Paul Kersey's (Charles Bronson) self-appointed one-man vigilante squad goes bi-coastal in Michael Winner's sequel to his Death Wish. Kersey has taken up residence in Los Angeles, but lunatic violence follows him across the country like toilet paper sticking to his shoe. Kersey's Spanish cook is immediately gang-banged and killed, while his daughter, still suffering from a catatonic stupor after her brutal rape in the first film, finds herself raped yet again. Vincent Gardenia as New York detective Frank Ochoa, reprises his role from the first film here -- traveling to Los Angeles to locate Kersey but finding death waiting for him off a LA freeway ramp. After all this mayhem, Kersey cannot cringe in hiding for long, and once again he loads up his tube socks with rolls of quarters and goes hoodlum hunting.~Paul Brenner
Death Wish II got a release on Blu-ray a few months ago, but that release was only the theatrical version, which cut some elements from a graphic scene to get an R rating. Here, we have the uncensored version with said scene intact.
I won't go into details of the plot, but it basically breaks down to Charles Bronson blowing away street trash that have attacked his family. Be on the lookout for a young Lawrence Fishburne sporting some pink sunglasses!
Image quality is solid and better than you would expect, though not necessary a huge improvement over the old disc, which looked pretty good to begin with.
Bonus features include a commentary, TV spot, trailer, and image gallery. Sadly, there is nothing more substantial than this.
Lacking bonuses aside, this is the version of Death Wish II on Blu-ray you should own.
This is a typical 80's Cannon film. It just happens to have Charles Bronson instead of Chuck Norris. Guns, over-the-top violence and that 80's schlock are all present. It's got the R rated and unrated cuts available, unlike the MGM release. This isn't going to win any Oscars for acting... I mean, if want you to veg out and relive your teen years with an action movie, this is one to do it with!
Like heirloom silver that is well used and polished, Death Wish II is a gem! The subject is still fresh and in the news weekly. Bronson's vigilantism is shocking and brutal, but it fits the crime. Finally, society takes the law into it's own hands and it will blow you away. Highly recommend it to all American citizens who give a hoot about safety.
Can't say how many versions of Death Wish movies I watched. If you are looking for the unrated cut version, this is the one that has both; Theater (i.e. aired TV edit) or the unrated (uncut) version. Great that Shout Factory got this done. Just hoping that they will complete the Death Wish series with the Unrated versions. (I had many MGM releases DVD/Blu-ray) and this version is by far the best.
I grew up going to the theater in the late 70s and all through the 80s watching Charles Bronson at the movie theater and couldn’t get enough. I remember Death Wish 2 as one of his best in the Death Wish Franchise and the uncut Bluray is great, brings back found memories of Bronson.
Shout brings us Death Wish 2 uncut, not much special features though, to be called a special edition. Has an audio commentary & both cuts of the film. At the $12.99 price i got from best buy, it was definitely worth picking up.