By Liam Freeman

Originally hitting cinemas back in 1991, Toy Soldiers is finally making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD and I have to say it’s one of those films that deserve to be brought back to the shelves.

A terrorists-taking-over-a-boarding-school romp, the film stars the likes of Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, R Lee Ermey, Lou Gossett Jr and many more.

Naturally the boys fight back, led by Astin’s Billy Tepper – with bad boy Billy having issues with authority and then having him and his rag-tag friends be placed into a situation like this may seem obscene, but I think it’s an interesting concept. It’s the stuff that young adults of the time would dream of doing, saving their friends and being the cool kid but it all comes at a price that unfortunately he learns all too well.

Veteran bad guy Andrew Divoff is on hand to take care of villain duties, with the whole thing revolving around the mafia, hostage taking and all that guff.

There were a few moments that did seem a bit off, a bit of bad lip sync for certain scenes and I believe I watched one of the assault team at the end trip over as he left the helicopter but nothing is perfect, if anything I believe it adds to the film, everything seems very chaotic and it pulls it all off very well.

Funny, dramatic and with a real 90s charm, director Daniel Petrie Jr’s effort has plenty to reminisce over, yet is comfortably capable of satisfying today’s audience.

It definitely gets the thumbs-up from me – part Die Hard, part the Goonies and even part Goodfellas, Toy Soldiers comes thoroughly recommended.

DVD Review: Toy Soldiers
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