Thursday, September 17, 2015

Toxic Avenger 2 (Troma Blu-ray)

There are four Toxic Avenger movies and this is one of them. While I hadn't seen Toxic Avenger 2 in years I can safely say that it is my least favorite in the franchise. Aside from a very strong opening that has quite a bit of fun recounting the origin story of Toxie and setting up a trip across the Pacific, I lose interest once our hero goes in search of dear old dad. It wasn't always this way. When I was a kid I used to love the second Toxic Avenger an all things Toxie. I still do... except for the second movie apparently which is out now on Blu-ray.

Love it or hate it, the big thing you've probably heard about this release was that initially it was put out with a lo-fi transfer on the Blu-ray disc. It happens. Blu-rays have error and the reviewers find them and then then everyone fixes them (if you're lucky). I did receive one of the initial lo-fi copies of Toxie 2, and I've also had the chance to enjoy the second-coming, corrected and looking just great especially for a Troma movie.  There's nothing to fear. You can order Toxic Avenger 2 now on Blu-ray and fear nothing. Perhaps watch the resale market just in case somebody didn't get the memo. That should address the elephant in the room. The disc is loaded with fun, Troma extras which are perfectly irreverent and almost make fun of the concept of extras. It's what these guys do well. The case is bright green and the artwork is traditional. It's exactly what you'd want to see in HD release of the sequel to Troma's flagship.

Obviously from a content perspective I dislike a good amount of the movie, but it still contains the fights you want to see and the outrageous action sequences complete with low budget effects that really pop. That's why you watch Troma. Hell, I'll admit that I can watch the good bits from Toxie 2, but it's the connective story line that drags for me. Getting to Tokyo and the search. Is it possible that my attention span has sunk so low as to have trouble watching even a classic piece of Troma history? Perhaps the reality TV boom has shrunk my neurons like a pair of testicles doing the ice bucket challenge.

Most of you can ignore that last paragraph because you already know that you want to watch this movie again with a solid transfer, you just wanted to make sure the bugs were worked out. The bugs are worked out. The Blu-ray is now ready for your "discerning eyes".

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You can order Toxic Avenger 2 now from Troma. The story continues...

From Troma:

Toxie's mean, green, and back on the screen- in HD! Melvin Junko was a nerdy 98lb weakling... until he fell into a vat of toxic waste, turning him into the first ever superhuman superhero from New Jersey. Join this hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength as he travels to Tokyo in search for his long lost father! THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II features more bizarre action, more back-breaking fight scenes, and more ingenious special effects than ever before! He's come a long way from Tromaville, baby!

Features include:
  1. Lovingly remastered HD presentation
  2. New intro by Lloyd Kaufman
  3. Director's commentary
  4. Up close and personal with Toxie
  5. A word from Troma's villainess Lisa Gaye
  6. The Toxic Avenger on Japanese TV
  7. The Toxic Avenger Saga trailers
  8. The American Cinematheque honors 40 Years of Troma

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