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Blu-ray Review: McBain

McBain, the cult action classic from 1991, is making a long-awaited debut on Blu-ray on July 11th. Starring Academy Award winner Christopher Walken and directed by James Glickenhaus, this film is a wornderfully goofy action/thriller that exemplifies the best of '90s exploitation cinema.

The story revolves around Robert McBain (Christopher Walken), a former POW who is freed by a group of Army Rangers led by Santos (Chick Vennera) at the end of the Vietnam War. In a gesture of gratitude, Santos tears a $100 bill in half and gives one part to McBain, promising that if the other half ever finds him, he can repay the debt. Fast forward almost two decades later, Santos is killed in Colombia while fighting against drug lords and corrupt politicians. Santos' sister, Christina (Maria Conchita Alonso), comes to America with the other half of the $100 bill, seeking McBain's help in overthrowing the oppressive Colombian regime.

What follows is an action-packed adventure completely devoid of meta commentary as McBain assembles his former Ranger comrades (Michael Ironside, Steve James, Thomas G. Waites, Jay Patterson) to take on the ruthless (just shy of mustache twirling) dictator and drug lords. Together, they wage a relentless war against drugs, political corruption, and injustice, culminating in an epic battle that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

The Blu-ray release of McBain by Synapse Films comes with a range of special features that enhance the viewing experience. Director James Glickenhaus and film historian Chris Poggiali provide an insightful audio commentary, shedding light on the making of the film and its cultural significance. Additionally, fans will be thrilled to find the original theatrical trailer included, along with an all-new remixed 5.1 surround sound specifically crafted for this release, bringing the explosive action sequences to life. For those who prefer the authentic experience, the original 2.0 theatrical stereo mix is also available.

Christopher Walken delivers a standout performance as the rugged and determined McBain, showcasing his undeniable talent and charisma. The film's ensemble cast, including Maria Conchita Alonso and the supporting Rangers, adds depth to the story and provides memorable moments throughout.

Director James Glickenhaus masterfully crafts the action sequences, blending intense gunfights, thrilling chase scenes, and explosive set pieces, all accompanied by a soundtrack that features some truly bizzare needle drops. McBain serves as a time capsule of '90s action cinema, offering a nostalgic experience for fans of the genre.

Overall, McBain is a must-watch for fans of Christopher Walken, action movies, and '90s cinema. The Blu-ray release offers a chance to revisit this cult classic with enhanced audio and bonus features that make this a must-own release for fans of the genre. Strap in for a wild ride filled with adrenaline, revenge, and justice as McBain takes on the forces of corruption and oppression.

Pre-order your copy from MVD today.

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