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Reviews Database > BLU RAY REVIEWS > 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS (BLU RAY) (1982)
Published by David Carter on 2015/7/12 (849 reads)
Directed by Enzo G Castellari
Review by David Carter

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Released by Blue Underground
Running Time: 92 minutes
Rating: Rated R
Color format: Color
Audio/Subtitles: 2.0 DTS-HD Mono English/English, French & Spanish Subtitles
Region Code: 1, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
16:9 Enhanced: Yes
Special Features: Blu Ray/DVD combo pack, Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari, Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 1, Sourcing The Weaponry - Enzo G. Castellari visits the Italian Weapons Rental House of Paolo Ricci, Adventures In The Bronx - Interview with Actor/Stuntman Massimo Vanni, Poster & Still Gallery
Trailer Online: Yes

The Italian post-apocalyptic subgenre of exploitation is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable of all that graced the screens of seedy grindhouses. Inspired by films like THE ROAD WARRIOR, Italian directors recreated the end of days on a smaller scale; utilizing more familiar urban landscapes in place of desolate Australian outback. The result is a canon of films markedly more poignant than they likely intended to be and, like their contemporary the cannibal film, highlight the fragility and inherent barbarism of modern society. Chilling in their very concept, Italian post-apocalyptic cinema imagines the destruction of the world as an inevitability; one possibly only a few days away.

Or only a few miles away, as with the case of Enzo G Castellariís excellent 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS, now available on a Blu Ray/DVD combo pack from Blue Underground. BRONX WARRIORS depicts a time only eight years in the future where the Bronx has been declared a ďno manís landĒ and is ruled by warring street gangs. These gangs do battle just miles from Manhattan, where the wealthy and powerful alternately have fear and contempt for those living in their shadows. Manhattan girl Ann does the unthinkable and crosses the bridge into the Bronx hoping to find sanctuary from the clutches of her fatherís corporation. She immediately runs afoul of the hockey-stick wielding Zombies, but is rescued by Trash and his Riders.

Ann finds a home with Trash that she never had back in Manhattan, but their happiness is short-lived as her father uses all the tools at his disposal to bring her back. He hires the ruthless Hammer, a Bronx-born mercenary who starts a one-man war against the gangs in order to retrieve Ann. With Hammer pursuing him and his friends betraying him, Trash will have to make uneasy alliances with his rivals to rescue Ann.

Though included in the post-apocalyptic subgenre, 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORSí primary influence is Walter Hillís THE WARRIORS and its colorful street gangs. This influence is largely superficial, as Castellariís film deals more with the juxtaposition of the civilized and uncivilized worlds than Hillís. Ann runs away because she feels running her fatherís arms manufacturing corporation is unethical and ironically finds herself in a place where death is a daily fact of life. Despite the violent nature of the Bronx, THE BRONX WARRIORS makes it clear that the so-called civilized world is truly more immoral. Hammer is the main symbol of the Manhattan society and his ruthless tactics are endorsed and encouraged by ďrespectableĒ businessmen. This is contrasted by Trash and Ogre (Fred Williamson), both of who live on the outskirts of traditional society but still act under codes of honor and show benevolence to those in need.

Like many of you, Iíve been waiting on a new presentation of this film for years and Blue Undergroundís disc is certainly worth the wait. The outstanding print highlights Castellariís beautiful framing of the film. A wealth of bonus features are included, most of which feature the director himself giving first-hand information about the movie. 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS is a standout of early eighties exploitation and without a doubt one of the best of the WARRIORS clones. It was the first chapter in a trilogy of post-apocalypse films from Castellari, all of which Blue Underground is now bringing to Blu Ray.
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