Saturday, January 5, 2013

"I'll Just Get My Gear" - Rolling Thunder on Blu 4/9

    Just announced from Shout Factory is the 1977 action/revenge classic Rolling Thunder to be released April 9 on blu-ray. The best of the "decorated Vietnam vet comes home, gets wronged and kicks major ass" movie sub-genre, this is a release that's been a long time coming. Written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) and starring William Devane (with a hook hand) plus an early appearance by Tommy Lee Jones. This caused a pretty big sensation at the time of it's release because of it's violence content (Wait till you see how Devane loses his hand - supposedly a leg of lamb was used for the effect in the shot).
    Devane is great in this and director John Flynn creates an relentlessly grim atmosphere that climaxes at a Mexican bordello with one of the most intense/bloodiest shoot-outs ever filmed. A must.

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