Before he was responsible for “Nikita”, the “Transporter” films, and “Léon – Der Profi”, Luc Besson produced “TV-Tod live – Kamikaze”, a sci-fi thriller in which cameras become instruments of murder. The film is now available on Blu-ray for the first time.
Luc Besson stirred up European entertainment cinema not only by directing works such as “Nikita” and “Léon – The Professional” but also with numerous films he produced, such as the “Transporter” series. Even before the Frenchman lured cinema audiences with Hollywood stars, he brought detailed sci-fi worlds to the screen, as he would later pursue in “The Fifth Element” or “Valerian – The City of a Thousand Planets”, and in the thriller “TV-Tod live – Kamikaze”.
Directed by Didier Grousset, the film is about a mad scientist who uses television cameras and transmission waves to kill people – and in such a brutal way that the film has an FSK rating in Germany from the age of 18. On April 8, 2022, “TV-Tod live – Kamikaze” will finally celebrate its HD premiere in German home cinema – uncut, of course!
The Blu-ray premiere of “TV Tod Live – Kamikaze” is released in the Mediabook and comes with brand new image scanning compared to the DVD first edition from a few years ago.
This is “TV Death Live – Kamikaze”
Written by Luc Besson, Didier Grousset and Michèle Pétin, the film begins with computer genius Albert (Michel Galabru) being fired. During his unemployment, he is driven out of his mind by constant boredom and massive alcohol consumption. He soon decides to develop a technology that will enable him to turn TV cameras into dangerous weapons and use them to kill annoying TV presenters who live on air. Police Inspector Romain Pascot (Richard Bohringer) begins the hunt for Albert but needs a lot of help.
While many later Besson films are known for their polished look reminiscent of big-budget Hollywood goods, “TV-Tod live – Kamikaze” baked even smaller buns: Although the sci-fi thriller was shown in cinemas in France, its look and its inner logic are more reminiscent of the charm of B-movies, which were produced directly for the video market. For Besson fans and film fans who miss this style, this is not a contra, but a reason to take a look at “TV-Tod live”.
Incidentally, the Mediabook is limited to just 1,200 copies and includes a 16-page booklet with additional information about the film and its makers.