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Picasso Trigger 1988

Black Belts in shotgun?   Bombs on boomerangs?  Hell, yes.  So what if the lead character can’t shoot straight?!  When you are having this much fun, who really cares?

Picasso Trigger, being one of writer/director/producer Andy Sidaris’ dopier flicks in his EXPLOSIVE  Triple B series, has its moments.  Namely when it comes to ogling the beyond gorgeous Roberta Vasquez, who plays Pantera, and, rather surprisingly, in the dialogue which is sometimes pretty damn witty.  Unfortunately, the movie is just too damn boring for its own good even though we trip-hop through a lot of international locations.  From Paris to Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Texas, there’s a lot of bustle to the movie that largely goes nowhere.

While the film starts in Paris with a murder when Miguel Ortiz (Rodrigo Obregon) has his posse take down a secret agent who goes by the name of Picasso Trigger (John Aprea), we quickly descend into roadhouses with horrible line dancing and cheesy music thanks to a jaunt in Texas involving a government operative, Travis Abilene (Steve Bond) and the aforementioned Pantera, who should not be trusted.  Too bad for Abilene. {googleads)

We also have Donna (Dona Speir) and Taryn (Hope Marie Carlton), playing government agents, who find themselves targets for Ortiz’s goons.  While the main baddie stays hidden for most of the movie and the hand-to-hand fistfights are laughable, Picasso Trigger pulls out some fantastic zingers thanks to the sexual innuendo that Sidaris can’t help himself from carrying on through ALL his flicks.  If that’s not enough to tickle the old funny bone, then the goofy Bond-like inventive gadgets that Sidaris loads this movie with, thanks to the inclusion of a character called The Professor (Richard LePore), should definitely do the trick.  I mean, a rocket launching crutch?  Hilarious.Picasso Trigger 1988

Unfortunately, Sidaris’ direction is beyond lacking here. This might be the third in his series of Boobs and Bombs flicks, but there’s no reason for the film to shoot off in every which direction but the one it needs to go in.  We have the main plot and we have a HUGE double-cross, but we also have a bunch of subplots that shoot holes right into the flow and pacing of the flick.  Snuff films?  Huh?  It’s unnecessary and Sidaris, the king of boob-filled B-grade actioners starring Playmates and Penthouse Dolls, knows better.  Stick to the path, man!

Give 'em a lei, blow 'em away!  Picasso Trigger is now on blu-ray thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment, who continues to issue his films – about two a month – throughout this year.

2/5 beers

Picasso Trigger 1988


Blu-ray Details:

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

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.



  • As usual, Sidaris provides a cool commentary.  

Special Features:

Loaded with a fun behind the scenes featurette, an audio commentary, and trailers, Picasso Trigger is a good offering. A digital download is also included.

  • Introduction by Andy Sidaris
  • Audio Commentary by Andy Sidaris
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Trailers

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 2/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4/5 stars


Picasso Trigger 1988

MPAA Rating: R.
99 mins
: Andy Sidaris
Andy Sidaris
Steve Bond, Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton
: Action
Killing is an Art Form.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Give 'em a lei, blow 'em away."
Theatrical Distributor:
Malibu Bay Films
Official Site:
Release Date:
February 1988
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
July 9, 2019
Synopsis: When agent Picasso Trigger is killed by arch-criminal Miguel Ortiz, the Agency decides to send a trio of female agents out with the task of bringing Ortiz down. Our agents must use all of their skills, specialized weaponry and their physical attributes in order to track down Trigger’s killer.


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