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Murder Weapon and Deadly Embrace are laughable erotic thrillers but I’d be lying if I was entertained by just how bad both were in just about every respect from the editing, acting and writing. If you’re a fan of the low budget 1980s flicks, both might hit the right spot.

 

 

Murder Weapon/Deadly Embrace
(1989)

Genre(s): Thriller, Horror
Vinegar Syndrome | NR – 165 min. – $29.98 | October 25, 2016

Date Published: 11/11/2016 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
David DeCoteau
Writer(s): Ross A. Perron (written by)(Murder Weapon), Richard Gabai (written by)(Deadly Embrace)
Cast: Linnea Quigley, Jan-Michael Vincent, Lyle Waggoner, Karen Russell, Mindi Miller, Jack Carter, Michelle Bauer, Mike Jacobs Jr.
DISC INFO:
Features:
Audio Commentaries, Trailer, Outtakes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 42.2 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 

THE MOVIES


Murder Weapon
Two women, who have just been released from an asylum, hold a party to reunite with their old boyfriends. Soon though a mysterious black clad killer begins murdering the boys in increasingly gruesome ways. Can the murderer be unmasked before it’s too late?

Deadly Embrace
A lonely and under-sexed housewife hires a studly houseman, only to begin an affair with him. But when his actress girlfriend (LINNEA QUIGLEY) comes to visit, as well as her wealthy husband (JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT), things start happening that no one would have expected…

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5


Murder Weapon

  • Audio Commentary with Director David DeCoteau & Actress Linnea Quigley
  • Intro (2:26; HD) – DeCoteau gives background on the film.
  • Video Trailer (1:24; SD)

Deadly Embrace

  • Audio Commentary with Director David DeCoteau & Actress Linnea Quigley
  • Intro (1:55; HD) is another offering from DeCoteau on the origins of this film.
  • Outtakes (2:53; HD)

 


VIDEO – 3.5/5


Murder Weapon — 4.5/5
The film is presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer from a 2K restoration of the 16mm original camera negative and show in its original 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio. I actually was pretty impressed with the picture, colors were fairly bright throughout and detail looked sharp and nicely defined. I didn’t notice any major instances of dust marks, aliasing or artifacts though the noise was heavy and there was some banding in the opening credits.Deadly Embrace — 3.5/5
Here, this 1080p transfer (again, 2K from the 16mm camera negative) isn’t as good as it’s not as vibrant and detail not as sharp, yet for a extremely low budget affair, it is at least looks decent and was relatively clean.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


Both films come with DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 tracks and they are basically equal in quality. It’s a bit heavy with the cheap music/score but at least dialogue levels were clear. It’s not the cleanest lossless track as there were plenty of hisses and pops here and there, but bearing in mind these were cheap productions, they were better than expected.

 


OVERALL – 2.5/5


Overall, Murder Weapon and Deadly Embrace are laughable erotic thrillers but I’d be lying if I was entertained by just how bad both were in just about every respect from the editing, acting and writing. If you’re a fan of the low budget 1980s flicks, both might hit the right spot. The Blu-ray released through Vinegar Syndrome offers good video and audio transfers however the features are a tad limited, though the commentaries aren’t half bad.

 

 

 

 

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