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Lost Empire [DVD] [1985] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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5.0 out of 5 stars A review of The Lost Empire. 15 April 2014
By J. Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
How best to describe this long overlooked treasure? Imagine Enter The Dragon... but with busty broads instead of guys. Tough as nails female cop Angel Wolfe (Melanie Vincz) assembles a team of girl fighters; ex-con Heather McClure (Angela Aames) and Cherokee warrior woman Whitestar (Raven De La Croix) (Yes... THE Raven De La Croix... that one!) to infiltrate the sinister island fortress of evil immortal Dr Sin Do (no really... that's his name.) Seems this evil mastermind is running some sort of tournament/training camp for the super women of tomorrow... or some such tosh... Whilst plotting world domination via the use of magic crystals... or a giant laser beam... or something...I mean... who cares about the plot? Bob Tessier is in it playing, I think, two parts (it's not clear really... but upon his death he vows to return anyway.) and what's there to say about the doctor's world destroying super weapon? a giant laser gun?...well let's just say it's design suggests that the good doctor was unconsciously trying to compensate for something.
This is the debuted film by visionary director Jim Wynorski (vision; get big titted women into the movie somehow.) who also wrote the screenplay. Anyway, the girl's costumes (what little of them there are) have to be seen to be believed and it remains (as far as I know) the only movie where a rampaging gorilla is disposed of via a kick in the nuts.
Put it this way... if Kenny Everett's `Cupid Stunt' were real... this is the sort of movie she would be in. "So go see it... it's all done in the best possible taste!"

We are promised a new deluxe two disc blue ray edition soon... with Raven De La Croix in high def.

Trivia The evil "Lee Chuck" , was so named in homage to Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have been waiting for this to come out. 6 April 2014
By Thomasina - Published on Amazon.com
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31 years ago, I worked on this movie. I was right out of college at the time, so this was my first "Job". I wanted a copy to show my husband, family and friends to show them what I did, and to have as a "resume" item. This is not just another movie, but this is a Keepsake for me. Please enjoy and review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost gem finally unearthed 25 April 2014
By Jacob Gustafson - Published on Amazon.com
Any cult fan worth their salt has seen at least one film by director Jim Wynorski. Chopping Mall, The Return of Swamp Thing, Munchie, Dinosaur Island, Ghoulies IV, Deathstalker II, the list goes on and on and on. The Guy has 96 directing credits in total, and The Lost Empire is his first.

A kick ass attractive blonde super cop’s schlubby partner is murdered by some hypnotist/ninja guys via spinning ninja stars. They belong to a secretive sect that lives on an island. The only way for her to investigate the murder is to answer an ad in the paper put up by the sect. They’re looking for kick ass attractive women to join up. Our hero is a shoe in but there’s one catch. Entries have to come in three, so she has to find two partners to infiltrate the island, kick some ass and save the day. She gets a Native American and a convict to fill out the trifecta and along with her mustacheoed FBI agent boyfriend (also an ass kicker), they get on the island and give ‘em hell.

Funded by a guy looking for a tax loss (it wasn’t), this is the first time a young Jim showed the world what he had to offer. Part fantasy, part Enter the Dragon knock off, part buddy cop flick, and part T & A schlock fest, The Lost Empire gave me everything I was looking for. Ridiculous fight scenes, awful one liners, boobs, blood, broad racial stereotypes, a lazer that looks like a cock n balls, a John Carpenter-esque soundtrack, and a heaping helping of cheese. Angus Scrimm of Phantasm fame plays a small but fun role that gave him the opportunity to deliver some grade B lines and chew the scenery like he was starving. Robert Tessier of Hard Times and Starcrash also gets to deliver some quote worthy lines. It’s always nice to see his bald head pop up in flicks since his time on earth was so short. At 83 minutes the film moves at lightning speed from setup to setup rarely pausing for air. The film is about as deep as a puddle and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I had so much fun watching this that I’m sure it will be shown at my house for friends many many times.

The Lost Empire has charm and cheese buy the bucketful. I’m very glad this is finally available on dvd after being stuck in rights-holder hell for many years. It’s presented in widescreen and isn’t a vhs rip though the overall picture quality isn’t stellar but you can bet it hasn’t looked this good since 1985. It’s a high recommend for 80′s adventure fans and anyone who enjoys great B-movies. Did I mention it’s cheesy? Cuz it’s cheesy. Nacho convention level cheese. Joe Bob Briggs would tell you to check it out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal, folks 24 April 2014
By Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a Jim Wynorski fan, this is a must. The Lost Empire is b-movie balls to the wall. Babes, fights, jilted dialogue, and that wonderful b-movie touch that can't be reproduced. Polyscope has also delivered a cleaned up version of the film that looks stunning. No more pan and scan!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Empire Has Been Found 1 Sep 2014
By Michael King - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Lost Empire," written and directed by Jim Wynorski, is a combination of James Bond films (outrageous villains), Kung Fu flicks (lots of fight scenes), and Andy Sidaris movies (whose motto was bullets, bombs and babes). This also includes a Women-In-Prison movie scene, featuring a fight between inmates Heather McClure (blonde beauty Angela Aames), and leather-clad dominatrix Whiplash (Angelique Pettyjohn). That's immediately followed by the obligatory Women-In Prison movie shower scene with Heather. Melanie Vincz is very convincing as the lead actress Angel Wolfe. Super-stacked Raven De La Croix (Russ Meyer's "Up!") is stunningly beautiful as Native American Whitestar, and appears topless in one very memorable scene. The three lead actresses are not only gorgeous and sexy, they're equally adept at action scenes and tongue-in-cheek comedy. The film moves along briskly, and is very entertaining.
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