Down-on-their-luck adventurers Chuck Norris and Louis Gosset are approached by theslightly flaky Melody Anderson to help her track down a horde of Aztec gold. They proceed totraipse about Central America, experiencing one sub-Indiana Jones adventure after another,racing to reach the treasure before a villain with (yes) an eye-patch.
J. Lee Thompson’s film doesn’t take itself seriously for a moment, but that doesn’t mean it’sactually funny. It isn’t, much, and the by…the-numbers adventure is deeply uninspiring. The fightscenes themselves are rubbish, taking up too little screen time (isn’t the point of a Norris filmto see him bash heads?). At one point, Norris is wearing a priest’s costume, and so you can’teven see his legs as he kicks. Snore.
The 2.0 surround is very enthusiastic, pounding away that cheesy 80s score and pumping outa pretty convincing sense of environment from all sides. A big problem, however, is the dialogue.As soon as anyone raises a voice, distortion kicks in, and the result is sometimes deeplyunpleasant.
The picture, however, looks great. There is some grain, but the colours are vibrant, and theimage is sharp. The video won’t win any awards, but it gets the job done just fine. Bothfullscreen and 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen ratios are provided.
The trailer, and that’s it.
Come back to 1986, when you didn’t have to spend 130 million bucks to make a pedestrian,phoned-in bit of video fodder. Hello, Sahara?
Special Features List
- Theatrical Trailer