The advent of DVD seems to have prompted the re-release of every low budget 80s flick ever made. "The Exterminator" is the latest to join this gallery of B-movies although it carries a touch more class than most and benefits from a surprisingly good DVD mastering.
Vigilante flicks were mighty popular during the late 70s and early 80s. Whilst the majority have been thankfully forgotten, "The Exterminator" continues to carry a punch for its exceptionally uncompromising nature and its influence on action films of the 80s. Where else do you think the expression "I'll be back" originated from?
The DVD release from Synergy is labelled as a 'Director's Cut'. It's hard to know whether it is or not but it's up to seven minutes longer than some versions released on UK video. The gut-wrenchingly sick throat slash and head flip scene is now restored to the beginning of the film, as are some other niceties that were previously trimmed.
Even more miraculous is the picture quality that distinguishes this DVD release as head and shoulders above any previous VHS outings. The sound is presented in a 3.0 mix that while being occasionally wonky in spatial effects is nevertheless quite effective.
Note: this disc is Region 0 and can be viewed on any DVD player.Chapters: 12
Sound: Dolby Digital 3.0
Extra Features: Scene selection, trailer, Synergy trailer showcase.