Vigilante (1982) Blue Underground 12/15/2020
Directed By: William Lustig
Starring: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Rutanya Alda, Richard Bright
Disclaimer: Blue Underground has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Sound: Being an action film this movie thrives on it's sound design and score. Thankfully we get a great Dolby ATMOS track for this release. The sound effects and score really come through in a big robust way and adds a lot of depth to everything. The film also includes a 5.1 and 2.0 track.
Extras: As always this is loaded with features both old and new.
The Old Features: It ports over the previous two audio commentaries: 1) William Lustig, and co-producer Andrew Garroni 2) William Lustig, Robert Forster, Fred Williamson and Frank Pesce. Trailers (US, International, Brit 1,2, German, Italian and French), TV Spots, Radio Spots, Promo Reel (3mins) and Poster and Still Gallery.
The New: The new features include a third commentary by Film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson. As always the pair are well researched and really entertaining to listen to. It's a commentary that is well worth checking out. We also get two new featurette's:
Blue Collar Death Wish (25mins) This great featurette explores the making of the film with Lustig and the cast and crew. Robert Forster is interviewed which, seeing how he passed away earlier this year makes it bitter sweet. It's great that we have not only his ported over commentary but now a fresh interview as well.
The second featurette is Urban Western Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway (25mins). The score of the film is fantastic so it's great to have an interview with Chattaway.
Everything is topped off with a Collectible booklet with a new essay by historian Michael Gingold.
Final Thoughts: Blue Underground is a label that has always been on the forefront of cutting edge home video releases. The fact that we have a UHD release of films such as Maniac, Daughters of Darkness and now Vigilante is really very awesome. You also have to give the label major props for not half-assing their UHD releases. Not only does the film look and sound incredibly but we get a brand new commentary and two stellar featurette's along with the older material. Vigilante is a gritty, take no prisoners' action film with an equally ass-kicking release. In my opinion its a Must-Own!