For as much as I've enjoyed Troma movies over the year being especially fond of the Nuke 'Em High series, I have never seen Troma's War. Sure, I read Lloyd Kaufman's book Make Your Own Damn Movie, and it had me curious about a picture that didn't seem to exactly capture the imagination of the fans quite as much as Troma would have liked, but it comes from an era in Troma filmmaking where the splat was on the table, they were rolling in strange ideas that produced well executed, watchable pictures that were... wait for it... ENTERTAINING. So a war movie... with Troma gore... with Troma girls... this must be something I'd enjoy. Troma's War is now on Blu-ray, and it is pure adrenaline soaked, gut and slut. It's perfect, mindless entertainment.
Now without a previous viewing experience I can't tell you if this picture looks great compared to previous releases. I know its vintage, and I think it looked fine and clearly the best it has ever looked. Not to throw Troma under the bus, but some of their recent Blu-rays were not greeted with fanfare and one had to be re-released due to a mistake in production. Look, Troma is an independent production company and while they may make a few mistakes here and there it's important to remember that they do not always make mistakes and that this is a very nice edition of a cult classic... cult even for the company itself even when it has the name "Troma" in the title.
Troma's War is not an intricate plot driven movie with twists and turns that will surprise you. This is not a movie featuring deep performances. It is a Troma movie. It is a boobie movie. It is a bloody movie. Set your expectations low and enjoy the filth. If you do not enjoy Troma's style of storytelling or gore or the type of women in their movies, you can feel free to skip this one as this is categorically Troma though I will say that the war parody feels almost normal compared to some of their other hijinks.
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Synopsis from Troma:
TROMA’S WAR is Troma’s masterpiece. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, TROMA’S WAR is packed with gargantuan battle scenes, heart stopping stunts, and never-before-seen special effects. TROMA’S WAR is the action film that all good citizens of the world can be proud of and enjoy! TROMA’S WAR is Troma’s answer to PLATOON and APOCALYPSE NOW. It is the first war picture that combines satire, sex, special effects make-up, stunts, gore and a beautiful love story. A small group of typical Tromaville citizens find themselves in the path of a terrorist army controlled by the power elite. The freedom of Tromaville and the world is at stake! TROMA’S WAR creates new kinds of heroes. A used car salesman, a handsome environmentalist, an obese junk-food gourmand, a seventy-year-old housewife, some sensational young women, a year old jingoistic baby and more sensational women all become deadly soldiers in the most unusual and explosive, action-packed combat film ever produced by the Troma Team.