DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE REVIEWED
“Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze” was a summer of 1975 bomb that has become a cult classic. Like many cult classics, its fans are willing to overlook a paper thin plot and a ton of concessions made for the concept to work. Ron Ely plays the titular character as a tan Deus ex Machina. For those that don’t know the character’s rich history, you’re in luck. While watching the film, it becomes brutally apparent that the film’s creators were in the dark as well. If a scene isn’t working, Doc Savage empathically knows what is needed to get the plot moving.
Hopping from Point A to Point B, Doc Savage and his team of men play it up like a jockish Buckaroo Banzai. Michael Berryman and the Breakfast Club principal show up in early roles, but they aren’t standouts. While Warner Archive has been very loving to this film, there’s a reason why most have never seen it on cable or home video before. It’s a bizarre botched retro trip that doesn’t connect to that wide of an audience. Still, I recommend checking it out for the bizarre aesthetic.
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 mono