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Saturday, June 9, 2012

The VHS Archives: Umberto Lenzi's THUNDER SQUAD (1985)

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Thunder Squad
Umberto Lenzi's I cinque del Condor (1985)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Mogul Communications, Inc.
Catalog: MOG1021
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1987
Runtime: 82:53
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Year of Release: 1985
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Antonio Sabato, Ivan Rassimov, Werner Pochath, Sal Borghese, Julya Fursich, Gustavo Adolfo Matos
AKAs: The Wild Team, The Condor Five, Five Amazon Bastards

Verbatim Box Synopsis
A South American rebel leader in exile in Miami, Florida, is given one last chance to overthrow his successor, a bloody and ferocious dictator, by a multi-national mining group out to exploit his country's mineral resources.

PROBLEM: The leader's only son is held hostage by the dictator, and will be executed at the first signal of an invasion. 

SOLUTION: Recruit a team of deadly mercenaries, all experts in guerilla warfare, to free the boy and eliminate local resistance ... thus the THUNDER SQUAD is born, a dirty dozen, trained to the limit and armed to the teeth. Parachuted into the jungle, they launch a sudden successful attack. 

The THUNDER SQUAD are betrayed by the multinational executives, who have switched sides to protect their interests. Hunted by government troops, the THUNDER SQUAD must battle for survival in the jungle ... Call it guts, courage, bravery ... whatever you call it, they've got it.

U.S. Mogul Commincations sleeve!
(The cover is actually a pretty cool foil-embossed sleeve which unfortunately doesn't scan very well. I'm unsure if a non-foil printing exists.)

Danish A-B-Collection Videofilm sleeve, courtesy of Hans-Jorn Reimer and his Danish Ex-Rental VHS Appreciation Group

German Starlight Video sleeve! 

Dutch Video for Pleasure sleeve!

French Prime Time Video sleeve!

Argentinean Lucian Films Video sleeve, courtesy of Raro VHS!

Argentinian Lucian Films VHS advertisement, also courtesy Cristian from Raro VHS!

Norwegian VCM sleeve, courtesy of Dag-Johnny Elnes!

Greek Rex Films Home Video sleeve, courtesy of Jack Jensen's When the Vietnam War Raged... in the Philippines

Japanese Columbia Video sleeve, also courtesy of Jack Jensen!


If you feel like spending 90 minutes in front of your computer, The Giallo Grindhouse have uploaded the entire film to Youtube!

Looking for Thunder Squad? It's not readily available on VHS, but if you just want to see it there's a crummy DVD from VideoAsia as part of their Expendables 2: Zero Heroes set.

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