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The Exterminator [Blu-ray]

Robert Ginty , Christopher George , James Glickenhaus    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Ginty, Christopher George, Samantha Eggar, Steve James, Tony di Benedetto
  • Directors: James Glickenhaus
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,881 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Flamethrowers ready as the alleyways of skid row are set ablaze with the brutal vengeance of one man... The Exterminator!

John Eastland has been to Nam and he s seen things... Things you wouldn t believe. Surviving torture and witnessing the brutal deaths of his friends, John returns home to a tough neighbourhood in New York and his loving family. But when some local thugs take a crippling dislike to his best friend Mike, leaving him paralysed, something snaps in John. Did he fight the Vietcong for this? Taking the law into his own hands, Eastland sets out to clean the streets of every low life, good for nothing gang banger, mobster and ghetto ghoul across the city in director James Glickenhaus (McBain) brutally violent vigilante classic.


  • High Definition Blu-ray presentation of the feature, presented totally uncut!
  • Original DTS 2.0 audio
  • Audio commentary with Mark Buntzman, producer of The Exterminator and writer/director of The Exterminator II, moderated by Calum Waddell
  • Introduction to the film by director James Glickenhaus
  • Fire and Slice: Making The Exterminator An interview with director James Glickenhaus 42nd Street Then and Now: A tour of New York s former sleaze circuit from director Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Frankenhooker)
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Tom The Dude Designs Hodge
  • Collector s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by critic David Hayles

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 10 Nov 2011
By I love New York VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Received my copy of "The Exterminator" on blu yesterday and spent last night taking in everything this release has to offer.

To start with the picture is very good. One or two tiny blips here or there, but overall it looks fantastic. The opening sequence with New York in all it's neon glory looks truly amazing. The rest of the film is far superior to what we had to put up with in it's previous DVD releases.

The extras are fantastic as usual with interviews and film commentary and even includes a short with Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case) telling us about 42nd street and what is left from it glory days (seedy glory days that is). You may want to look away when the nail comes out, I'll let you discover this for yourself!

Comes with a nice window display box, reversible blu ray cover, mini booklet and poster.

With Maniac Cop [Blu-ray] being released last week it's been a great few days for fans of exploitation flicks.

5 stars from me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great release 18 Nov 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Arrow continue (along with shameless) to be my favourite label of releasers of cult movies, they consistemtly churn out quality presentations of great cult movies and the good work is continued here with a nice new deluxe release of cult favourite "The Exterminator"

As most people know "The Exterminator" was one of those movies ( if your of an age to remember) that permeated the front of every video store in the early 80's, the cover of a guy in a motorcycle helmet with a flame thrower was too tempting to ignore! It was subsequently a huge hit on VHS back in the day but washed out VHS transfers and some average DVD releases of this movie have done it an injustice, that is until now!

This new Blu ray won't have anyone giving it a five star transfer but compared to past releases this film has never looked better! there is still some print damage evident, speckles and pops are ever present but not overly distracting, colours arent much improved over DVD releases but overall picture quality is improved though there is inconsistency between scenes, some scenes look fresh as a daisy and others troublesome but overall i've never seen this movie looking this good.

The sound in DTS 2.0 is clear and weighty. A 5.1 mix would have been welcome though.

There's not many extra's this time round from Arrow but what's here is good - You get a nice audio commentary with Mark Butzman the producer of the film moderated by Arrow's Calum Waddell, this is a pretty insightful commentary which is pretty interesting and Wadell does his best to keep the commentary flowing. Recommended.

Also there is a 20 min "making of" but this is really just a 20 min interview with the director James Glickenhouse. Some interesting anicdotes though.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exterminator 4 Oct 2003
By "mdak"
This is a truly excellent 80,s masterpiece of action. The exterminator tells the story of JOHN EASTLAND, an ex-vietnam veteran who in the beginging, is a quite sane man, considering the effects of vietnam, gone berzerk after his best friend is paralised. The film decribes a law abiding man going mad at the crime ridding streets that seem to be a permanent obstacle.
Having seen enough after the attack of his friend by a gang of ruthless streetyobs, Eastland goes vigilante, in order to stop the streets becoming a mindless timebomb.
The exterminator is a truly wonderful action film for its time, considering the typical storyline for a deathwish movie. But it still delivers the thrill and excitement of any other action movie. All i say is .... give it a viewing.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent gritty revenge drama 6 Nov 2006
The exterminator is a low budget independent production which became quite a big hit in 1980 no doubt fuelled by the controversy surronding its violent scenes, many of which received serious pruning by the censors on both sides of the atlantic.

Most notably the opening vietnam sequence and the the torture of a prostitute fell foul of the censors scissors, scenes whch are now restored in this directors cut dvd. Although fairly tame by todays standards of violent mayhem, this was tough stuff in 1980, and the opening scene still packs a punch after all these years. That it does is down to the excellent sfx of stan winston and more importantly the direction of James Glickenhaus, a vastly underrated director of condirable talent.

Make no mistake, this is a low budget independant film and it is to Glickenhaus' credit that he gives this film a scope and depth that its belies its budget, the aforementioned vietnam sequence is extremely well photographed and directed and effectively captures the horror of war in the first reel. No other film before or since has shown the butchery that went on in that war, directors such as Stone and Coppolla chose to gloss over the gory details to a certain extent, Glickenhaus does not compromise, which is to his great credit.

An excellent credit sequence consisting of helicopter shots of the NY skyline at night again belies the budget of this film before we are brought down to earth to the grit and grime of the NY streets and the story begins. On watching the film again its nice to see a film that captures the struggle of working class people in their harsh everyday environment with no hollywood gloss, this film keeps it real and is so much better for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great B-Movie from the 80's in a fantastic BRay release
In this day and age it is pretty rare to see B-Movies from 30 years + getting a release, let alone on Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jean Philippe Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars James Glickenhaus's Vigilante Classic Survives its Dark and...
Arrow’s commitment to releasing finely polished versions of cult greats appears to be beyond question. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dallison
4.0 out of 5 stars Exterminate, Exterminate!
How wonderfully tacky and exploitive, The Exterminator rides in on the coat tails of films like Death Wish and has a bloody good time doing so. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Spike Owen
1.0 out of 5 stars dont konw what all the fuss is about It's dire
should have checked rotten tomatoes before I baught this film, the editing is laughable and jumpy, violence what violence every time the builld up scenes with eastland reach its... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anthony smart
5.0 out of 5 stars velly good
ive been extremely satisfied with this dvd, its almost new, was sent turbocharged, and as I haven't watched it since the 80's I enjoyed it very much!!
Published 8 months ago by Zak
5.0 out of 5 stars the exterminator
a good film a bit gory at times but worth watching keeps u n the edge of ur seat frm start 2 finish
Published 11 months ago by norman neillll his
3.0 out of 5 stars average film
this is a average horror film and would be ideal for the people who don't like too much gore as it it tame
Published 15 months ago by patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars child hood
Film turned up in no time at all.

Right the film ain't the greatest and is flawed. But it awesome 80 b movieness so who cares if its flawed. Its awesome for that
Published 15 months ago by alec
3.0 out of 5 stars depressing film
the exterminator has long since been repackged with diffrent covers and diffrent catch phrases ,the cover shows a enforcer with flame thrower ,never does ginty portray the picture... Read more
Published 22 months ago by surfing bad boy
5.0 out of 5 stars "..RETRO CLASSIC 80'S.."
This is an absolute cheesy 80s classic movie, if your big into the 80s movies then this is a must, it has a great story, simple but effective revenge theme, one man takes on the... Read more
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