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Dog Tags

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DOG TAGS 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 chain, The Archive, with locations in Bridgeport, CT and Aurora, CO.

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 Tony Stella) is strictly limited to 5,000 units and may (but probably not) be followed by a standard edition in the future.


During the Vietnam War, a special unit of Army Rangers is sent to rescue a small group of fellow soldiers being held as prisoners of war. After freeing the men, their next step is to reach a safe zone in order to be airlifted to safety. However, their plans change when a mysterious Captain Newport gives the men a new mission: find a downed helicopter in order to retrieve the classified information contained within. Facing enemy soldiers and navigating their way through the booby trap riddled jungle, the men reach the helicopter only to discover that it is actually filled with missing gold. Now, the men must fight for survival and try to avoid turning on each other as they attempt to make their way out of Cambodia in order to escape with their lives...and the gold.

Written and Directed by Italian genre filmmaker Romano Scavolini (A White Dress for Marialé, Nightmare), DOG TAGS is a brutally violent and bleak war movie mixed with elements of a heist film. Released in America by known exploitation producer Arthur Schweitzer (Evil Laugh, New York Ninja), the film was released in several different edited versions throughout the years. Vinegar Syndrome Archive is proud to present the never-before-seen uncut original English language version of DOG TAGS for the first time on Blu-ray, newly restored in 4k from the original Interpositive film elements and presented in its true cinemascope aspect ratio.

directed by: Romano Scavolini
starring: Clive Wood, Baird Stafford, Robert Haufrecht, Peter Elich, Mike Monty, Jim Gaines, Robert Marius
1987 / 111 min / 2.39:1 / English 2.0 Stereo

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm interpositive
  • "The Dogs of War" (52 min) - an interview with writer/director Romano Scavolini
  • "Accepting the Mission" (8 min) - an interview with executive producer Arthur Schweitzer
  • Alternate Ending from the International version
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Original video trailer
  • Original TV spot
  • Reversible sleeve artwork
  • Newly SDH subtitles