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Martial Law 1 & 2

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Martial Law 1&2 is part of our Vinegar Syndrome Archive collection, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era. This collection was inspired by our own brick & mortar 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 indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them. This release is strictly limited to 4,000 units and will never be re-released in another version by us.


In MARTIAL LAW, Sean Thompson (Chad McQueen) is a tough as nails, martial arts master, LA street cop with the appropriate nickname of "Martial Law." After a body is discovered bearing telltale signs of "Dim-Mak," or 'death touch,' Sean and his female partner Billie Blake (Cynthia Rothrock) take on the case, which soon leads them to ruthless crime lord Dalton Rhodes (David Carradine) whose kung fu fighting band of thugs is preparing to unleash bloody mayhem on the city. All the while, and unknown to Sean, his younger brother Michael has become one of Dalton's henchman…

The saga continues in MARTIAL LAW UNDERCOVER when the body of a cop is found dead in a park, Sean Thompson and his kickboxing, crime fighting partner Billie Blake are hot on the trail of suspects, which leads them to a high-end nightclub where rich and powerful men are entertained by beautiful women and high-stakes martial arts fighting. Billie decides to go undercover in order to expose the shocking truth about the club and its patrons before more bodies turn up...

Co-starring the queen of 90s kickboxing cinema, Cynthia Rothrock, these action packed, direct-to-video classics are making their Blu-ray debut from Vinegar Syndrome Archive, newly restored in 4K from their 35mm original camera negatives.

directed by: Steve Cohen, Kurt Anderson
starring: Chad McQueen, Cynthia Rothrock, David Carradine, Jeff Wincott
1990-1991 / 180 min / 1.85:1 / English Stereo

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray (2-disc Set)
  • Newly scanned & restored in 4k from their 35mm original camera negatives
  • “Declaring Martial Law: The Birth of a Female Action Star” - a featurette focused on MARTIAL LAW with director Steve Cohen, actress Cynthia Rothrock and stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt
  • “Under the Law: How a Hit Became a Franchise” - a featurette focused on MARTIAL LAW UNDERCOVER with producer Steve Cohen, actress Cynthia Rothrock and fight choreographer Jeff Pruitt
  • Silent outtake scenes for MARTIAL LAW
  • Original trailers for both films
  • Original video trailers for both films
  • Double-sided poster
  • Limited edition of 4,000
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles