Day of the Warrior (1996) Mill Creek Blu-ray Review
Highly diluted and a borderline spoof of the entries that came before it, Day of the Warrior has several unintentionally hilarious moments in it, but it’s nowhere near as fun or engaging as Andy Sidaris’ earlier films in his 12-entry series that features “bullets, bombs, and babes.”
Plot: The Agency’s computer database is compromised by a powerful criminal named “The Warrior”. Now, with the list of all the undercover agents’ identities in hand, he is going after them, one by one.
Review: The L.E.T.H.A.L. (Legion to Ensure Total Harmony and Law) ladies are back, and this time they face a deranged, muscle-protruding madman who calls himself The Warrior (played by WCW wrestler Marcus Bagwell). The Warrior has his hands in lots of pots: a pornography syndicate, a bootleg videotape empire, diamond smuggling, and general chaos, just like Cobra Commander. He sets his sites on L.E.T.H.A.L. to preemptively strike at the only organization that can stop him, but the ladies on the team – namely Willow Black (Julie Strain), Cobra (Julie K. Smith), and Tiger (Shae Marks) – and their male counterparts are up to the task. With the help of their mascot Fu (Gerald Okamura), they are the only hope of making sure The Day of the Warrior never comes.
Highly diluted and a borderline spoof of the entries that came before it, Day of the Warrior has several unintentionally hilarious moments in it, but it’s nowhere near as fun or engaging as Andy Sidaris’ earlier films in his 12-entry series that features “bullets, bombs, and babes.” I never understood why his film Seven wasn’t included in this series, as it’s the same thing, but better than the rest. Day of the Warrior is silly to the point of being cartoonish with its Home Alone-styled villains who goof around and get blown up and end up looking like Harry and Marv after Kevin McAllister sets them on fire or electrocutes them. There’s still the “R” rated element of gratuitous sex and nudity, but there’s never any bad language or gore, so these movies were basically “R” rated for boobs and butts and no other reason. It’s like Andy Sidaris was an 11-year old kid his whole life. It’s nonsense, but it’s just barely fun enough to sit through once.
Mill Creek’s new Blu-ray of Day of the Warrior has just been released, and it contains a widescreen transfer (first time ever), and includes archival bonus features, including the old intro with Andy and Julie Strain. If you’ve made it this far into purchasing these films, then keep going.