Friday, 21 April 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: Band Of The Hand Blu-ray

Mill Creek Ent.; Rated R; 110 minutes;

Now available on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment is the 1986 Michael Mann produced action-drama Band Of The Hand. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser, the film stars Stephen Lang, Michael Carmine, Lauren Holly, John Cameron Mitchell, Danny Quinn, Leon, and Laurence Fishburne. There are no special features or bonus extras on the disc.

Band Of The Hand centers on five young felons, Ruben Pacecho (played by Michael Carmine), Moss Roosevelt (played by Leon Robinson), Carlos Aragon (played by Danny Quinn), James Lee "J.L." MacEwen (played by John Cameron Mitchell), and Dorcey Bridger (played by Al Shannon), who all get a second chance after being accepted into an experimental rehab program led by a Vietnam veteran named "Indian Joe" Tegra (played by Stephen Lang).

Tegra drags the five felons into the dangerous swamps and forces them to learn how to survive. Afterwards, they work together on restoring a vacant house in a bad neighborhood in Miami. This might all sound good at first, but their actions causes a war with the local drug kingpin named Cream (played by Laurence Fishburne).

Final Thoughts: I had never of heard of the film before Mill Creek Entertainment released it on Blu-ray. Despite being produced by Michael Mann (Miami Vice), the movie was a big flop back in 1986. The plot is pretty thin, feeling less of a movie and more a like a script from 21 Jump Street (the television series, not the movies). The dialogue is cheesy and the acting is really is bad.

Overall, Band Of The Hand is a forgettable action-drama from the 1980s. The picture quality and sound are pretty decent on the Blu-ray. Personally, I didn't like the movie at all; a little too boring for me. The only good aspect of the movie is the soundtrack.

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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