The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) presents two new offerings: Lady Street Fighter (1981) and Ninja Zombie (1992).
Lady Street Fighter
Lady Street Fighter is a 1981 action-packed exploitation movie starring Renee Harmon as Linda Allen. (Harmon wrote and produced the film too.) According to IMDB, Allen is a woman who comes to Los Angeles to track down the people who murdered her twin sister. It is possible that her sister was killed because of a tape containing incriminating information about some mobsters. Linda Allen takes some of the mobsters down with kung fu kicks and sometimes brutal killings, distracting viewers with her tacky disco era wardrobe along the way. “I owe you this one, shorty” is an example of the bad dialogue that comes with the bad acting in this film, but somehow this movie manages to be entertaining despite its badness. One reviewer says that the “phrase ‘so bad, it’s good’ was coined to describe works like the early 80s film Lady Street Fighter.”
AGFA’s version of Lady Street Fighter is now available on Blu-ray and includes some nice bonus features:
- New 2K scan from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print
- Commentary track with director James Bryan and the AGFA team
- Street fightin’ trailers from the AGFA vaults
- Bonus movie: REVENGE OF LADY STREET FIGHTER, the unreleased sequel to LADY STREET FIGHTER, scanned in 2K from the original 35mm camera negative
- Liner notes by Annie Choi of Bleeding Skull
You can order the Blu-ray through Amazon.
According to AGFA, this 1992 horror film was never released in any format, but a summary of its wild storyline is posted on IMDB:
Orlan Sands (Michael Correll) is threatened by an evil spider-themed karate cult seeking the location of an archaeological dig unearthing a rare magical artifact, so he turns to his best friend Jack (John Beaton Hill), a martial arts champion, for protection. But when Jack is killed, he has no choice but to seek out a voodoo witch doctor who brings Jack back to life as Ninja Zombie. Now, the undead warrior foil[s] the plans of the cult and its leader, who will stop at nothing to succeed, even if it means kidnapping Jack’s fiancee.
AGFA will release Ninja Zombie in DVD format. The DVD will come with the following bonus features:
- Transferred from the original BETA-SP master tapes
- Commentary track with director Mark Bessenger
- Behind-the-scenes footage
- IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE short film by Mark Bessenger
- Interview with star John Beaton Hill
- Reversible cover art with illustration by Kelsey Spencer
Ninja Zombie will not be released until October 9, but it is available for pre-order now through Amazon.