Action speaks louder than dialogue
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 10/07/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"PLATINUM DISC's ACTION CLASSICS VOL 1 is a quad-pack bundle of budget price (and quality) DVD 4-fers. The eclectic mix includes a 1930's John Wayne serial, a blaxploitation film, and a 'B' grade sci-fier. This set has no extras.
BLOODY BROOD-- Two beatniks peddle dope and get mixed up in violence. Notable for Peter Falk's second screen appearance and first major film role.
CHAIN REACTION-- Earthquake causes a leak at an Australian nuclear waste facility.
DARK MOUNTAIN-- Woman's park ranger ex-boyfriend hides her from a murderous husband and a crime she didn't commit.
EMBASSY-- Solid cast in this spy tale of a Soviet agent who infiltrates the American embassy in Beirut to try and kill a defector.
FAST AND FURIOUS-- Car race story directed and starring John Ireland was scripted by Roger Corman, who also appears as a roadblock State Trooper.
MUTINY IN BIG HOUSE-- A young check forger gets 14 years. His cellmate hopes to use him to aid an escape.
SLIPSTREAM-- So-so British-made sci-fier is notable for its cast of minor players.
TRAIN KILLER-- Hungarian film based on true story of a 1930s terrorist who murdered by derailing trains.
ST. CLAIR's MOB MOVIES contains nine crime dramas featuring Telly Savalas, Lee Van Cleef, Walter Matthau, Jake LaMotta and more!
(Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.)
(4.5) The Bloody Brood (Canada/USA-1959) - Jack Betts/Barbara Lord/Peter Falk/Robert Christie
(5.3) The Fast and the Furious (1955) - John Ireland/Dorothy Malone/Bruce Carlisle/Bruno VeSota/'Snub' Pollard (uncredited: Roger Corman/Jonathan Haze)
(6.0) Mutiny in the Big House (1939) - Charles Bickford/Barton MacLane/Pat Moriarity/Dennis Moore (uncredited: I. Stanford Jolley/Dave O'Brien)
(2.3) Swamp Women (1955) - Marie Windsor/Carole Mathews/Beverly Garland/Mike Connors/Jonathan Haze/Ed Nelson
(3.9) Boys' Reformatory (1939) - Frankie Darro/Grant Withers/Lillian Elliott/Ben Welden/David Durand
(5.7) Dark Mountain (1944) - Robert Lowery/Ellen Drew/Regis Toomey/Eddie Quillan/Elisha Cook Jr.
(5.7) The Hurricane Express (1932) - Tully Marshall/Conway Tearle/John Wayne/Shirley Grey/Glenn Strange (uncredited: Yakima Canutt)
(3.4) Fire Alarm ("Flames") (1932) - Johnny Mack Brown/George Cooper/Noel Francis/Marjorie Beebe
(3.3) The Black Godfather (1974) - Rod Perry/Damu King/Don Chastain/Diane Sommerfield/Jimmy Witherspoon
(3.4) Dirty Games (1989) - Valentina Vargas/Jan Michael Vincent
(4.7) Slipstream (UK-1989) - Bob Peck/Mark Hamill/Bill Paxton/Robbie Coltrane/Ben Kingsley/F. Murray Abraham
(6.2) The Train Killer (Hungary-1983) - Michael Sarrazin
(5.1) The Chain Reaction (Australia-1980) - Steve Bisley/Arna-Maria Winchester
(4.5) The Death Merchants (West Germany/Israel-1973) - Hardy Krüger/Jason Robards
(5.1) Embassy (UK-1972) - Richard Roundtree/Chuck Connors/Ray Milland/Broderick Crawford/Max von Sydow
(4.0) Deadly Impact (Italy-1984) Bo Svenson/Fred Williamson"