Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Blu-ray Review
“Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance” can’t recapture the magic of the original.
“Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance” begins with a flashback in 1991 where Joe’s wife is tragically killed. The story then cuts to present day where we see Joe’s old partner Frank is still working as a cop. Joe, on the other hand, is off on his own as he walked away from the job. As you can probably guess, Joe is called back into action amidst a clan war involving Katana and Shinjuku. On top of that, Joe and Frank team up once again to find out who is responsible for the death of Joe’s wife.
Since “Samurai Cop” is my all-time favorite bad movie, I was anticipating the sequel. After all, how can you go wrong with seeing the returning cast members and new additions like Bai Ling, Ralph Garman, B-Movie veteran Joe Estevez, adult film actresses (such as Kayden Kross and Lexi Belle) and the man, the myth, the legend Tommy Wiseau? Unfortunately, the sequel is a flat-out missed opportunity.
Aside from having a weird structure, a lazy story, horrible CGI, needlessly jerky action scenes, awkward editing, cheap sets, and an inordinate amount of pop songs and montages, “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance” simply doesn’t work because it’s self-aware. What made “Samurai Cop” such a cult classic is that it’s an unintentional bad movie. Even though nothing in the movie worked from a filmmaking perspective, it was still a glorious movie filled with strange moments and quotable dialogue. On its own, the sequel brings nothing new to the table aside from some fun over-the-top moments by a sword waving Tommy Wiseau (who plays Linton). In fact, the best moments are the nods to the original like the film clips, close-ups of Frank’s face, certain music cues, and the delightful return of the scene stealing Sebastian character.
I will say that Mathew Karedas and Mark Frazer do a fine job of sliding back into the roles of Joe and Frank after 24 years. Perhaps they’ll get another chance to reprise their roles in a better sequel?
Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p (?) How does it look? If you can look past the poor cinematography, it’s a fairly strong transfer. The picture quality is noticeably sharper than the DVD.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The track is a little soft for my taste. It lacks the oomph that you’d expect from a Blu-ray release.
* DVD copy.
* Cinema Epoch trailers and a “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance” trailer.
* Still gallery.
* 4 deleted scenes/outtakes. The Peggy outtakes and the bizarre cashews and apple smash bits were amusing.
* “Behind The Scenes”- A 3 ½ minute collection of set footage.
* Commentary by stars Mathew Karedas and Mark Frazer and moderator Dave Robinson. The three chat about filming experiences, their characters, stories from the set, cast members, costumes and more. A fun listen.
* Commentary by co-writer and director Gregory Hatanaka and moderator Dave Robinson once again. Gregory passionately talks about technical aspects, interesting tidbits, casting, fans, Tommy Wiseau, pop culture references etc. Truth be told, the two commentaries are more involving than the movie on its own.
Overall Thoughts: Unless you’re absolutely set on seeing this sequel, my advice is to pick up the first “Samurai Cop” from Cinema Epoch instead.
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