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Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.

review by Zach B.

 

Unrated

Starring Rick Gianasi, Susan Byun, Bill Weeden, Thomas Crnkovich, Noble Lee Lester, Brick Bronsky, Fumio Furuya

Written by Lloyd Kaufman, Andrew Osborne and Jeffery W. Sass

Directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz

 

Retail Price: 24.99

Features: Theatrical Trailers, Commentary by co-director Lloyd Kaufman, Photo Stills, Tromaville Cafe TV Show, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD Animated TV Pilot, Sgt. Kabukiman Rap, Troma Radiaton March, Public Service Announcment, Clips with commentary by star Rick Gianasi

Specs: 1.33:1, Mono, Chapter Search

 

 

Ah, Troma. Cheap budgets, lots of nudity and a ton of gross out moments. That's how we've come to know and love Troma. "Toxic Avenger", "Tromeo and Juliet", the classics roll on and on. "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." is another pretty well known Troma film. Does it fit the mold Troma has created? Indeed it does.

I really enjoy "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.", each and every time I see it. The effects are cheap, the story is zany, the violence is gruesome the nudity is well, uh nude and the costumes and characters are just plain wacky. You can't take a movie like this seriously. You either love it or hate it. I love this movie, and everything it brings with. It's some of the most campy fun you can ever have.

A detective, Harry Griswold is investigating a string of murders that deal with Kabuki actors. Yet, magically, he is given a kiss by one of the actors before his death, and he starts developing weird superpowers. His face changes, he has a desire for raw fish... Harry's life becomes, well Kabuki, and soon becomes... SGT. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.! However, evil forces are rising, with the arrival of a businessman and an ancient evil prophecy. Only Kabukiman, with the help of Lotus, a beautiful girl, can stop and save the world from the prophecy.

Yes, this movie sounds really silly, and that's what makes it. It's Troma, that's the idea, it's silly. Troma fans should be pleased that this is the unrated Director's Cut, meaning you see some pretty sick stuff. What I also like this film radiates an "late 80s/early 90s" feel.

 

The transfer could have been better. It's in 1.33:1, and colors are unsaturated, there are some artifacts, grain and scratches, plus it looks really faded. Detail is pretty nice, but most of what you see could have been a lot better.

 

The mono mix is decent, nothing special. Dialogue is clear and so is music, and sound effects pack a much needed punch. Still, nothing overpowers anything. As said, simply a decent mix. No more, no less.

 

Now this disc is packed with some great stuff. First I'll start off with the basic stuff. There are four trailers to view. One for Kabukiman, Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke Em High and the other for Tromeo and Juliet (No "Surf Nazis Must Die!"? Boo!). If anyone knows Troma trailers, these are really, really wacky. They are long, and do tend to give away most of the movie, but are just so zany. Next up, are a bunch of stills from the movie, which are nice to look at (and some are disgusting). Now for some creative stuff: Star Rick Gianasi (Harry Griswold) gives a semi-audio commentary. You can choose one of a few scenes, and he'll give a commentary on it. This stuff is pretty interesting. Next up, is a very enjoyable music video called the "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." rap. The quality is videotape like, but it's still fun. Also, "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." almost became a cartoon, just like the Toxic Avenger. It didn't work out, but there is a "cartoon pilot" on the disc of it. It's fun to watch, and also videotape quality. The cartoon is unlike the movie, and geared more toward children, but still a nice addition and fun. There is this "Radiation March" a Troma ballet which is good for a viewing, plus a pretty sick and no-non sense public service announcement. In addition to this, there is an episode of the "Tromaville Cafe" TV show, plus a very interesting commentary by co-director Lloyd Kaufman. Kaufman is sometimes screen specific, but sometimes not, but all his stories are very interesting deal with the production (he even points out some secret stuff, and shows you where a cheap effect is). He also talks about some other stuff, plus a little about the Kabukiman cartoon you can view.

 

This movie is certainly not for everyone. If you're a Troma fan or loves wacky movies, this is for you. If you don't dig gross out scenes or silly plots, then I say this is not for you. While the video and audio are average, the extras make up for everything else. Troma fans, this is one for your collection.

 

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