Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Angel Collection |
Angel / Avenging Angel / Angel III
Actors: Mitzi Kapture, Mark Blankfield, Emile Beaucard, Maud Adams, Kin Shriner
Directors: Robert Vincent O'Neill, Tom DeSimone
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
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Fighting crime...and turning tricks
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 05/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The original ANGEL, released in 1984, was a surprise sleeper hit all over the world; garnering a cult following during it's runs on late-night cable. Donna Wilkes plays Molly Stewart, a 15-year-old schoolgirl who moonlights as a hooker (called Angel) on Hollywood Boulevard. Abandoned by her mother, Molly is taken care of by eccentric landlady Solly (Susan Tyrrell), transvestite Mae (Dick Shawn), and former cowboy Kit (Rory Calhoun). Molly's world is shattered when a serial killer starts offing her fellow toms, and becomes the next target when she points him out of a police lineup. ANGEL is filled with thrills, spills, campy one-liners and some equally over-the-top performances.
This box set also includes the two sequels, AVENGING ANGEL (released in 1985), and ANGEL III: THE FINAL CHAPTER (released in 1988). AVENGING ANGEL is the better film, because we get to see more of Susan Tyrrell and Rory Calhoun reprising their roles of Solly and Kit. Law student Molly (Betsy Russell) returns to the streets in order to track down the gangland killers who mowed down her guardian, Lt. Andrews (Robert Lyons). Betsy Russell, one of the main pin-up beauties of the 80s, delivers a good performance as Molly/Angel.
ANGEL III: THE FINAL CHAPTER follows Molly (now played by Mitzi Kapture) as she tries to track down her mother and long-lost sister, bringing down a white-slave trade ring in the process (run by former Bond girl Maud Adams). The third movie doesn't really work because the story and characters surrounding Angel are so dark and serious. The earlier ANGEL films were the perfect mix of comedy and action with endearing characters; you won't find that winning combination in the third movie. However, Mitzi Kapture does come closest to the spirit of Donna Wilkes in her performance as Molly/Angel.
The ANGEL trilogy is a perfect addition to your DVD collection, especially if you love 80's kitsch."
Great DVD Set! A Must-Have for Angel Fans!
Byron Kolln | 10/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You know you're living in America when you can get the Angel Trilogy on DVD with extras delivered to your home straight from Amazon! This set is amazing, a real treat for Angel fans. I have my VHS versions of Angel and Avenging Angel, along with sealed back-ups in a safety deposit box in case one of them broke and they were no longer available on the market to replace. But now with the DVD set, all is secure!I have posted extensive reviews of these three movies under the VHS version here on Amazon, so I won't repeat them. The sound and visual quality here are excellent, as good as old low-budget movies will look. The theatrical trailors on each (2 on Angel) are amazing. Angel has three deleted scenes with no sound, but with subtitles. For Angel fans, a true treat, but as extras go otherwise, they're not much. One is an existing scene in the movie with slightly different dialog that features some smoking. I guess they didn't want to glorify smoking in the final version, who knows. The chapter selections are superb, and, catch this, "Something Sweet" plays when you're at the menu, with Angel/Molly leaning into a car. Wow, it doesn't get any better than that. Anchor Bay did a great job.Certainly, Angel 3: The Final Chapter is the dud of the series. It stands fine on its own, but not next to Angel and Avenging Angel. But no real Angel series is complete without it. Angel 4, that other reviewer was right, it doesn't really belong here anymore than Halloween 3 belongs in any Halloween set.It's a minor miracle that we have this set on DVD with a few extras. I would have liked to have seen a where-are-they-now retrospective featuring the lovely Donna Wilkes, Betsy Russell, and Mitzi Kapture. They could talk about their experiences playing Angel, how they fit into the series, sort of like what the Bond Girls recently did for a special. Susan Tyrell or Cliff Gorman interviews would have been nice also, or even the woman who played guidance counselor, Patricia Allen, in Angel. But, let's not ask for the moon, we have the stars.Angel fans, ENJOY! You're in for a great treat."
Another nice DVD set from Anchor Bay
K. Cannon | USA | 06/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're on this page then you probably already know the basics about the Angel films. I beg to differ with the previous reviewer about Angel III, i found it quite entertaining. It's not perfect I will admit...but not all that bad.
Anchor Bay has released yet another quality DVD set with "The Angel Collection" containing 3 DVD's for parts 1 through 3 of the series. All three are presented in 1.85:1 Widescreen (16x9 Animorphic). As far as the picture quality is concerned, these movies look just about as good as they possibly could on the DVD format. I never noticed any dust artifacts or other imperfections in the film prints used for the transfers. The sound is presented in Dolby 2.0 Mono, since they were all originally released with Mono soundtracks I suppose. It is crisp and clean, also about as good a sound as an old Mono track can provide.The Special Features of "ANGEL" (Disc 1) are two Theatrical Trailers, and several Deleted Scenes with no sound (sound was lost) but with English subtitles so we know what the original dialogue was.The Special Features of "AVENGING ANGEL" (Disc 2) are two Theatrical Trailers, and a nice still & poster gallery.The Special Features of "ANGEL III: THE FINAL CHAPTER" (Disc 3) are one Theatrical Trailer.All in all, a nice trilogy set of this cheesy 80's series of movies. Obviously these movies aren't for everyone, but if you're a fan you really can't go wrong."