Death Wish 2 (1981) Direction: Michael
Free to go after his Vigilante killings in NY, as the
police bosses and politicians liked the way the crime rate went down
Paul Kersey night excursions, he has moved to Los Angeles and taken
his traumatized daughter Carol with him. He has a girlfriend
in reporter Geri Nichols (Jill Ireland, Bronson's wife in real life)
he's still an architect and everything looks fine.
Until a gang of street thugs B&E's into his house and, in a nasty
scene, rapes his housemaid and his daughter, and Carol dies.
In the first film Jeff Goldblum debuted as a rapist and in thid film
Lawrence Fishburne, jr. does the same as one of the thugs.
Paul goes underground in the bad parts of LA and starts
hunting the perps. The LAPD asks NYPD for advice and NY police insp.
Ocho (Vincent Gardenia from the first film) sees the work of Paul Kersey
and he's sent to LA to stop him. Anthony Franciosa, better
known as writer and psycho killer Peter Neal in Dario Argento's "Tenebre"
plays the LA police chief.
If DW 1 was slightly serious and a crime-drama DW 2
abandons any such ambition and goes for more action. Yes, DW 2 is trashier
but still a very entertaining and snappy crime action.
The film is presented in widescreen 1.85:1 with english audio DTS-HD
MA mono with english subtitles, only a trailer extra. Region A
Death Wish 3 (1985) Direction: Michael
Ha, ha, ha, total mayhem in a Trash Action and maybe
comedy that almost resembles a Troma picture, when Paul Kersey (Bronson)
is back in the worst parts of New York, the Belmont area plagued by
a street gang induced crime spree.
Kersey is in NY to visit an old Korea war friend, Charley, and he finds
him dead, killed by gang members. Will Paul cry and return to
LA or will he arm himself with a Wildey Magnum gun and a grenade launcher
and try to take out hordes of gang criminals ?
Mayhem awaits the disbelieving viewer and police inspector Shriker (a
great Ed Lauter) joins Paul into the war.
Total B movie trash but i loved it, Great Fun! Winner didn't want to
repeat himself and strived for a new approach to the Vigilante saga.
Hey wait! Didn't Paul have a girlfriend this time? Yes, he had, public
defender Ms. Davis played abominably bad by Deborah Raffin.
The Blu-ray presents the film in 1.85:1 widescreen, english audio DTS-HD
MA 5.1 with english subtitles, trailer extra. Region A
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)
Direction: J. Lee Thompson
Again, a trashy but very entertaining crime-action when
Vigilante Paul Kersey (Bronson) is back in LA and working as the architect
he is, between killing criminals. He lives with his new girlfriend (Jill
Ireland dumped him at the end of DW2) Karen Sheldon (Kay
Lenz) also a journalist and her teenage daughter Erica. The girl snorts
some drug shit and dies and Paul kills the Pusher.
Then he's contacted by a mysterious millionaire tycoon Nathan White
(the great John P. Ryan) who will give Paul all support he
needs to wipe out the drug organisation in Los Angeles. Architect vs.
Drug Mafia can only end in a bloodbath. Great fun trash.
But, the question any male, who has seen Kay Lenz 1980's
movies, asks is .... does she show off her glorious ..... No, she does
Film presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, english DTS-HD MA 1.0 audio with
english subtitles, theatrical trailer extra. Region A