Chad Gould | St. Petersburg, FL United States | 12/31/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This blaxtoiplation film is par for the course; very comical these days, and great for the "so bad its good" crowd. Although a film like this is good for the Dolemite crowd, the DVD's poor authoring make this a problem. For starters, the DVD has a very diffuse, poorly recorded soundtrack. Instead of keeping the film in mono and the center channel, it sounds like the authors thought it would be clever to spread the sound over all five speakers. The net result is an odd diffuse sound that is only corrected when you turn Dolby encoding off. The video quality is watchable - but scratched and with muted colors. Lesser titles have gotten much better treatment then this.I don't mind the minimal extras, and a title like this doesn't deserve restoration and all that jazz. But the transfer of the film is so below par, I'd say skip the film unless you really need to spend $... that bad."
Watchable Mess from the 70s
Robert Huggins | Suburban Philadelphia, PA United States | 07/18/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Roger Corman's New World Pictures combines blaxploitation with chop-sockey in this 1975 exploitation film that was directed by Cirio Santiago, a Filipino director who did a number of films for Corman. The plot is simple; Diana "TNT" Jackson avenges her brother's murder and becomes involved with drug dealers, including Stan Shaw, who sports a huge Afro and wears a 70s era pimp wardrobe throughout the film. Jeanne Bell portrays TNT Jackson . . . she can't act and her kung-fu moves are laughable as she chops and kicks various Filipino and Chinese extras. In fact, almost all of the kung-fu scenes are among the worst choreographed fight scenes ever filmed. Viewed today, this film is unitentionally funny and might make a good party DVD, though there is some nudity and coarse language, reflecting the film's exploitation roots.The running time listed on this Brentwood Communications release says 90 minutes, but the film runs just over 70 minutes. Unfortunately, the print used by Brentwood is not good . . . numerous scratches and artifacts are found throughout the film and the soundtrack is poorly recorded; you'll have to crank your volume up to hear the dialog. Brentwood also includes a few extras on their budget DVDs, including a "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" cartoon, an interactive movie trivia game, a dictionary of DVD terms, 6 chapter stops for the film, and a special internet connection for those viewers having a DVD-ROM equipped on their computer. Not a bad deal for five bucks."
Ring My Bell!...
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 05/16/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Jeannie Bell is TNT Jackson! She's on the trail of the scum-suckin' pigs who killed her brother! Watch out! TNT's not just beautiful, she's a martial arts master (mistress?) w/ vengeance on her mind! Yes, this movie does contain our heroine's topless kung-fu battle! Ms. Bell is semi-convincing in her role, talking tough while allowing her stunt-double to jump and fly through the air. Still, there is a nice butterfly-knife sequence and enough nudity and charm to make things bearable. Not bad..."
Excellent Party DVD with limitations
Ho Chi Minh | Texas | 12/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I won't say much here, Many Others have basically described this DVD properly, the Film Transfer is Poor, but watchable, the Acting and Plot is CAMP at its finest! The Best Scene involves a Karate attack Main Character Jeanne Bell imparts on 2 Fillipinos, after telling One "I've never Made It with a Chink before"....During the Struggle, Jeanne Bell appears in White and then Black Panties, an amusing Error in the editing process; at this Price, TNT Jackson is a MUST for Your Library...."
Where Do I Start?
Ho Chi Minh | 11/15/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I knew what I was getting into when I purchased this DVD, but I collect blaxplotation movies and wanted to add TNT Jackson to my collection. This movie could be viewed as an insult to your intelligence, however, it is, what it is...a B movie. The fight scenes are comical at best. I'm not a karate expert, but I know what I saw in this movie is not karate. I don't know what the hell it was, other than extremely funny. You can be completely sober and laugh at the fight scenes. Especially the hand gestures and finger movements of the karate stances. Absolutely unbelieveably funny and over-exaggerated! Even the scenes where characters are shot....there is no blood and one guy even howls as he grimaces his body in agony, knowing that he is about to breathe his last breath! What a joke....but anyway, it's an inexpensive dvd, has a predictable plot, pathetic fight scenes that are actually funny and would make for good viewing purely for the purpose of dissecting the movie and scrutinizing everything that's wrong with it. But don't get me wrong.....it's definitely worth every penny of the (money) that it costs!!!"