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The Exterminator [DVD]

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  • Actors: Robert Ginty, Samantha Eggar, Christopher George, Steve James, Tony DiBenedetto
  • Directors: James Glickenhaus
  • Writers: James Glickenhaus
  • Producers: Mark Buntzman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022VMKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,125 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

James Glickenhaus writes and directs this American action feature. When his friend is paralysed in a gang attack Vietnam veteran John Eastland (Robert Ginty) decides to wreak revenge upon anyone who crosses his path, calling himself The Exterminator. He becomes a hero to the public with his no-nonsense approach to law enforcement, but the police believe him to be an unstable psychopath, capable of untold murder and mayhem.

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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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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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Format: Blu-ray
Arrow’s commitment to releasing finely polished versions of cult greats appears to be beyond question. I recently viewed their deluxe Blu Ray release of the 1980 grindhouse favourite The Exterminator. I have some vivid memories of The Exterminator, a film that practically sucked me from the high street and into the lobby of my local cinema some 34 years ago. What a poster, an unidentifiable urban soldier wearing a black biker helmet and using a flame thrower as his weapon of choice! Yep, it was an image that was always going to get me to the box office for my ticket and of course, the latest copy of Film Review magazine. The Exterminator was quite an extraordinary film; lame of course by today’s standards – perhaps, but in 1980 is was really something rather wild.
Director James Glickenhaus wastes little time in his narrative style, a huge hill top explosion sees a soldier flying through the air. We are undoubtedly in the middle of a war zone – the Vietnam War. The next cut reveals we are in an enemy camp, and an interrogation of 3 bound U.S. soldiers. Two of the captive soldiers, John Eastland (Robert Ginty) and Michael Jefferson (Steve James) witness the slow decapitation of their fellow marine. Both Eastland and Jefferson manage to escape before they are killed. They manage to reach a helicopter and escape. We dissolve into a night helicopter shot of New York – and the opening credits roll. It’s an amazing pre-credit sequence that manages to pull you straight into the action and you’re hooked. It is soon established that both men have simply escaped one hell hole to arrive back home to another. Working together in the gritty city of New York, Eastland learns that his buddy Jefferson has been the victim of a gang attack which has left him paralysed.
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Format: DVD
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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