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Mr. No Legs (1978)

You haven't seen anything until you witness a double amputee karate kick someone's ass straight into a pool.  In slow motion, nonetheless.  That's the exploitative territory we're headed into in tonight's viewing of Mr. No Legs.  Get the beer ready!

"a total suckfest, which makes it all the more enjoyable if you have a taste for really bad filmmaking"


 

In 1978, underwater stuntman Ricou Browning, best known for playing The Gill Man in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us, directed a little known exploitation B-movie called Mr. No Legs.  And, yes, it IS about a man with no legs, but this wheelchair-bound criminal has plenty of ammunition as his chair armrests hide two fully loaded double-barrelled shotguns!

Starring Richard Jaeckel, Ron Slinker, Lloyd Bochner, and Ted Vollrath as Mr. No Legs, Mr. No Legs is exploitation filmmaking at its absolute worst.  Poorly acted with plenty of ineptly handled action scenes, the many, many weaknesses of the movie are all forgotten once Vollrath unleashes his extra special wheelchair accessories and starts blasting away at everything that moves.  He kills cops and robbers as a gang of drug runners use him as their main enforcer. {googleads}

Written by Jack Crowden, who previously worked with Browning on creating Flipper (yes, the television series), it’s hard to tell just what these two were doing messing around with this genre of filmmaking.  You got drugs.  You got criminals.  And you got Cuban cigars loaded with cocaine capsules and when Mr. No Legs gets really pissed, the chinese throwing stars on the hubs of his wheels come out to do major damage.

I mean, no matter how you cut it, Mr. No Legs is a total suckfest, which makes it all the more enjoyable if you have a taste for really bad filmmaking . . . which I do.  While the action scenes move like molasses, the story itself isn’t so bad as a police detective’s sister is killed and her death made to look like an overdose.  Now, the Florida drug squad detectives are beyond pissed and their guns are aimed at everyone in platform shoes and matching earrings.  They got it wrong.  Hilariously so.Mr. No Legs (1978)

Jaeckel has hilarious reactions as Chuck, the lead investigator, and Slinker as the grieving Andy is no better.  But their investigation into the death of Andy’s sister leads them to all sorts of weird places in Florida.  From shady bars where transvestites and midgets end up in fights as two women go at it to the death to an “explosive” finale in which a car chase takes far too long to end in a fiery wreck.

Double amputee martial arts?  Yes, please!  Mr. No Legs, limited to 500 units, arrives on blu-ray courtesy of Massacre Video’s new 2K transfer from the best available sources: the only surviving 35mm print of the original movie.

3/5 stars

Mr. No Legs (1978)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Mr. No Legs (Killers Die Hard) - Limited to 500 Units

Home Video Distributor: Massacre Video
Available on Blu-ray
- July 14, 2020
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
Subtitles
: English Captions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Audio:
PCM Mono track; English, French, and German Audio Options
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set; DVD copy
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Double amputee, Mr. No Legs, may not seem much of a threat at first, but cross him and you’ll see why he’s Florida’s ruthless drug kingpin D’Angelo’s deadliest enforcer. With his unique martial arts mastery and shotgun-wielding wheelchair, Mr. No Legs is virtually unstoppable. But when a henchman kills the sister of a straight-shooting cop, D’Angelo’s whole enterprise may come undone and threaten to bring No Legs down with it. Massacre Video proudly presents this wild, wheeled 70s crime story for the first time in HD, with a brand new 2K restoration from the only known 35mm film elements in existence!  

Video:

Mr. No Legs, limited to 500 units, arrives on blu-ray courtesy of Massacre Video’s new 2K transfer from the best available sources: the only surviving 35mm print of the original movie. Framed in a 1.88:1 aspect ratio, the film looks rough and for good reason: it was cheaply made and the 16mm prints were not well taken care of.  What you get is an uncut composite from 35mm Print and Video Masters in varying degrees of shapes.  Colors aren’t the greatest.  Black levels bleed.  Scratches are there, too, but none of that really detracts from the sheer entertainment value of seeing a wheelchair blow shit up.

Audio:

A PCM Mono track is all you get on this exploitation gem.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

With a tease of other hidden surprises, the special features include the following: 

  • Brand New 2K Restoration from EXTREMELY RARE French 35mm Print
  • English, French, and German Audio Options
  • Uncut Composite from 35mm Print and Video Masters
  • English Captions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Extensive Stills Gallery
  • Trailers for other Massacre Video Releases

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 3/5 stars
  Video  3/5 stars
  Audio 2/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

2.5/5 stars

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Mr. No Legs (1978)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
Runtime:
90 mins
Director
: Ricou Browning
Writer:
Jack Cowden
Cast:
Richard Jaeckel, Ron Slinker, Lloyd Bochner
Genre
: Action
Tagline:
The Cops want to get him. The Mob wants to hit him. But no one wants to meet him face to face.
Memorable Movie Quote:
Theatrical Distributor:
Cinema Artists Productions
Official Site: http://massacrevideo.com/site/?product=pre-order-mr-no-legs-aka-killers-die-hard-limited-edition-blu-ray
Release Date:
May, 1978
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
July 14, 2020.
Synopsis: Heads roll as two cops, Chuck and Andy, go against Mr. D'Angelo, the biggest drug dealer in Florida, and his ruthless enforcer Fred, who has no legs but does have two mean double barrel shotguns built into his wheelchair.

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Mr. No Legs (1978)

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