Mar 192016
 

Rage of Honor is a blissfully cheesy 1980s action/martial arts flick that might not feature great performances but the fight scenes aren’t terribly choreographed and it has enough of the fun factor to make it so entertaining.

 

 

Rage of Honor
(1987)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Action, Suspense/Thriller, Crime
Arrow Video | R – 92 min. – $29.95 | March 15, 2016

Date Published: 03/19/2016 | Author: The Movieman


 

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Gordon Hessler
Writer(s): Robert Short (story), Robert Short and Wallace Bennett (screenplay)
Cast: Sho Kosugi, Robin Evans, Gerry Gibson, Chip Lucia, Richard Wiley

DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurettes, Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (PCM 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 26.6 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


PLOT SYNOPSIS

Federal agent Shiro Tanaka (SHO KOSUGI) used to live for his job – now, he lives only for revenge. When his partner is killed during a bungled drug bust, Shiro throws away his badge and the rule book with it: arming himself with an array of deadly weaponry – including nunchucks, blades and ninja stars – he sets out to Argentina to settle the score with the bad guys.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5

This Arrow Video release comes with a nice reversible cover revealing the original poster artwork. Also included is a 20-page booklet.

Sho and Tell Part 2: The Domination (17:48; HD) is an interview, recorded in Japan in October 2015, with star Sho Kosugi discussing his career from Rage of Honor onwards.

Stelvio Cipriani Interview (2:47; HD) – The composer chats about his work on Rage of Honor.

American Ninjas (7:34; HD) – Writer Chris Poggiali discusses the rise in popularity of the Ninja film in the U.S. in the 1980s.

Trailer GalleryEnter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, Pray for Death and Rage of Honor

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5

Arrow Video unleashes Rage of Honor presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Although there is a heave presence of noise throughout, especially prevalent during nighttime scenes, it’s not a terrible looking transfer with strong detail and colors appear to be natural looking. There were some minor instances of dirt and other imperfections yet for the most part it’s a fine looking transfer that according to the liner notes was culled from a 35mm negative.

 

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The film comes with a powerful PCM 2.0 track that not only shows off clear dialogue levels but some sweet 1980s score and music, including the title song, “I Was Gonna Be Good To You”. Beyond that, it’s just an all around clean track with no noticeable hissing, crackles and pops.

 



OVERALL – 3.5/5

Overall, Rage of Honor is a blissfully cheesy 1980s action/martial arts flick that might not feature great performances but the fight scenes aren’t terribly choreographed and it has enough of the fun factor to make it so entertaining. The Blu-ray released through Arrow Video has good video/audio transfers but falls a tad short in the features department, which is surprising for Arrow.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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