- Actors: Sean Astin, Will Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff, R. Lee Ermey
- Directors: Daniel Petrie Jr.
- Producers: Jack E. Freedman, Wayne S. Williams, Patricia Herskovic
- Format: PAL
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, French, Greek, Hindi, English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: MGM Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 16 Jan. 2006
- Run Time: 108 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000BPNCZE
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,906 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Toy Soldiers [DVD]
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Comedic action thriller starring Sean Astin and Will Wheaton. When an entire boys' school is taken hostage by international terrorists it falls to a group of troublemakers led by Billy Tepper (Astin) to try and stop them. With the army surrounding their campus, will the ingenuity and cunning of the students be enough to break the stand-off? Also starring are Keith Coogan and Denholm Elliott.
"If your teenage sons are looking for heroes, send them to 'Toy Soldiers'" --Washington Post
"Pardon the language, but I f**king love Toy Soldiers, I have since the very first time I saw it back in October 1991. Back then I thought no one was cooler than Sean Astin's authority-baiting bad-ass Billy Tepper, even if I did question why he and his mates liked to sit round in just their undies (something I still ponder about today)!" --Nerdly.co.uk --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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I was expecting it to be an action comedy, something along the lines of Home Alone meets Die Hard. How wrong I was. Toy Soldiers is surprisingly grim and serious. Directed and co-written by Beverly Hills Cop creator Daniel Petrie Jnr the film features a lot of well shot and staged action. The opening scene in particular has a memorable freefall stunt and there are innumerable blood squibs aplenty (a dying art in an age of awful CGI blood effects).
Billy Tepper and his gang of misfit Rejects draw the ire of Dean Parker at their prestigious boarding school, but he refuses to expel any of them as he sees their potential and wants to make real men of them. One of the kids is taken away by the FBI for protection when a terrorist group attempts to put pressure on his dad. Said terrorists promptly take over the school and are dismayed that their target has vanished. Instead they make do with the crop of students that they have and begin making demands. Billy and his gang do not take well to this plot and plan to strike back using whatever limited resources they have at their disposal.
It's here that Toy Soldiers sort of disappoints me. Instead of taking place in a concise time-frame it drags on for a few days and nights and features low-octane plotting for the most part. It would have been much more exciting if the gang were efficient and ready for action instead of fighting back with trickery and subterfuge. I guess it does ultimately work and hang together but the suspense could have been ramped up significantly further.
There is a great supporting cast featuring Louis Gossett Jnr, Denholm Elliot, Jerry Orbach, R. Lee Ermey, and the terrific Andrew Divoff who doesn't get as much recognition for his many bad guy performances. The movie also features a lot scenes with the boys hanging around in their Y-fronts. I am not sure to whom the director was trying to appeal with this but it feels very unnecessary.
There's not much surprise in the fact that it's fallen out of popularity and become a cult movie. Toy Soldiers had a high concept but is too low-key for it's own good. Certainly a good movie to discover but not as good as it should have been.
The Blu-ray sports a 1.85:1 1080p image that looks pretty damn good with a decent DTS HD-MA stereo soundtrack. There are absolutely zero extras.
The storyline with terrorists taking over the school could be a storyline from today...and of course it's always fun to cheer for the good guys!