Monday, August 3, 2015

Riki Oh: Story of Ricky UK Collector's Blu-Ray

Filed under "Why can't we have this too?"

I still remember the first time I watched Riki Oh: The Story of Ricky on a worn out old rental VHS from a sleazy local comic book shop. "Life changing" doesn't begin to describe it.

My friends and I needed to know what movie contained the exploding head clip from the "5 Questions" segment on The Daily Show. This was pre-Jon Stewart (Craig Kilborn used to have that job) and pre-modern Internet search engine, so some sleuthing was required. When we finally tracked a copy down, the initial viewing was pure teenage ecstasy.

Riki Oh tells the story of Ricky, who is imprisoned in a futuristic privatized penitentiary run by the ruthless "Gang of Four". I don't want to spoil too much of the plot, suffice to say it has it ALL. Martial arts, cheesy dialogue, gallons of blood and guts. Now those of you in the UK are lucky enough to get a special edition Blu-Ray combo pack release, while the rest of us have to suffer a regular Blu-Ray release sans combo packing. C'mon internet, get petitioning!

This is one of those movies along with Dead Alive that if someone tells me they've never seen it, I'll do a comical spit-take of whatever I happen to be drinking, and then launch into a long diatribe about why they need to go watch it immediately and be a better person for it.

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