero, digging out bullets from his shoulder in his own bathroom (and dropping them into a jar of like fifty bullets he presumably dug out from body parts in the past), blowing away bad guys three-at-a-time with one shotgun blast and leveling entire villages without a strand of his brilliant platinum coiffure falling out of place.
Ranking on the Macho Scale: Somewhere between "Passing a kidney stone without making a sound" and "Morton salt."
Bamboo Gods and Iron Men (1974)
The only thing coherent about Bamboo Gods and Iron Men is its title.
Ranking on the Macho Scale: "Jai alai."
Ranking on the Macho Scale: "Jack Likes turkey jerky."
Pretty much the big brother revenge fantasy; if you ever dreamt of smacking around the dickwads that gave your sister any lip, here you go. This guy is a walking, talking slab of red meat.
Ranking on the Macho Scale: "Not quite as high as sticking a whole lake trout in your mouth and then pulling out a skeleton, but close."
Presented in either standard def 1.33:1 full frame of 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Shout! Factory's transfers offer a mixed bag of visual fidelity, depending on the quality of the original source material. The same holds true for these Dolby 2.0 Stereo and Mono tracks, none of which will challenge your audio setup or impress your home theatre guests. There are no bonus features.
Guilty of putting hair on your sunken chest.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Shout! Factory
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