Do or Die

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A madman named Kane (Pat Morita) has decided to have some fun, but his brand of fun involves danger and even death. He has sent out a band of assassins, charged to murder a group of secret agents. As he has tired of having his plans foiled and his business lose income, he figures this will free up his lifestyle. The agents will have trouble ruining his plots with his assassins on their trails, especially if the targets are eliminated. But Kane isn’t satisfied with just sending his killers to hunt them down, instead he needs to make the prospect more interesting. As such, he alerts two beautiful agents of his plans and in the process, thinks he can prove once and for all just how much of an evil genius he is. But he doesn’t count on the agents being so damn smart and on top of things, as his assassin squads fail from the start. The two agents soon meet up with others and before long, Kane has to track all eight agents. This leads to problems he never imagined and by turn, his attempts to knock them off fall short. But as the agents travel from place to place, Kane is somehow able to track them from his lush homestead. This allows him to dispatch additional teams of assassins, to put more pressure on the agents. His high end weapons and numerous assassins are poised, but is that even enough to stop these lethal beauties?

This Andy Sidaris production has the usual trimmings, but in addition, it features two well known actors in prominent roles. The babes have some help from Erik Estrada (Tv’s Chips) and find themselves at odds with Pat Morita (The Karate Kid), who plays Asian villain Kane. In the sequels to this movie, Morita’s character would be played by Roger Moore’s son Geoffrey, in a very odd casting decision. But for now, we have Morita and he is a blast to watch, as he is bald and as mean as a wet beaver in heat. Hell, he even takes off shirt and proves he can dish out a mean massage, as well as take one. But enough about Mr. Miyagi, as this movie is all about the chicks and of course, Sidaris has included a nice assortment in Do or Die. You’ll such beauties as Dona Spier, Roberta Vasquez, Cynthia Brimhall, and Carolyn Liu, all of whom returned for the two sequels, plus the infamous Pandora Peaks herself. And this is a Sidaris production, so breasts are often unleashed, guns are fired at will, and shit explodes in the blink of an eye. The storyline is Do or Die is so bad, you’ll be laughing your head off at all the inconsistencies and plot holes, but come on, that’s part of the fun in this case. So for fans of Sidaris’ special brand of cinema, Do or Die is more than recommended, thanks to the sheer presence of Pat Morita.

Video: How does it look?

Do or Die is presented in full frame, as intended. I was quite taken by the transfer here, as the image looks excellent and puts all previous editions to shame. The print used shows some minor flaws, but it cleaner than any prior home video version, with minimal debris and grain evident, very impressive work. The colors look lush and vibrant, with no signs of errors and flesh tones are natural as well. I saw no reason for concern with contrast either, as black levels are sharp and on the mark, no problems in the least there. I figured the image would better than before, but I am very pleased with the result here, as this movie has never looked better.

Audio: How does it sound?

I found the audio here to be basic, but effective and as such, I don’t think anyone will be let down in this case. Of course, the music, explosions, and gunfire would sound richer in a full surround option, but even as it stands, the elements are in fine form. The sound effects have as much punch as can delivered, while the music has solid presence also, at least as far as you can expect from an audio track like this. The dialogue is clear and never hard to understand, thanks to well balanced volume levels.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The extras start off with an audio commentary track, as Andy Sidaris and his wife Arlene discuss the production. The two provide their usual brand of comments, as the girls are talked about, the various stunts involved, technical information, and of course, some humorous behind the scenes stories. So another solid session from Sidaris, who seems to never run out of information about his productions. Sidaris returns to introduce the movie with Julie Strain, who as always, has trouble keeping her clothes on. A pair of featurettes are up next, with Part I of the Hard Hunted locations and the Andy Sidaris film school featurette. A selection of interviews is also included, as well as some still photos and trailers for Hard Hunted and other Sidaris pictures. Not a bad selection of extras, as fans will devour these supplements.

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