Arrow Video, with sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, looks to May 17 for the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack release of a new 2K restoration of director Nico Mastorakis’ 1990 all-action thriller, Hired to Kill.
This is not to be confused with the Steven Seagal film of the same name released theatrically that year. Mastorakis’ Hired to Kill went the direct-to-video route in the domestic market, but that wasn’t until February of 1992.
This is the third Mastorakis film to be restored by Arrow Video — Island of Death was released in May of last year and The Zero Boys arrives on Apr. 26. It is something of a cult thing and Hired to Kill fits right in … a pure guilty pleasure.
Recruited for the cast are such familiar faces as Oliver Reed and Oscar-winners George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke) and José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac), but its Brian Thompson as hired gun Frank Ryan and his “magnificent seven” bevy of super model operatives that are the focus of our attention. He’s hired to break Ferrer out of prison and his cover is that he is a fashion photographer (with a limp wrist) on a photo shoot (pardon us while we snicker).
Yeah, right, that’s just an excuse for some skin between episodes of violence, but let’s give our boy Frank Ryan an A for effort in trying to sell dictator Michael Bartos (Reed) that he’s not the rugged action he appears to be (the big scene: “The Kiss”).
As to bonus goodies, Arrow Video has a commentary option with veteran film editor Barry Zetlin (Breeders, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Cellar Dweller, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, etc.), newly prepared video sessions with both filmmaker Nico Mastorakis and the film’s star, Brian Thompson, plus there’s a copy of the original shooting script (which was titled “Freedom or Death”).