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(aka "Rage to Kill" )

 

directed by Ernst R. von Theumer
USA/West Germany 1986

 

When USC medical student Ally (Candice Daly, ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH) receives news that here estranged globetrotting, pleasure-seeking mother Amanda (Maud Adams, THE GIRL IN BLUE) drowned in Rio on her honeymoon with latest husband Karl (William Berger, THE SINISTER EYES OF DOCTOR ORLOFF), she jets off to Rio for the funeral. No sooner does she discover that her mother was actually murdered than she is nearly killed when gunmen lead by assassin El Pasado (Eduardo Conde, THE EMERALD FOREST) and learns from hunky rescuer Tonio (Rômulo Arantes, BLAME IT ON RIO) that Amanda was a Nazi hunter who married Karl in order to track down his elusive war criminal uncle Martin Hoffmann (Stewart Granger, THE SECRET INVASION) who has developed a formula from the venom of rare tiny South American spiders that can take away the will of its victims. Time is running out as he and partners Johann (Herb Andress, BEWARE OF THE HOLY WHORE) and Heinrich (George Lazenby, WHO SAW HER DIE?) are planning to test it out on a large scale on the "insignificant city" of Los Angeles. Together with badass partner Nelia (Nelia J. Cozza) and river guide "Kong" (Russ McCubbin, HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER) brave El Pasado's men along the Amazon and in the jungle in search of Hoffmann's legendary fortress known as "Green Hell" to crash a party of Nazis gathered for a demo of his plot for world domination. Nowhere near as sleazy or unintentionally funny as director Ernst R. von Theumer's previous WOMEN IN PRISON trilogy CHAINED HEAT, RED HEAT, and JUNGLE WARRIORS (the latter with which it may have the most in common), HELL HUNTERS seems a considerably tamer effort despite some T&A, a lot of violence, and a Nazi plot for world domination. Daly and Arantes try for some ROMANCING THE STONE-esque adversarial banter and a fleshy yet awkward waterfall sex scene. While Adams makes an early exit despite top billing and Lazenby passes through scenes with disinterest, Granger at least gives a committed performance even when the script requires him to be ridiculously naive.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: May 1988 (France)

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Film Chest Media

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:39:21
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.25 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English Dolby Digtal 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Chest Media

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: July 5th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 6

 

 

 

Comments

Film Chest Media's pressed single-layer DVD sports a progressive, anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen encode of an HD master from a 35mm print. It is no stunner, but it's really the only game in town. Detail is a little flat, although not quite as bad as some of Film Chest's past DNR'd issues of older films with better sources. The minute image jitter throughout is most noticeable in wide and static shots, the print source seems a tad faded (with one or two shots that may be patched in from an inferior source or just poorly shot and/or retimed to be brighter). The impact of the Dolby Digital 2.0 encode of the Dolby Stereo mix is diminished by digital cleanup that has an early section of the film sounding muffled, hissy, and tinny; however, the audio is Closed Captioned like many other Film Chest titles. The menus are standard for Film Chest and there are no extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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