Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Director Andy Cheng's Redline Obtains Marquee Collection Status For Blu-ray And DVD Distribution On May 30

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

MVD Entertainment Group has a new Blu-ray debut as part of its popular MVD Marquee Collection series — “too new to be cult; not old enough to be catalog” — set for May 30.   A DVD purchasing option will also be available on that date.

This would be director Andy Cheng’s 2007 all-action film, Redline, starring Nadia Bjorlin (Jack Rio, Alone, Nothing is Impossible … and as Lara Miller in the Venice television series) as Natasha, a stunning beauty who knows her way around cars … especially fast, high-end cars.

Redline opened theatrically in April of 2007 and then had a DVD release in August from the now defunct Genius Products.   Gone.   Out of print.

The film is also noted for Quick Loan Funding’s Daniel Sadek using some very creative financing to produce the film just before the sub-prime market collapse … that’s just a curiosity.

Besides the alure of Bjorlin, Sadek was savvy enough to recruit award-winning stunt choreographer Andy Cheng to handle the direction; the high-octane mayhem, and none other than cinematographer Bill Butler (Oscar-nominated for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; two-time Emmy-winner for A Streetcar Named Desire and Raid on Entebbe … plus such films as Grease, Jaws, Demon Seed, Anaconda, Rocky II and Rocky IV, Stripes, etc.) to get it all down on film.   Production values and stunts are top-of-the-line.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

Natasha is from a racing family, it’s in her blood.   Her father was a daredevil racer (now deceased, doing what he loved on the NASCAR circuit) and she now runs her own high-end auto repair shop.   She knows the ins-and-outs of these super-charged beauties, which is how she ends up racing them — street-racing at that — for the action and the money.  

As the story unfolds, Natasha services the cars, including his prized Ford GT, of the rapper Infamous (played by Eddie Griffin) and through that connection gets hooked up with his crazy betting on the illicit street-racing of high-end cars (McLarens, Lamborghinis and the like).  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

He jets her up to Las Vegas (private jet, of course) to show his appreciation and before you can say “Zoom Zoom” she finds herself behind the wheel in a one-on-one big money street race.  It does not go well (and all of it is caught on camera by Butler).

It gets a little complicated — and we won’t get into all of the details — but Natasha survives the car-racing inferno, awakes to find herself the “property” of mob boss Michael D'Orazio (Angus Macfadyen), and is soon rescued by D’Orazio’s Iraq veteran nephew, Carlo (Nathan Phillips), who was actually on the way to his uncle’s place to kill him.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

Now a couple, Carlo and Natasha, have to evade the “crazy” uncle (who has some serious mob problems of his own) and she has to win the next big race or her mother, who has been kidnapped, will be killed.   Win?  Lose?   The finale is certainly explosive!!

Redline, as the latest member of the MVD Marquee Collection, returns to the home entertainment marketplace after a long absence.   On Blu-ray for the first time on May 30!

Bonus features include two featurettes — “Under the Hood: The Making of Redline” and “Redline at the LA Auto Show.”


DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey


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