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Charles Bronson is back on the vigilante trail in this sequel to the smash hit Death Wish, which has been given a straightforward presentation on DVD. Death Wish 2 has been given a pan-and-scan transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and French. The film's original theatrical trailer appears as a bonus.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.