Also referred to as L.E.T.H.A.L. Girls: Return To Savage Seashore, this 1998 movie from the late, nice Andy Sidaris as soon as once more catches up with the members of L.E.T.H.A.L. (Legion to Implement Whole Concord And Regulation), an elite group of undercover brokers who spend their days pretending to run a radio station often known as KSXY. In actuality, nonetheless, they’re combating the forces of evil day in, time out. Made up of Willow Black (Julie Pressure), Cobra (Julie Ok. Smith) and Tiger (Shae Marks), the L.E.T.H.A.L. women quickly discover themselves tasked with monitoring down a floppy disk (keep in mind these?) that incorporates info that can result in the whereabouts of a fortune in lacking gold.
Sadly for them, Rodrigo Martinez (Rodrigo Obregon once more, he exhibits up in fairly a number of of Sidaris’ epics) and his woman pal Sofia (Carrie Westscott) have gotten their minds set on discovering that exact same disk as they, too, want to get their mitts on the treasure. In fact, all of it results in loads of shootouts, explosions, and nudity as each side race in opposition to time and one another to get there first and take dwelling the prize.
The tagline for this one reads “The BIG GUNS are again!“… (subtlety not being a powerful level in Sidaris’ filmography).
Certain the film follows roughly the identical plot as most of ol’ Andy’s different cinematic trash masterpieces (good guys and women battle dangerous guys and women to get to treasure and plenty of individuals get bare and/or die and/or explode) however it’s an entire lot of enjoyable particularly when the ninjas present up. Different components add to the enjoyable, and there is loads of dialogue like when one of many guys claims he was ‘born for water sports activities’ (which is de facto humorous when taken out of context, and given Sidaris’ humorousness that may have been utterly intentional). If this is not a movie that is even attempting to be all that distinctive when it comes to storytelling, it does not matter when the clichés are as excessive and entertaining as they’re when delivered by Andy and his workforce.
As to the solid? Julie Pressure is unquestionably a spotlight right here, she’s bought nice display screen presence and all the boldness on the planet, making her an awesome option to prime invoice an image like this. Carrie Westscott and Julie Ok. Smith are additionally each fairly alluring and respectable of their roles. Rodrigo Obregon, an old-hat at Sidaris’ type and a person who clearly knew simply what his director wished out of him, can be a blast to look at right here. Apparently sufficient, World Championship Wrestling mainstay Marcus Bagwell exhibits up right here, taking part in The Warrior and Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, additionally exhibits up within the image. Gerald Okamura additionally pops up right here.
Highlights? We get a sizzling blonde on curler blades, an ultra-violent sea-doo battle the likes of which you have by no means seen earlier than, a ridiculous dangerous man who wears an much more ridiculous Phantom of the Opera masks and a scene through which one of many actresses tries to insert the floppy disk into the pc the wrong way up. Throw in some strippers, make the Phantom of the Opera man costume up like Zorro after which get it on with a sizzling chick for a scene, blow stuff up after which blow some extra stuff up, and bingo, you are positioned firmly in Sidaris nation and, must you be the sort to understand the person’s very particular model of cinematic junk meals, will probably be grinning ear to ear.
Return To Savage Seashore arrives on a 50GB Blu-ray disc framed at 1.85.1 widescreen in an AVC encoded 1080p excessive definition switch taken from a brand new 4k restoration offered by AGFA and it seems to be very nice. The function takes up slightly below 29GBs of house on the disc. Colours are good and black ranges are additionally sturdy. The greens of the Hawaiian scenes look significantly lush. The movie’s many, many pores and skin tones look good and pure. There are not any noticeable points with any edge enhancement or noise discount and the disc is freed from apparent compression artifacts. There is not a lot in the best way of print harm in any respect both, a number of white specks every now and then however except you are searching for them for the aim of writing an anal retentive evaluation, you are not going to even discover them. All in all, a really stable image.
The 24-bit DTS-HD 2.zero audio observe does what it may well with the restrictions of the supply materials. Dialogue is clear and clear and correctly balanced and each the rating and the consequences work all sound simply high quality. There are not any issues with any hiss or distortion and non-compulsory subtitles are offered in English.
Apart from a fast minute-long introduction with Sidaris and a periodically topless Julie Pressure (who seems in many of the intros on Sidaris’ releases whether or not she had something to do with the film in query or not), the primary additional on the disc is an audio commentary courtesy of Andy and Arlene Sidaris. It is a fairly scene-specific observe that covers how and why the opening theme music got here to be, how and why Kevin Eastman wound up within the film, how the movie incorporates ‘attractive astrology clues,’ the casting of various Playmates within the movie, the stunts within the movie, the areas that had been used for the function, working with the totally different solid and crew members on the function, staging the totally different explosions within the image, utilizing a submarine within the film and the underwater images that was required and accomplished in a single afternoon and many extra. There isn’t any lifeless air right here in any respect and it makes for a extremely fascinating, and generally very humorous, hear.
Moreover, the disc features a making of featurette with Andy that runs forty-two-minutes. With Sidaris Joined as soon as once more by Julie Pressure (who at one level licks a VHS tape), there may be a variety of time coded behind the scenes and check footage in right here, exhibiting off some butterfly knife motion, the ninjas doing their factor, among the battle scenes being put collectively, a bunch of individuals working round within the brush, a man catching a snake on the seaside, extra battle scenes being staged, a love scene being shot, Andy directing the solid and crew and fairly a bit extra. It’s all pretty random however fascinating sufficient to look at in the event you get a kick out of Sidaris’ type.
Rounding out the extras are trailers for a number of Malibu Bay productions like Malibu Specific, Laborious Ticket To Hawaii, Do Or Die, Savage Seashore, Weapons, Do Or Die, Laborious Hunted, Match To Kill, Enemy Gold, The Dallas Connection, Day Of The Warrior and, after all, Return To Savage Seashore. Menus and chapter choice choices are additionally offered. The entire extras included on the disc are carried over from the older DVD releases.
A coupon inserted into the keepcase accompanying the disc permits for entry to a digital HD obtain model of the film.
Return To Savage Seashore may not be the film that Andy Sidaris is finest remembered for however it’s a enjoyable mixture of bombs, babes, motion, intercourse and intrigue that makes for a high quality exploitation film. Mill Creek’s Blu-ray seems to be and sounds very good and carries over the stable extras from the outdated DVD launch. Beneficial.
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