Two 1980 titles, The Dogs of War and The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, are being released on Blu-ray Nov. 23 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group.
In the action adventure The Dogs of War, Christopher Walken (Pennies From Heaven, Heaven’s Gate, The Deer Hunter) is brutal mercenary Jamie Shannon (Walken), a cynical warrior-for-hire who feels truly alive only in the heat of battle. He takes the most challenging assignment of his career: to invade a corrupt African dictatorship and shift control to the “puppet” of a powerful British corporation. To prepare, Shannon trains and equips a squad of deadly mercenaries with the latest and most destructive tactics and military hardware. But as their explosive assault begins, Shannon finds himself embroiled in an internal conflict of his own: Will this be his greatest triumph, or has he sold his soul along with his battle expertise? Tom Berenger (Platoon, Last Rites, Major League), Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Sender, The Final Option), Hugh Millais (Images, The Wicked Lady), JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist, Teachers, American Dreamers) and Colin Blakely (Equus, Nijinsky, The Big Sleep) co-star in the film directed by John Irvin (Hamburger Hill, Next of Kin, Raw Deal) and filmed by D.P. Jack Cardiff (The African Queen, Dark of the Sun, The Awakening). The special edition includes both the U.S. theatrical (104 minutes, rated ‘R’) and international (118 Minutes, not rated) cuts, plus a limited-edition slipover (while supplies last). Bonus features include interviews with co-stars Paul Freeman and Maggie Scott, co-writer George Malko, first assistant director Anthony Waye, production designer Peter Mullins, and costume designer Emma Porteous.
The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood is the third and final film in the “Happy Hooker” sex comedy trilogy, a series loosely based on the memoirs of Xaviera Hollander, a prostitute from the Netherlands. It stars two time bond girl Martine Beswick (From Russia with Love, Thunderball), Adam West (TV’s “Batman”), Phil Silvers, Chris Lemmon and Richard Deacon (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) with special guest appearances by Edie Adams and Army Archerd. In the film, when Xaviera (Beswick), now a best-selling author, has Tinseltown calling with a less-than-savory offer for her book, she flexes her independent spirit, deciding to film the movie herself. Bonus features include new on-camera interviews with stars Martine Beswick and Chris Lemmon.