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RiffTrax Live! Samurai Cop DVD Review


“Samurai Cop” is a top tier RiffTrax Live! show.

Along with films like “The Room,” “Troll 2,” “Birdemic,” “Breathing Fire,” “The Barbarians,” “Hard Ticket To Hawaii,” and “The Apple,” “Samurai Cop” has long been one of my favorite bad movies. As you can imagine, it was a thrill to see the RiffTrax gang (AKA Bill Corbett, Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy) tackle this deserved cult classic. So, how does the live show fare, you ask? I’m happy to say it’s even better than their standard studio release.

Presented live from Nashville, the live show kicks off with a brief intro by the riffers (#cheeseballs) followed by a short film titled “Manners In School.” As tends to be a trend with a lot of these weird shorts, this one also features a hellish animated creature. This time around it’s a creepy chalky stick figure named Chalky. Chalky takes it upon himself to teach a grouchy kid named Larry to change his behavior. Much like the classic “A Case Of Spring Fever,” this short is such an easy target for the gang. There are many amusing jokes at the expense of both Chalky and the crazy Larry not to mention some great pop culture references along the way.

After the short, we get a few more moments with Mike, Bill, and Kevin as they show off some slides and footage from their U.K. trip and MST3K season 11. The riffers then get back to business as the feature presentation of “Samurai Cop” begins. If you’re unfamiliar with this gem, it tells a very simple and cartoonishly violent story of a Samurai cop from San Diego (Joe) and his partner (Frank) taking on the murderous Katana gang. The beauty of “Samurai Cop” is that it’s naturally funny on its own thanks to everything from the bad dubbing and ridiculous lines to the goofy shootouts and sped up car chases. When you add jokes to the equation, the movie gets even better. Since much of the movie is a perfect set-up for jokes, the gang has no trouble cracking wise about the vehicles, the repeated dialogue, the beloved angry Police Captain, and the out of place music. There are also many great jokes involving Jimmy John’s, Pee Wee Herman, “Star Trek” and oh so much more. Perhaps the most refreshing aspect of the riffing is that we get some R rated material here. Usually they tend to make it family friendly so as to have wide appeal, but they let slip some hilariously naughty words.


Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? A solid print of “Samurai Cop” + a good quality taping of the live show= a win for all.

Audio Track: Unspecified. How does it sound? Despite some audio issues from the live show itself (namely the microphone feedback and some audio dropping out), the audio track delivers crisp sound from the short and film as well as the riffers themselves.

Extras include yet another amusing trivia slide show that runs close to 8 minutes.

Overall Thoughts: If you haven’t seen “RiffTrax Live! Samurai Cop,” you owe it to yourself to do so.

The “RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop” DVD and Blu-ray is now available to purchase on RiffTrax.com here: https://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-live-samurai-cop

The VOD release is also available to purchase through this link.

November 17, 2017 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , ,

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