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L.A. Wars

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L.A. Wars is part of the Vinegar Syndrome Archive collection, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era. This collection was inspired by our own video store, The Archive in Bridgeport, CT.

Unique to this line, each hand numbered limited edition release will come fitted in a specially designed, bottom loading VHS inspired slipcase, while also including a double-sided poster.

These releases will ONLY be available on our website and at participating brick and mortar retailers. Absolutely no other online stores will be stocking them. This release is strictly limited to 4,000 units and will never be re-released in another version.


Jake Quinn is a disgraced cop who yearns to re-join the LAPD, but makes his living working as a bouncer. But when a bloody turf war breaks out between Carlo Giovani’s established mob family and new thug on the block, Raul Guzman, Jake is called back into action and put deep undercover, getting a job as personal bodyguard to Carlo’s daughter, Carla. As the unlikely duo form a close and romantic bond, Raul senses that in order to take over the streets, he’ll need to do something that’ll force Carlo into his crosshairs, and proceeds to kidnap Carla. But what he didn’t count on was the vengeance of one man army, Jake Quinn…

A high octane action indie produced during the later craze of direct-to-video thrillers, co-directors Tony Kandah and Martin Morris’ L.A. WARS packs in as many monster shoot outs, slow-motion squib explosions, gratuitous sex scenes, and explosions as possible. Vinegar Syndrome Archive presents L.A. WARS on Blu-ray, newly restored from the only known film elements.

Directed by: Tony Kandah and Martin Morris
Starring: Vince Murdocco, Mary E. Zilba, A.J. Stephans, Rodrigo Obregón, Johnny Venocur, David Jean Thomas
1993 / 92 min / 1.33:1 / English Mono

• Region Free Blu-ray
• Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 16mm archival elements
• “Starting a War” - an interview with producer/co-writer/co-director Tony Kandah
• “Shoot First” - an interview with cinematographer Mark Morris
• Audio interview with actor Vince Murdocco
• Audio interview with actor Rodrigo Obregón
• Still gallery
• Original trailer
• Limited edition of 4,000
• Brand new front cover artwork by Tom Hodge of The Dude Designs
• Double-sided poster
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH subtitles