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The Exterminator - Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
(James Glickenhaus, 1980)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: AVCO Embassy Pictures
Video: Synapse Films
Region: FREE (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 30,370,335,472 bytes
Feature Size: 28,659,290,112 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.15 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 13th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1600 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1600 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1744 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1744 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1567 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1567 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Audio Commentary with James Glickenhaus
• Theatrical Trailer (1:24 in 1080P)
•Television Spots (3:11 in 1080P)
Second disc DVD if the Feature
Description: The man they pushed too far is coming for
you–in high-def! The exploitation revenge classic THE
EXTERMINATOR burns onto Blu-ray in a newly re-mastered
“director’s cut” version! Christopher George, Robert Ginty
and Samantha Eggar star in The Exterminator, James
Glickenhaus’ explosive story of Vietnam vet John Eastland (Ginty),
a man who launches a bloody vendetta against the New York
underworld when his best friend is brutally beaten by a
vicious street gang. Eastland becomes a vigilante hero to
the public, but to police The Exterminator is a psychopath
capable of dangerously undermining an entire government
A Vietnam veteran declares a one-man war on crime in this vigilante revenge thriller. Michael Jefferson (Steve James)... saved the life of his best friend John Eastland (Robert Ginty) while the two were serving in Vietnam, so when Jefferson is left permanently paralyzed after a vicious attack by muggers, Eastland is determined to get revenge. Declaring war not only on the thugs who injured Jefferson but the entire lawless underclass, Eastland becomes known as The Exterminator for his swift and deadly retaliation against muggers and other street criminals. While Eastland's actions may be making for safer streets, they're also illegal, and just as the mob have put a price on Eastland's head, Detective James Dalton (Christopher George) has set his sights on putting The Exterminator out of business. Jazz great Stan Getz makes a cameo appearance as himself.
~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide.
In ''The Exterminator,'' which opened yesterday at the National and
other theaters, the title character metes out rough justice to loathsome
characters. He ties up the gang punks who crippled his Vietnam buddy in
an abandoned tenement for the rats to eat. A Mafia don who preys on the
wholesale meat trade is lowered slowly into a jumbo hamburger grinder. A
procurer of young boys for homosexuals is soaked with lighter fluid and
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Exterminator appears fairly modest on Blu-ray from Synapse. This is advertised as the 'Unrated Director's Cut' and I am unsure where the past DVD releases (Anchor Bay or Tango versions) had the same length version. Grain is there but so is noise and being an early 80s production we can anticipate that less-stellar stock was utilized. I don't doubt this dual-layerd transfer with a high bitrate is the apex of how good this film can look on digital. Synapse revels in these lesser releases like their Blu-rays of The Dorm that Dripped Blood and Vampire Circus. There is some nobility in releasing this and they appear to have done the best that they can. It won't be looking any better than this for your home theater.
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We get the option of two lossless tracks - both DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at around 1600 kbps. One is restored and the other 'original mono'. I probably didn't sample enough to make a good comparison but I think I noted a difference in my brief sampling. For those you prefer the 'rustic' sound they might go for the original mono. There is, obviously, no depth or separations but it did sound clear and clean. There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
We get a new commentary by James Glickenhaus - moderated by AVM contributor Chris Poggiali - full of those nuggets that make stuff like this intriguing - with a trailer and 3-minutes of TV spots - both in 1080P. Pretty good overall.
September 5th, 2011
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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