Jun 132020
 

Enemy Gold is no better or worse than most of Sidaris’ films, though it’s also really indistinguishable as outside of a scene or two, they all kind of blend together.

 

 

Enemy Gold
(1993)

 

Genre(s): Action, Thriller
Mill Creek Entertainment | R – 92 min. – $19.98 | May 12, 2020

Date Published: 06/13/2020 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Drew Sidaris
Writer(s): Wess Rahn & Drew Sidaris (written by)
Cast: Bruce Penhall, Mark Barriere, Suzi Simpson, Tai Collins, Rodrigo Obregon, Julie Strain, Alan Abelew


DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurette, Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1


Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 35.64 GB
Total Bitrate: 39.42 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


Mill Creek Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 2.25/5


Plot Synopsis: International crime czar Carlos Santiago (RODRIGO OBREGON) runs his operation under the cover of a Dallas “gentlemen’s club”. His right-hand assassin, Jewel Panther (JULIE STRAIN), is an exotic beauty with a killer bod… and gun.

Federal agents Chris Cannon (BRUCE PENHALL), Mark Austin (MARK BARRIERE) and Becky Midnite (SUZI SIMPSON) are assigned to bring down Santiago’s operation. However, their double-crossing agency commander, Dickson (ALAN ABELEW), rewards their successful raid with a temporary suspension for the use of excessive force. The three agents use their time off to take a camping expedition deep into the bayous of Texas and discover a cache of gold stolen during the Civil War.

Quick Hit Review: Enemy Gold is the first of two films, the other being The Dallas Connection, directed by Drew Sidaris, son of Andy Sidaris director of the previous films in the LETHAL Ladies “franchise”, and a bit of a reboot with some actors returning in different roles. Andy Sidaris is still on board as a producer but frankly, as with many of the others, Enemy Gold is indistinguishable, though at least there were a couple good-bad/fun scenes, so at least I wasn’t really bored.

The acting of course is pretty terrible unaided by a script and dialogue that is atrocious and a stitched together plot that involves (slightly) buried gold by two wayward Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. I will admit, seeing a Civil War re-enactment was the last thing I expected to see in a Sidaris-produced movie. I can only assume while filming in Louisiana, a re-enactment was going on so they took advantage… In any case, you do get a couple plot conveniences that were laughable, even by T&A-based film standards, where characters just luck into the gold; one searches for a place to pee, discovers the journal and map to gold, the next during a chase, one baddie gets killed by a branch, and what do you know, the tree with its knife marker to the gold was right there. Course, how this place remained undiscovered, or at least the Civil War era knife not taken, is beyond me.

Sigh. Yeah, I’m nitpicking a Sidaris movie. I apologize.

As poorly made as Enemy Gold was, with no distinguishing style by Drew Sidars, like his pops before him, and bad acting all around, at least I wasn’t ever bored and even though she was terrible, yelling her lines most of the time, Julie Strain is certainly beautiful, along with her, ahem, attire or lack thereof.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


Included inside is a Digital Copy code through “movieSPREE”. Features include an Introduction by Andy Sidaris, Audio Commentary with Producers Andy and Arlene Sidaris, a Behind the Scenes (44:19) featurette, which mostly was about Return to Savage Beach and some miscellaneous material, and trailers for the Malibu Trailers including Enemy Gold (2:27).

 


VIDEO – 4.25/5


Mill Creek releases Enemy Gold which is presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. This is another relatively impressive picture, while there are noticeable film damage here and there (primarily vertical lines on certain scenes) and even a glitch that I don’t know was an issue with the transfer or with the film print, otherwise detail is sharp and nicely defined, colors are generally vibrant, if not also inconsistent (again, probably the print), and the natural grain and noise is still intact.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


As with the other releases, this comes with an adequate DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. As with the picture, it’s not perfect as there are limitations with the micro budget production, things like dialogue still comes across with good clarity as does ambient noises while the action elements don’t really pack a great punch.

 


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, Enemy Gold is no better or worse than most of Sidaris’ films, though it’s also really indistinguishable as outside of a scene or two, they all kind of blend together with terrible acting, poor writing and mundane direction, where even the sex scenes aren’t exactly titillating. That being said, it is something to have Mill Creek release these in glorious high-definition.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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