Shout! Factory continues mining the MGM library and finds more Cannon Pictures gold with the new Blu-ray release of Invasion U.S.A. starring Chuck Norris.
As a kid of the 80s, I wasn’t old enough to see this in theaters, but the image of Chuck with dual Uzis strapped to his armpits is burned into my mind. Now that I’ve finally viewed the film in glorious Shout! Factory HD, I can easily state that this movie is, in one word, awesome. Okay, two words, TOTALLY AWESOME.
Without giving away the very minimal and easily digestible plot, the story focuses on a Russian plan to invade America with a team of multi-national terrorists. Of course, only one man – and I mean that earnestly when I say “one man” – can stop them : retired Martial Arts Master, Chuck Norris. Oops. I mean Matt Hunter, played by Chuck Norris.
Once Hunter comes out of retirement from some super-secret government agency, the Russian terrorist leader Rostov (Richard Lynch, Bad Dreams) is besieged at every turn when Hunter continually and inexplicably manages to show up before each act of terrorism and stop it with spectacular violence and one-liners worthy of fist pumps. Case in point, when terrorists put a bomb on a moving school bus, Hunter drives next to the bus, pulls the bomb off, then chases after the terrorists. As he pulls alongside them (managing to find the exact car full of terrorists) he looks into their window asking, “You lose this” before tossing the bomb in their laps at the last second.
It’s moments like that which make Invasion U.S.A. the already noted totally awesome. It’s as if the filmmakers decided to make Red Dawn meets Rambo meets Commando meets Miami Vice. And like those mentioned, Invasion U.S.A. delivers the action and excitement. No punches, knives, bullets, butterfly knives or rockets are ever pulled.
I’ve not seen other copies of the film to compare this new Blu-ray, but I can imagine that this has to be the best version of Invasion U.S.A. available. The release has some nice extras, including interviews with special FX make-up gurus Tom Savini, Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero along with insightful and funny audio commentary from director Joseph Zito.
Get Invasion U.S.A. here or I’ll hit with you so many rights, you’re gonna beg for a left.