Wednesday, August 31

Red Sun (1971) - 1986 Hollywood Video Gems Big Box VHS

Red Sun is one of those films with such progressive casting that the prospects of its featured actors together on one screen is enough to still reel viewers in out of sheer curiosity. In other words, if this western didn't exist, movie geeks would squeal at the possibilities of a Bronson/Mifune pairing, let alone throwing in Alain Delon and Ursula Andress. The actuality is an entertaining brew that firmly stays cemented in popcorn territory; so its best not to expect any echos of Harmonica, Kikuchiyo, and Jef Costello clashing in Leone's West.

I unexpectedly found this Video Gems big box this past Saturday at a barren haunt just before Irene began spitting. This is the best looking domestic tape of the film with the best artwork. After this VHS (also released in a slipbox), the cheap-ass UAV Entertainment released a poor EP-speed tape, which was ported to DVD, and then Fox Lorber released another disc (both are out-of-print). Of course, Red Sun seems to have been released on DVD in every other country and is readily available to those with region free capability.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Saw this at a theater in Coral Gables Florida during the summer of 1971 when I was 12. Paid 75 cents for a first showing matinee at 10:00 in the morning, ended up not leaving the theater until I saw it three times. I remember my aunt who I was staying with was not happy I was gone for six hours and she didn't know where I was. Anyway, the local PBS channel had been showing Kurosawa samurai movies for the previous five weeks so I was enthalled by the mix of the western/samurai theme. Thoroughly enjoyed this film and it took about 18 years before I found it on video to to see it again. I think this movie would benefit from a good Blu-ray release. you dare tread upon the staircase?

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