Interestingly enough, Dark Of The Sun seemed to get swept under the carpet over the years (maybe it was the disparagement about the film’s brutality?). It’s a pity, too, since the movie is on par with many of the other similarly-themed war movies made around the same timeframe. There’s some gripping drama goin’ on here, and the battle scenes are very well executed. Plus, there’s a fight with a chainsaw, man — that’s some seriously good shit right there in itself! Fortunately for all interested parties, the Warner Archive Collection has added Dark Of The Sun to their ever-expanding list of Manufactured-On-Demand titles, available exclusively from their website.
Better still, Warner has remastered this release, and the anamorphic presentation of this nearly-forgotten commandos on a suicide mission classic has a truly marvelous transfer to boot. While there is a fair amount of grain present (which kind of adds to the fun, really), Dark Of The Sun has some vibrant colors and deep black levels (especially for a Standard Def DVD-R!). Accompanying the 2.40:1 framed feature is a tinny Dolby Digital mono soundtrack (which, again, adds to the fun). There’s even an anamorphic theatrical trailer tacked on for good measure, making this one of those rare Warner Archive releases to include any sort of special features.