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3.0 out of 5 stars Two turkeys with some good moments..., 10 May 2009
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This review is from: Battle Beneath the Earth & Ultimate Warrior [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I came across this DVD after I recalled seeing Peter Arne, thirty years ago when I was just a child, with his ear to the sidewalk like a madman, saying, "Just like ants!" That remains the memorable opening of the first film, which must be the ultimate yellow-peril paranoia matinee flick. It contains - I kid you not - Americans made up as devious members of Chinese army who stop at nothing (including bad hypnosis) to literally undermine the USA. Unfortunately, I'd confabulated from childhood recollection that 'Battle Beneath the Earth' had James Bond style subterranean sets. It doesn't. I must say, though, Arne is peculiarly watchable as the ultimate outsider called in to save the day. The second cheesefest can't even be saved by its two famous leads - Max Von Sydow and Yul Brynner - and tempting premise (post-apocalytic New York). It mostly suffers from poor set design and a lack of imagination. Brynner is quite mesmeric though, knifing all comers without needing his shirt, getting slapped by females and not flinching a bit, and doing various other hard man acts (check the end). Forget 'Crank' - Brynner puts our current bald nuts like Jason Stratham to shame! Conclusion: both films drag a bit but are worth watching if only for the cheese factor. My advice? Pour yourself a nice beer, think like an eight year old, settle back and enjoy.
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Initial post: 12 May 2009 10:04:22 BDT
J. Donnelly says:
What aspect ratio are the films in? The product details on Amazon say 1.33:1, but user comments say anamorphic widescreen. Which is it? Hope it's the latter! JD
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