episode of Danger 5, you’ll see a Nazi Triceratops with machineguns
strapped to its horns. I was sorely tempted to end my review right
there, figuring half the people reading would have already made up their
mind to buy the DVD, and the other half would have drifted over to
Facebook to look at pictures of kittens peeking out of cupboards.
But on the
off chance anyone has made it this far, allow me to elucidate: Danger 5
comes from indie filmmakers Dario Russo and David Ashby, best known for
creating the YouTube sensation Italian Spiderman. Like that
earlier series, Danger 5 is made to look and sound like a low-budget
serial from the 1960’s. A lot of the same techniques have been carried
over from Italian Spiderman, but now everything is on a bigger
scale. The script has received more attention, the sets are more
detailed and the project looks more professional as a whole.
titular quintet are a group of soldiers, each hailing from a different
allied territory, united in their mission to stop the Nazi onslaught,
turn the tide of battle, and (of course) kill Hitler.
is divided into 6 25-minute episodes, each the subject of a single
‘mission.’ All are delightfully cheesy, ranging from a plan to stop Nazi
Dinosaurs from ravaging Europe, to an espionage mission into the ‘Golden
murder palace,’ a casino which Hitler is using as a front to create the
than not, the comedy stems from the completely ridiculous. In one
moment, model blimps on strings are carrying away a plastic Eiffel
tower. In the next, a character is battling a man in a (deliberately
unconvincing) shark suit. There are cigarette-smoking dogs, men with
dinosaurian heads, manga-inspired Japanese super-soldiers and sexy
female Nazis everywhere you look.
and feel of the series is absolutely spot-on. The miniature sets are
rich in detail, and finished off with some brilliant lighting effects.
Colours are dull and sometimes grainy, reflecting the quality of a 1960’s
film. The sound is noticeably muffled and the audio-sync is
ever-so-slightly off, adding to the overall effect.
writing for each of the characters is unique and colourful. David Ashby
plays Jackson, your typical gung-ho American who comes out with quotes
like ’…find Hitler and blow his face off his head-bone.’ Natasa Ristic’s
Ilsa is a dour alcoholic who shows us she has no standards whatsoever,
by hooking up with Nazi weight-lifters, fellow team members and even
Erwin Rommel over the course of the series.
pacing is generally good, there is the odd flat spot in this series
where you feel the story hasn’t quite got the legs to last 25
The Diamond Girls, parts 1-5: This 5
part series was previously released online, and acts as a teaser to
the main feature.
?Teasers: Some snippets from the more
action-packed moments of the show.
?Trailer: A promo video narrated by the
eagle-headed Colonel of Danger 5.
have been great if the DVD contained a ‘making of’ special, to explain
the creation of the hilarious sets, costumes and models. A gag reel
would have provided extra value as well.
fingers of Thunderbirds into a glass. Add a dash of
and another of vintage 007. Sprinkle with flakes of Japan’s
Ultraman and serve with a massive side order of cheese. The perfect
retro pulp comedy.