Gymkata

Overview

Warner offers up a decent no-frills disc for B-movie fans with this DVD of Gymkata. The video transfer is the best part, offering a crisp anamorphic, widescreen image with strong colors and solid detail. It shows its age in a few spots but is of good quality overall. The dialogue seems a little low in spots in the disc's mono soundtrack mix, but this seems like a peculiarity of the mix as the music and oft-cartoonish sound effects come through just fine. The only extras included are a trailer for Gymkata and a ...
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Overview

Warner offers up a decent no-frills disc for B-movie fans with this DVD of Gymkata. The video transfer is the best part, offering a crisp anamorphic, widescreen image with strong colors and solid detail. It shows its age in a few spots but is of good quality overall. The dialogue seems a little low in spots in the disc's mono soundtrack mix, but this seems like a peculiarity of the mix as the music and oft-cartoonish sound effects come through just fine. The only extras included are a trailer for Gymkata and a bonus trailer for The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. An interview or a commentary track would have been nice, especially given the film's cult following. However, the fans can console themselves with the fact that the trailer for Gymkata is the kind of old-fashioned "hard sell" that one doesn't see anymore. All in all, this is a decent, if rather bare-bones disc that allows fans to reconnect with this B-movie favorite.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Gymkata was made by the producer and director of Enter the Dragon, but don't expect something of that caliber. The dialogue is full of howlers, the acting ranges from wooden to hammy, and the central concept of a gymnastics/karate fusion is played out in a rather silly manner note how the hero conveniently finds gymnastic equipment in non-gymnastics-oriented environments in a few key scenes. More importantly, Kurt Thomas is no Bruce Lee -- he thoroughly lacks the charisma and the screen presence that defined Lee. That said, any B-movie fan who can get past the film's inherent goofiness will find it very entertaining in a campy sort of way. Highlights include a training sequence that involves Thomas learning to hand-walk his way up a staircase, the sudden unexpected murder of a guard in mid-sentence, and a bizarre, artsy sequence where Thomas has to fend for himself in a village full of homicidally insane people. Director Robert Clouse might not get the best performances from his cast, but he keeps the action rolling at an agreeably fast pace and makes the most of some scenic rural locations. In short, Gymkata is a hunk of schlock through and through, but it's got enough energy and quirkiness to entertain cult movie fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • UPC: 012569795242
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,816

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Thomas Jonathan Cabot
Tetchie Agbayani Princess Rubali
Richard Norton Zamir
Edward Bell Paley
John Barrett Gomez
Conan Lee Hao
Bob Schott Thorg
Buck Kartalian Kahn
Lou Baldovine
Matt Beaumont
Chip Bisonette
Bill Britt
Bruce Crete
Slobodan Dimitrijevic Tamerlane
Ray Downing
Martin Ellis
Tony Fletcher
Jim Gibson
Colin Handley
Carla Hill
John Hooper
Blake Johnson
Ivo Kristof Brockschmidt
Sharan Lea Connie
Pamela Lewis
Kerry Long
Teresa Marineau
Tracy Noles
Pai Kim
Becky Palachuk
Jonas Patricko
Z. Pokupec Mackle
Daniel Price
T. Vukusi
Monty Wells
Mark Wickman
Eric Lawson Col. Cabot
Sonny Barnes Western Trainer
Tadashi Yamashita Eastern Trainer
Technical Credits
Robert Clouse Director
Peter Buntic Stunts
Charles Robert Carner Screenwriter
Peter Dawson Special Effects
Velijko Despotovic Production Designer
Robert A. Ferretti Editor
Terry Glass Special Effects
Godfrey A. Godar Cinematographer
Drago Habazin Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfi Kabiljo Score Composer
William Maynard Art Director
Nemanja Petrovic Art Director
Steve Purcell Special Effects
Sherree Stivers Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Fred Weintraub Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gymkata
1. Credits [1:41]
2. Dad's Peril, Son's Glory [3:29]
3. Parmistan Game [3:15]
4. Fighting and Other Skills [4:34]
5. Tools for the Task [3:34]
6. Marketplace Mayhem [2:43]
7. Rescuing Rubali [4:46]
8. Tearing Up the Town [4:12]
9. Ninja Squad [4:01]
10. Rules of the Game [4:38]
11. Hunting Targets [3:39]
12. Marriage Banns [4:18]
13. Don't Play Tomorrow [5:25]
14. Death Becomes You [3:17]
15. Rope Burn [3:50]
16. Rope Cut [2:58]
17. Finish Line for Hao and Thorg [3:48]
18. Village of the Crazies [6:01]
19. Horsing Around [5:02]
20. Surprise Rescuer [4:09]
21. Zamir Strikes Again [3:27]
22. Underdog Triumphs [4:11]
23. End Credits [2:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Gymkata
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Off
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