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Savage Beach (1989)

Big Guns.  Even bigger boobs. 

Loaded with scenes so hysterically full of sexual innuendo that go on for far longer than they ought to, director Andy Sidaris returns to the scene of his B-movie crimes and goes guns blazing on Savage Beach, now available on blu-ray courtesy of Mill Creek’s ongoing series. 

"Convoluted and sometimes confusing, Savage Beach is entertaining as hell"


In the recorded introduction, Sidaris suggests that Savage Beach was a bit different from his other films.  Maybe because he amped up the blood or maybe it is due to the search for treasure.  I don’t know.  But, other than marking the breakup of the team of Donna (Dona Speir) and Taryn (Hope Marie Carlton), there isn’t much difference in what typically goes on in one of his B-grade action flicks.  Sure, this is adventure themed, considering there is an unexpected search for some lost loot, but the girls – in their booty shorts and cowboy boots – still hunt down some pretty heinous villains. 

The film – as always – is written, directed, and produced by Sidaris and is the fourth installment in his Triple B (Bullets, Bombs, and Babes) series of schlock-rocking flicks.  Sidaris delivers once again.  From butt cheeks to topless bimbos with really big weapons, this karate-chopped tale of treasure and titties is aimed for the Midnight Matinee muchachos out there.  It is both awful and damned hilarious in a way that only Sidaris could master.

Featuring performances from John Aprea, James Lew, Al Leong, and Bruce Penhall, Savage Beach is what happens when our two undercover (or is it under the covers?) DEA agents make an emergency landing on a secluded island, after delivering medicine to Shane Abilene (Michael J. Shane), and discover that they are suddenly involved in a pretty deadly hunt for some lost Japanese treasure. 

Convoluted and sometimes confusing, Savage Beach is entertaining as hell.  We get nonsense Kung Fu in cheap motel rooms, really bad aging make-up, and lots of topless chicks showcasing their natural talents in this flick.  You know, pretty much staples for a Sidaris flick.  The difference here are all the Asian influences which, when it really comes down to entertainment in the late 1980’s, is also pretty damn standard.  But, when the acting is this bad, you can easily just laugh all the stereotypes away and keep munching on your popcorn.Savage Beach (1989)

Saucy saxophone-led sex scenes lead us to nude ocean dips and so on when your ass gets stranded on Savage Beach.  But, hey, when you are surrounded by so many babes, would you really want to be rescued?  I think not.  And right there is where Sidaris nails this flick’s easygoing vibe. 

Skinny dipping with lethal ladies.  You just can't beat that on a hot July day.

3/5 beers

Savage Beach (1989)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Mill Creek Entertainment
Available on Blu-ray
- July 9, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD MA 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc; digital copy
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Presented in a crisp 1080p transfer, the new 4k scan of the original negative is a thing of pristine beauty.  The film is dominated with reds and greens that absolutely burst with color.  It’s a cheap film, for sure, but the simple backgrounds burst with new details and a nice level of clarity.  Black levels are solid and skin tones are natural.  Shadows are defined and the film has a new depth previously unseen.  Audio wise, the DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono soundtrack is clear and the dialogue is never lost or hard to hear.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • Director Andy Sidaris gives fans the commentary they deserve.  Hilarious and over the top, this one is definitely for fans of the movie!

Special Features:

Mill Creek and Andy Sidaris give fans a treat with this release.  Fans get old-school trailers, a vintage making-of featurette, a commentary track, and a digital copy code.

  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Trailers

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4/5 stars

Savage Beach (1989)

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
92 mins
Director
: Andy Sidaris
Writer:
Andy Sidaris
Cast:
Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, John Aprea
Genre
: Action | Adventure
Tagline:
If You Think They Look Easy To Kill, Think Again.
Memorable Movie Quote: "My ideology means far more to me than fame and adulation."
Theatrical Distributor:

Official Site:
Release Date:
October, 1989
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
July 9, 2019
Synopsis: Two female government agents transporting a vaccine are forced to land their plane on a remote island that houses more than palm trees and sandy beaches. A sunken WWII Japanese ship containing a fortune in gold is located nearby and the island is now the base for a nefarious group searching for it.

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