Blu-ray Review: STREETS OF VENGEANCE

STREETS OF VENGEANCE was written and directed by Paul Ragsdale and stars Delawna McKinney and Anthony To’omata. Rounding out the cast is a bevy of adult film actresses including Ginger Lynn Allen, Joanna Angel, Sophie Dee and Alexis Amore. Also featured are Daniel James Moody and Bryan Hurd. Streets of Vengeance was produced  and co-written by Angelica De Alba, photographed by Dan Zampa and scored by Vestron Vulture.

A throwback to the gritty action-thrillers of the 80s (Angel, Vice Squad, Ms. 45), Streets of Vengeance stars Delawna McKinney (Cinco De Mayo) as Mila, an ex-porn star whose decision to leave the industry is interrupted when she’s kidnapped by a militant misogynist sect known as The Sword, intent on ridding the world of women who they believe are using their sexual powers to destroy men. The Sword’s plans are thwarted when Mila kills her captor, and with the help of Brian (Anthony To’omata, Cinco De Mayo), a local journalist, escapes. Emboldened, Mila recruits her friends from the adult film community who form a ragtag militia and set out to destroy the cult of The Sword.

Streets of Vengeance follows Mila who teams up with Brian and some of her female friends to get some sweet ass revenge on the sinister cult-like group that has been going around hurting women and has even left a few dead bodies in their path. What happens is, Mila ends up on the receiving end of things and is beaten up by this sleazy gang but Brian is there to save the young woman and ends up helping Mila recover from her wounds and this is when they come up with a gameplan to get even. They recruit the assistance of Mila’s girlfriends and together they take the battle straight to the goon squad and deliver an extreme dose of violent justice to this group of cold-hearted bastards and ultimately get revenge for what all has happened to them and their murdered friends.

The front of the packaging features the retro cool artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Streets of Vengeance is a low budget, no budget indie movie that some viewers will enjoy and some will probably hate for various reasons but I think it’s an ambitious step in the right direction for the filmmaking team and a big improvement over Cinco De Mayo that I reviewed back in 2015. The biggest flaw is that the movie features an unoriginal story and feels like a retread because it borrows a lot from other popular female-driven revenge thrillers. Also, some of the acting is amatuerish – but besides that I enjoyed it. I liked all of the characters and thought Delawna McKinney and Anthony To’omata did a great job as the leads.  I can’t leave out the adult actresses who showed up for some fun, and yes, there’s lots of nudity thanks to them. There’s also some crazy cool violent scenes full of blood and gore courtesy of some impressive looking practical effects. The movie even features a few fake trailers in it as well as a hostess that’s as cute as they come. Any fan of USA’s “Up All Night” will appreciate this! All in all, I like what Paul Ragsdale delivered here as he pays homage to some of the fun exploitation midnight movies from the 80’s. This is a fun throwback plus it features some awesome retro music to go along with it. Streets of Vengeance is now available on Blu-ray and is priced to own.

Distributor: Olive Films and Slasher // Video

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include some audio commentary, behind-the-scenes and making of featurettes, interviews, outtakes, bloopers, photo galleries, a music video and trailers.

  • Audio commentary with writer/director Paul Ragsdale, producer Angelica De Alba and cinematographer Dan Zampa
  • Making of “Streets of Vengeance” Featurette (1:17:35)
  • Cast & Crew Interviews (18:51)
  • Onset Footage and Outtakes (14:56)
  • Bloopers (06:36)
  • Camera Work with Cinematographer Dan Zampa (02:44)
  • Jesus Vs. Vestron Vulture II (22:28)
  • BTS Photo Gallery (22:31)
  • Production Stills and Promo Art (15:55)
  • Salacious Wizard Cult Music Video (02:23)
  • Streets of Vengeance Soundtrack Promo (01:51)
  • Streets of Vengeance Critics Trailer (01:07)
  • Streets of Vengeance Film Trailer (01:55)
  • “Slashlorette Party” Trailer (02:44)
  • “Tough Guys” Trailer (01:44)

 

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