Monday, July 5, 2021

Invaders of The Lost Gold – Severin Films (Blu-ray)

Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1982
Director: Alan Birkinshaw
Writers: Alan Birkinshaw, Bill James, Dick Randall
Cast: Stuart Whitman, Edmund Purdom, Woody Strode, Harold Sakata, Laura Gemser, Glynis Barber

Release Date: June 22nd, 2021
Approximate Running Time: 87 Minutes 38 seconds
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVCC
Rating: R
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $34.95

"In the last days of WWII, a Japanese platoon is attacked by headhunters while attempting to hide millions in gold. 36 years later, a grizzled guide (onetime Academy Award® nominee Stuart Whitman) is hired to lead an expedition - including Woody Strode (SPARTACUS), Harold 'Oddjob' Sakata and Laura 'Emanuelle' Gemser - into a jungle inferno of greed, violence, nudity and murder." - synopsis provided by the distributor

Video: 4/5

Here’s the information provided about this release's transfer, "scanned in 2K for the first time ever."

Invaders of The Lost Gold comes on a 25 GB single layer Blu-ray.

Disc Size: 22.8 GB

Feature: 19.8 GB

The source used for this transfer is in great shape. With most of the print related debris being a few minutes at the beginning of the film and end of the film. Colors look correct, details and black levels look strong throughout.

Audio: 3.75/5

This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. Though limited range wise, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.


Extras for this release include an interview with director Alan Birkinshaw titled Rumble in the Jungle (16 minutes 33 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo English, no subtitles) and outtakes from Machete Maidens Unleashed with Alan Birkinshaw and wife of producer Dick Randall, Corliss Randall (22 minutes 25 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo English, no subtitles).


The creative force behind Invaders of The Lost Gold Dick Randall a maverick producer who’s varied output includes The French Sex Murders, The Girl in Room 2A, The Clones of Bruce Lee, For Your Height Only and Pieces.

Invaders of The Lost Gold like all of Dick Randall’s films they're marked by their anemic budgets, cast of recognizable names and abundance of exploitation elements. That said, though Invaders of The Lost Gold starts off strong, things quickly lose focus with the bulk of the film being characters wandering around the jungle.

Severin Films gives Invaders of The Lost Gold a strong audio/video presentation that comes with a pair of informative extras.

Written by Michael Den Boer

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