Japanese wannabe actress Mayumi is abducted by an absolute nut-job called Vendenski and his hysterically seedy cult – Capital Messiah. They’re feared throughout the criminal community for reasons that are beyond me, but nobody seems to be able to touch them, until Mayumi’s brother, Kenji, travels over in search of his missing sister. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Kenji is a Karate Master, wouldn’t you just know it? This now sets the wheels in motion for Kenji to stroll around L.A. all brooding and a fish out of water, but cracking skulls as he’s doing it.
The word ‘Epic’ has recently been devalued and just used to mean something that is striking or enjoyable, but the correct meaning of the word indicated narratives in the ‘Epic’ mould – those which surpass the ordinary in scale and reach heroic proportions – this applies to films too. I’m taking a look at some of the truly Epic movies from the early 1980s that showed extraordinary ambition in their story and spectacle.
“Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.”
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that The Matrix is a great science-fiction movie, but there is more to it than that. For its 20th anniversary I’m going to take a look at all the elements that made The Wachowski’s movie such a cinematic milestone and how it raised the bar for all subsequent genre movies. When The Matrix was released in 1999 it opened up new vistas of imagination in screen science-fiction – a domain of cyber existence that no film had yet explored. It was a sci-fi movie that changed the genre. It was, in fact, a movie that changed film-making in general.
The fight for the future begins.”
Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says… Fright-Rags has new apparel, so sit tight, hold the fort, and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn… call the president.
“This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I’m talkin’ to whoever’s listenin’ out there.”
The Glorious Wrestling Alliance is getting collected! Josh Hicks has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Glorious Wrestling Alliance ☆ Premium Special ☆ – a deluxe 100+ page paperback collection of Glorious Wrestling Alliance comics. The book will collect all three existing mini-comics- including Glorious Wrestling Apocalypse, one of Paste Magazine’s top 25 comics of 2018 – and a brand new and exclusive 24 page final chapter into one carefully and beautifully crafted volume.
“I can’t wait to hold it in my arms and rock it back and forth like a little paper baby.”
Samurai, robots, flying tiger sharks, time-traveling baseball players and alien monsters: the legendary – and above all notoriously bad – Japanese detective series Ronin Suiri Tentai had it all. In Japan, the series was strangely enough no more than a modest success. But in Australia, where it was released in the early 1990s under the title Top Knot Detective, the series became a gigantic cult hit.
“Learn the inside story about the greatest Japanese samurai series, you’ve never heard of before.”
Get in the ring with Super7 x Legends of Lucha Libre! The debut Luchadores 3.75-inch ReAction Figures assortment includes Blue Demon Jr., Solar, and Tinieblas Jr. Super7 have also released 1.75″ M.U.S.C.L.E. 3-Packs (featuring 6 different figures).
“¡¿Quién es tu campeón?!”
Released in 1978, the madcap mayhem of Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin was a surefire sign to audiences that its young star Jackie Chan was soon to be even more famous than the man who paved the way for the modern martial arts genre – Mr. Bruce Lee! An international box office success, this all-time classic is one of Chan’s most beloved masterworks and it is easy to see why. 88 Films is proud to present Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin in glorious HD thanks to a brand new 2k scan overseen by Golden Harvest itself!
“The cunning of the snake and the strength of the crane.”
Jackie Chan arrived on American soil with hopes of becoming a superstar in the West, and his first ever Hollywood project as a leading man certainly provided him with a notable director in Robert Clouse. Whilst Battle Creek Brawl was not quite as epoch defining, this is still prime Jackie – a classic bout of chopsocky on Anglicised soil, ready to punch its way into your collection in this 2K HD restoration from 88 Films.
“A martial arts fight to the finish.”
Slasher Pack XI: Tarantino Vol. 2 includes four Japanese inspired exploitation tees from Inglorious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2; available for pre-order now!
“This is what you get for fucking around with Yakuzas!”
Helmed by the iconic and groundbreaking director Lo Wei, Jackie Chan was at his martial art peak by the time he took on the leading man role in Dragon Fist (1979). To Kill with Intrigue (1977), however, is undoubtedly one of the martial arts legend’s finest moments! Only 88 Films could have brought a 2K restoration of Dragon Fist and To Kill with Intrigue to UK Blu-ray as part of their ever-expanding and acclaimed Asian cinema collection!
“A new era in kung-fu films!”
Waxwork Records is thrilled to announce the deluxe vinyl release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles original motion picture score by John DuPrez. With a highly anticipated live-action motion picture released in 1990, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proved to be the biggest pop-culture property in the world for the time.