Wednesday, June 1

Black Valor (Savage!) (1973) - 1988 Simitar/Bingo Video VHS

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Absolutely ridiculous (i.e. - awesome) and unrelated "urban" artwork for one of the great Cirio H. Santiago's first American/Filipino co-productions originally entitled Savage!. A watchable trash collision between Blaxploitation, jungle backdrop explosions, and faceless little brown soldiers twirling to the sound of gunfire. James Iglehart as lead sports the fashion-conscious duo of short afro and thick muttonchops with Lada Edmund and Carol Speed looking pretty whilst delivering Shakespearean level dialogue (and boobies). I doubt we'll see Shout Factory! ever issue this one into the Roger Corman Collection...

When digging around for information on Savage!, you might notice most references point to Don Julian's funky score. It is indeed excellent being the kind of orchestration so good that it "lays" on top of scenes making the visuals even more embarrassing. As usual with Simitar or Bingo Video tapes, the EP-speed cassette seems to just barely play properly...                    

2 comments:

David A. Zuzelo said...

I've never seen this cover and all I can say is DAMN THIS JACKET MAKES MY DAY!
Very awesome, thanks for posting it!

Anthony1138 said...

Had I seen this VHS cover back in the day, I would have rented it on the spot. Seeing it today, I downloaded it on the spot. Booyah!

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