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Unmasking The Idol

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UNMASKING THE IDOL 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 slipcase edition (designed by Robert Sammelin) is strictly limited to 6,000 units and may (but probably not) be followed by a standard edition in the future.


Duncan Jax is a world renowned secret agent and expert ninja. When he's not saving the world from international terrorists, he spends his time training in martial arts with his baboon sidekick, aptly named Boon. However, Duncan's new mission may be the most dangerous of his career when he is tasked with stopping the sale of atomic weapons and defeating a mysterious masked super-villain known only as Scarlet Leader. If successful, not only will Duncan escape with his life and save the world (again) but he will become rich beyond his wildest dreams after discovering a secret treasure being held in Scarlet Leader's lair.

Produced by the inventive North Carolina based E.O. Studios and directed by prolific filmmaker Worth Keeter (Snapdragon), UNMASKING THE IDOL remains one of the studio's most ambitious projects. Containing many impressive action and stunt sequences, as well as, hot air balloon chases, a fighting baboon, and of course...a hefty dose of ninja action - UNMASKING THE IDOL truly must be seen to be believed. Vinegar Syndrome Archive is proud to present this notoriously under-seen cult classic on Blu-ray and newly restored in 2K from its 35mm interpositive.

directed by: Worth Keeter
starring: Ian Hunter, Ed Grady, Dan Spivey, Shangtai Tuan, C.K. Bibby
1986 / 90 min / 1.85:1 / English Mono

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • Newly scanned & restored in 2K from its 35mm interpositive
  • Commentary track with director Worth Keeter, moderated by Phil Smoot
  • "The Mission Begins" (68 min) - an extended making-of documentary featuring interviews with: director Worth Keeter, lead actor Louis Dula (aka Ian Hunter), actor Shangtai Tuan, cinematographer Steve Shaw, stuntman Steve Winegard, stuntman Art Newkirk, camera assistant Irl Dixon and animal trainer Gerry Therrien
  • Limited edition of 6,000
  • Double-sided poster
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles