'The Last Dragon' Coming Out on Blu-ray in August (Do Wonders Ever Cease?)
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'The Last Dragon' Coming Out on Blu-ray in August (Do Wonders Ever Cease?)

nullIf there are any

millennials out there who want to experience what the 1980’s were like, you can

do one of two things: build a time machine, or watch “The Last Dragon”.

Produced by

Motown chief Berry Gordy, and directed by Michael Schultz ("Cooley High," "Car

Wash," "Greased Lightning," "Which Way is Up?"), the 1985 film could be a perfect

example of all that went wrong during the decade – the big hair, the synthesized music, the trashy clothes, etc, and yet

the film has endured.

In fact,

there is a legitimate real cult following for the film, and there are even websites

and fan made tribute trailers. Part of it is nostalgia, but

another large part is the fact that it’s a silly, truly weird movie that knows

exactly what it is, and makes no attempt to hide that fact.

Starring Taimak, Prince “protégé” Vanity, and Julius Carry

(pictured above), the film, as the official synopsis says, is about “a young man searching for the ‘master’ to obtain the final level of martial arts

mastery known as ‘The Glow.’ Along the way, he must fight an evil martial arts

expert and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter."

But that doesn’t remotely a real sense of just how nutty this film is. I could call

it a musical-comedy-martial-arts film; but even that description doesn’t say just how intentionally ridiculous and truly oddball

it is.

No doubt it’s

corny and campy, and probably outdated by now (it was probably outdated when it

first came out), and it’s clearly aimed at kids, but the film does have an infectious

goofiness to it.

And of

course, there’s the film stealing turn by Carry as the villain, Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem (You see it’s that kind of movie).

And how could I forget Debarge performing

their smash hit of 1985, "Rhythm of the Night" in the film?

It was

a big box office hit when it was released, earning nearly $75 million (in today’s

dollars), and 3 years ago, there was a plan for a remake with Samuel L. Jackson

and Rihanna which, to date, fortunately, never went into production. Maybe a

good thing. You can’t capture lightening in a bottle twice.

So all this

is to say that, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing "The Last Dragon" for the first time on blu-ray, on August 25th.

No word

about any extras or special features, but since all the major players involved with

the film (except for Carry who died in 2008) are still very much alive, one

would think that the blu-ray will include commentaries and interviews.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a trailer for the film in good condition, and the tribute fan trailers

tend to be condensed versions of the entire film from beginning to end. So, instead, here’s the clip where Sho’nuff  “lays down the law."

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