Uncle Sam [DVD] [1997]

To exploitation and genre fans, William Lustig's Blue Underground label is a dream come true. In addition to their tireless efforts in restoring films that may otherwise be forgotten or scoffed at by other, more mainstream studios, their attention to detail and frequent wealth of bonus materials have shown a company dedicated to preserving even the most obscure cinematic gem. Of course, what's the point in owning a DVD distribution company if you can't give your own films the royal treatment, and with this release of Lustig's Fourth of July shocker Uncle Sam, he does just that. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is near flawless. Colors are vibrant and vivid, edge-enhancement is kept to a bare minimum, and there is little if any sign of digital artifacting. Audio is offered in both English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround with no additional languages or subtitles. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is bold and clear, with subtle use of directional effects proving increasingly effective as the film moves toward its explosive climax. Beginning with a commentary track featuring Lustig, writer Larry Cohen, and producer George G. Braunstein, this disc offers a wealth of entertaining extras. The commentary track is fun and informative, with the filmmaker, writer, and producer keeping things moving at a lively pace. Though Lustig unfortunately repeats himself more than a few times on the second commentary track featuring him and star Isaac Hayes, it is this track that makes for better listening thanks to the wit and humor of the man who brought us the "Theme From Shaft." A "Fire Stunts" featurette with commentary by stunt coordinator Spiro Razatos clocks in at nearly five minutes -- offering a detailed look at the preparation and execution of the grand finale -- with a theatrical trailer, poster, and still galleries rounding out this solid presentation.
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director William Lustig, writer Larry Cohen, and producer George G. Braunstein
  • Audio commentary with director William Lustig and star Isaac Hayes
  • "Fire Stunts" with audio commentary by stunt coordinator Spiro Razatos
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Poster & still galleries


Uncle Sam
After being killed by friendly fire during the Gulf War, soldier Sam Harper (David Shark Fralick) inexplicably returns from the dead to wreak revenge upon corrupt military men, draft dodgers, tax cheats, and flag burners. His memory is cherished only by his nephew, who doesn't realize that in life Sam was an angry, violent alcoholic who abused his family members and earned his heroic medals simply by being psychotic on the battlefield. Sam crawls out of his coffin after being brought back to his hometown, steals an Uncle Sam costume and proceeds to wreak havoc on insincere patriots during a Fourth of July celebration. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Timothy Bottoms
    Timothy Bottoms
  • Robert Forster
    Robert Forster
  • Bo Hopkins
    Bo Hopkins
  • P.J. Soles
    P.J. Soles
  • Isaac Hayes
    Isaac Hayes

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