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Severin Films Heats Up This June With Jungle Mayhem From Mattei, Fragasso, & Dick Randall

Friday, March 5, 2021 | News

Summer is already warming up for ’80s exploitation junkies thanks to Severin Films! With three long-lost jungle-set grindhouse joints hitting Blu-ray for the first time, June is going to be blast! Full details below.

On June 22nd, Severin Films is brandishing a machete and hacking through the thick brush of ‘80s exploitation history to retrieve a trio of long-lost treasures – STRIKE COMMANDO, STRIKE COMMANDO 2 and INVADERS OF THE LOST GOLD – all featuring new Special Features and presented on Blu-Ray for the first time ever. 

STRIKE COMMANDO: Two years before the deranged genius of ROBOWAR and SHOCKING DARK, writer/director Bruno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi borrowed from RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, MISSING IN ACTION and more to create their own mind-blowing ‘Namsploitation masterpiece: Reb Brown (UNCOMMON VALOR) stars as Sgt. Mike Ransom, a one-man war machine on a screaming-for-vengeance mission against brutal Vietcong, merciless Russians, double-crossing U.S. officers and acres of bullet-blasted Philippines jungle. Christopher Connelly (RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS), Luciano Pigozzi (ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) and Jim Gaines (ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD) co-star in this exploding bamboo gun-tower of “Mattei magic at its finest” (Good Efficient Butchery), now mastered in 2K from the original negative for the first time.

STRIKE COMMANDO 2: Director Bruno Mattei and screenwriters Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi return to the Philippine jungles with a higher budget, bigger action and Richard Harris (yes, that Richard Harris) for a crowd-pleaser that shamelessly borrows from APOCALYPSE NOW, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, RAMBO and beyond. This time, Sgt Mike Ransom (Brent Huff of GWENDOLINE fame) battles the KGB, rogue CIA agents, an army of ninjas, a tough bar owner (Miss World 1977 Mary Stavin) and “all the stuntman craziness and explosions you can cram into 90 minutes” (DTV Connoisseur). Mel Davidson (ROBOWAR) and Vic Diaz (THE BIG BIRD CAGE) co-star in this slow-motion machine-gun of Mattei mayhem that’s “just as insane as its predecessor” (Good Efficient Butchery), now featuring a 2K scan from the original negative for the first time ever. 

INVADERS OF THE LOST GOLD: From producer Dick Randall – whose international trashterpieces include ESCAPE FROM WOMEN’S PRISON, THE WILD WILD WORLD OF JAYNE MANSFIELD and PIECES – comes perhaps the most notorious all-star Philippine productions of the ‘80s: In the last days of WWII, a Japanese platoon is attacked by headhunters while attempting to hide millions in gold. 36 years later, a grizzled guide (onetime Academy Award® nominee Stuart Whitman) is hired to lead an expedition – including Woody Strode (SPARTACUS), Harold ‘Oddjob’ Sakata and Laura ‘Emanuelle’ Gemser – into a jungle inferno of greed, violence, nudity and murder. Edmund Purdom (ABSURD) and Glynis Barber (DEMPSEY AND MAKEPEACE) co-star in this “delicious piece of atrocity cake” (Funxton) directed by Alan Birkenshaw (KILLER’S MOON) – also known as HORROR SAFARI – now scanned in 2K for the first time ever. 

For full specs, special features, and pre-order info, visit Severin Films

Rocco T. Thompson
Rue Morgue's Online Managing Editor, Rocco is a Rondo-nominated writer, critic, film journalist, and avid devotee of all things weird and outrageous. He penned the cover story for Rue Morgue's landmark July/Aug 2019 "Queer Fear" Special Issue, and is a regular contributor to Screen Rant, Slant Magazine, and other cinema-centric publications.