Tough to Kill (1979)
Jolar70 | Queens, NY | 06/29/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"OK, this is a true case of getting what you paid for. It's a cheap release (which is good because I'm not sure the movie is worth more than ten bucks) but, be warned: NO extras and this is OBVIOUSLY a transfer from a VHS copy. The image is soft and the colors are either washed out or muddy. Nothing worse than an old VHS tape though. It's also "letterboxed" but I'm not sure I believe it, it looks more like a matte put on after it was transfered to DVD.
The movie itself is just OK, it has a few strong moments, but this sort of thing has been done better (the excellent "Tarzan the Magnificent" from 1960 comes to mind or, strangely, Ridley Scott's "Alien" has a similar character dynamic). To it's credit, though, "Tough to Kill" is kind of early in the mercenary/war cycle that really hit its stride by the mid 80's when Golan Globus' Cannon films was churning out hundreds of Rambo knock-offs!
The plot is pretty standard but the characters are nastier (imagine if every character was Tom Berenger in "Platoon"!). The locations are under-used and the cinematography is just God-awful! Also, even though it's a classic 42nd street device, the use of racism in this film can be hard to take at times.
Still, despite everything I just wrote, I'm glad that these obscure, little Z-grade films get DVD releases. I'm a big fan of the film's lead, Luc Merenda, so I was happy to get this. If you like 70's Italian jungle films with miserable characters inflicting pain on everyone around them than this is for you!"
Marty Michaels | New York. | 07/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tough to Kill is an entertaining movie with a good story. The Ventura Version above is out of print but you can get a better version of it on MAXIMUM ACTION an 8 movie collection from BCI."
Joe D'Amato Classic
Elliott S. Monroe | 11/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is truly a Joe D'Amato classic! Released in 1979, Tough to Kill delivers action, adventure and a ending you would never see coming! For the low price you pay, it is a great deal. Highly recommended to all Joe D'Amato fans.
Movies comes in deluxe widescreen and is dubbed in Eng. Includes no special features, just a menu with a chapter select. Movie includes Donald O'Brien (Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals) and the women who did the infamous wine bottle scene in D'Amato's Erotic Nights of the Living Dead."