Tank Girl, Maniac Cops, and Gangbangers Bust Loose on Blu-Ray Today

Sure Planes, The World’s End, 2 Guns, and We’re the Millers might be the popular choices today on the new release shelf, but to borrow a phrase from the Prince of the Internet, George Takei, “Ooooh my,” there is some other good shit hitting the shelves as well.


Assault on Precinct 13: Collector’s Edition (Shout Factory)

It might have been his second feature-length movie, and it was a few years before he went on a legendary run of bringing titles like Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Escape From New York, Starman, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, and They Live, back to back to back to back … to the canon of cinematic excellence, but Assault on Precinct 13 is still a hell of a piece of work.


It’s a classic good guys versus bad guys story, in which the bad guys have the advantage, and not only that, the good guy has to work with some other bad guys just to survive. Throw actor in Austin Stoker, of Abby and Sheba, Baby fame (at least in my mind), as the lone cop defending the precinct and you’ve got a tongue-exposed, jumping-from-the-free-throw-line slam dunk.

What’s so special about this release, well, for starters if you’re among the first 250 to order it directly from Shout Factory, like you can do from the link above, and you’ll get an 18×24 poster of the newly commissioned artwork.

Assault on Precinct 13 Bonus features:

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director John Carpenter
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Art Director & Sound Effects Editor Tommy Lee Wallace
  • NEW interview with actress Nancy Loomis Kyes
  • NEW interview with actor Austin Stoker
  • Interview with John Carpenter and Austin Stoker
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots

Speaking of Cops…


Today is unofficially Maniac Cop Tuesday, so after you pick up Blue Underground’s new releases of Maniac Cop 2, and Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, do a few chin-ups in honor of the best looking character Robert Z’Dar ever played on film, the undead cop Matt Cordell.

Aside from teaching us it takes a lot of makeup to make Z’Dar look good, the Maniac Cop movies teach us low-to-moderate budget horror movies can still be horrifically bad, yet entertaining at the same time. In the case of Maniac Cop 2, even Bruce Campbell allegedly isn’t too proud to see it listed on his acting resume.

An interesting tidbit about William Lustig, the director of all three Maniac Cop movies, a full 25-percent of the films he directed have the word Maniac in the title. Crazy.

It should also be noted the soundtrack to Maniac Cop 2 will get a limited-edition, 1,000 copy, CD release Dec. 3.


Maniac Cop 2 Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Director William Lustig and Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Back On The Beat – The Making Of MANIAC COP 2
  • Cinefamily Q&A with Director William Lustig
  • Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Isolated Music Track
  • Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems


Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence Extras:

  • Wrong Arm Of The Law – The Making Of MANIAC COP 3
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Original Synopsis
  • Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems

And last, but not least in today’s Blu Ray releases…


Tank Girl: Collector’s Edition (Shout Factory)

Greedy corporations have a tight grip on all of the water, you know, the stuff people need to survive, in a post-comet-collision world that is stricken with draught and they have no intentions of giving more than a trickle of it to the common folk.  Small groups of renegades, including a pop-punk princess and some kangaroo people, have made it their life’s mission to free the wet stuff and bring life back to a thirsty, struggling civilization.

Sure, it sounds ridiculous on the surface.


Sure, I’ll agree that Ice-T looks ridiculous dressed as a kangaroo.


Hell, I’ll even admit that most of Tank Girl’s outfits out ridiculous nearly all of that, but when it comes down to it the movie is no more ridiculous than the entire Mad Max franchise which made the pre-Nazi-esque Mel Gibson a lovable international superstar. The biggest difference between Tank Girl and (insert your favorite Mad Max movie here) is that Tank Girl herself, played by Lori Petty, is a much more delectable bite of eye candy than anything crawling around the petrol-starved, post-apocalyptic world portrayed in the Max movies.


The fact that this movie has Iggy Pop, Malcolm McDowell, Naomi Watts, and Ann Cusack in it is just a bonus. And by the way, does anyone other than me think there should be a male porn star with the last name Cusack?

Another thing going for Tank Girl is it almost unanimously panned by critics and was a box office failure. In my world, this snippet from a review by Roger Ebert is all I need to see to know this movie is a good time:

Whatever the faults of “Tank Girl,” lack of ambition is not one of them. Here is a movie that dives into the bag of filmmaking tricks and chooses all of them. Trying to re-create the multimedia effect of the comic books it’s based on, the film employs live action, animation, montages of still graphics, animatronic makeup, prosthetics, song-and-dance routines, scale models, fake backdrops, holography, title cards, matte drawings, and computerized special effects. All I really missed were 3-D and Smell-O-Vision.

The bonus features don’t add much to this Blu-Ray release, especially considering they’re selling it as a collector’s edition, but it doesn’t really have to. The movie is a good time and that’s more than enough.


Tank Girl Bonus features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Rachel Talalay and Actress Lori Petty
  • Interviews with Lori Petty and Production Designer Catherine Hardwicke
  • Vintage Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer 

It’s definitely a great stocking stuffer for yourself.

One other release that’s flying under the radar today is the release of George Thorogood and the Destroyers: Live at Montreux. George might have one foot in the grave, but his other one is firmly planted in the blues, and both of them stomp like hell keeping the classic rock beat alive.  Besides, don’t we all drink alone sometimes?

Episode 40: It’s The Final Parker!

This Thanksgiving episode is very special. Lee and J-Mo are joined by podcast GOD, Parker Bowman of Pool Party Radio and Junk Food Dinner. We talk remakes we’d like to see, what we don;t mind taking for granted, and a new(ish) segment called “Rapid Rants” that covers a handful of topics like Ariel Winter, Elmo, and more. ENJOY!

Episode 40: It’s The Final Parker!