DVD Review: THE DEBT COLLECTOR

THE DEBT COLLECTOR was directed by Jesse V. Johnson from a screenplay he co-wrote with Stu Small and stars Scott Adkins, Louis Mandylor, Michael Paré, Tony Todd and Vladimir Kulich.

Scott Adkins (Accident Man, Doctor Strange, The Expendables 2), teams up with Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 & 2, In the Eyes of a Killer) for this darkly hilarious and action-packed tale of a classically-trained martial artist (Adkins) who goes to work as a debt collector for the mob — a job that seems easy enough until one “client” pulls him into a situation more dangerous and deadly than he ever expected.

The Debt Collector follows French (Scott Adkins), a classically-trained martial artist and dojo owner who is having some financial problems so he asks his close friend Mad Alex (Michael Paré) for some help. Mad Alex isn’t willing to loan him the money so he points him in the direction of Tony (Vladimir Kulich), a small town mobster who hires him and pairs him up with Sue (Louis Mandylor), his loyal right hand man who goes around roughing people up and collecting the debts they owe the mobster.

When French and Sue first meet they don’t really hit it off in the beginning but with each stop and fight that breaks out they really start to enjoy themselves. French also learns more about his street wise partner’s personal life that has landed him in this tough line of work. What happens is, their last stop puts them in an awkward situation that ends up being a set up and it becomes a shoot out between the two debt collectors and some rival “surprise” mobsters and in the end this ambush turns into a deadly blood bath for everyone involved.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc is chrome and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Debt Collector ended up being a fun action-comedy that reminded me of those old school buddy flicks from the 80’s like Lethal Weapon. The pairing between Scott Adkins and Louis Mandylor was just right and these two were a lot of fun to watch as their characters took to the streets to collect these debts where each stop turned into a violent knock-down drag-out. Needless to say, there were some extremely cool fight scenes in the movie that were all well choreographed. Michael Paré and Tony Todd both have cameos in the movie and it’s always great to see these two veteran actors show up in something new. This was an entertaining action movie with some dark humor added to the mix but it’s the major turning point in the finale that gives The Debt Collector its heart and soul. The Debt Collector will be available on DVD on June 5th.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The only extras included on the disc are two deleted scenes.

  • Deleted Scenes (01:50)

 

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