It’s happening again. Drafthouse Films, the curatorial force behind exceptional repertory releases such as the ninja-blasting synth-rock monolith “Miami Connection”; the psychedelic sci-fi brain-melter “The Visitor”; and the most dangerous movie ever made, “Roar”, will be letting their latest cult sensation, “Dangerous Men” escape on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever April 5.
The fanatical brainchild of Iranian polymath John S. Rad, “Dangerous Men” is a passion project that remained in obsessive production for nearly two decades before finally debuting in California theaters in 2005. An unflappably prodigious creative force, Rad handled much of the technical duties of the film, appearing multiple times in the film’s credits as the director, writer, location scout, producer and executive producer.
The plot is, well, decide yourself. After Mina witnesses her fiancé’s brutal murder by beach thugs, she sets out on a venomous spree to eradicate all human trash from Los Angeles. Armed with a knife, a gun, and an undying rage, she murders her way through the masculine half of the city’s populace. A renegade cop is hot on her heels, a trail that also leads him to the subhuman criminal overlord known as Black Pepper. It’s a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, brain-devouring onslaught of ’80s thunder, ’90s lightning, and pure filmmaking daredevilry from another time and/or dimension. Blades flash, blood flows, bullets fly and synthesizers blare as the morgue overflows with the corpses of “Dangerous Men.”
Despite initially languishing at the box office during its limited theatrical release, and never finding a likeminded audience before Rad’s untimely death in 2007, “Dangerous Men” developed a devoted following before vanishing as mysteriously as it appeared. Working with the late artist’s family, the Drafthouse Films team worked tirelessly alongside the American Genre Film Institute to locate and restore the original film. “Dangerous Men” was re-released back into theaters in October 2015, garnering enthusiastically baffled acclaim from critics including “Rolling Stone,” who called it “incomprehensibly riveting” and “The Village Voice,” who found the film “astonishing . . . a truly outsider movie made my a lone auteur.”
The Blu-ray/DVD release features hours of extra content, including a feature-length commentary from authors Zack Carlson and Bryan Connelly, an original short documentary about the film’s original 2005 theatrical release, a video interview with cinematographer Peter Palian, and the only appearance of John S. Rad on television as well as an unexpunged print interview.