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Blu-ray Review – Death Warrant (1990)

Death Warrant, 1990.

Directed by Deran Serafian.

Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cynthia Gibb, Art Lafleur, Patrick Kilpatrick, Robert Guillaume, Joshua John Miller, George Dickerson, Conrad Dunn and Abdul Salaam El Razzac.

Synopsis:

A French Canadian cop goes undercover in a violent prison to investigate the deaths of several inmates but soon uncovers a plan to harvest human organs.

1990’s Death Warrant is often overlooked in the much-celebrated early (i.e. pre-Street Fighter) career of Jean-Claude Van Damme but thankfully the good folk at 101 Films have seen fit to give it a Blu-ray release to sit alongside their recent reissues of Black Eagle and A.W.O.L., which is a good chance to give this film another look.

French Canadian cop Louis Burke (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is on the trail of a serial killer known as The Sandman (Patrick KilpatrickClass of 1999), whom he tracks into a derelict building and
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Blu-ray Review – Black Eagle (1988)

Black Eagle, 1988.

Directed by Eric Karson.

Starring Shô Kosugi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Doran Clark, Bruce French, Gene Davis and Vladimir Skomarovsky.

Synopsis:

A top CIA agent investigates a Us military plane that has crashed somewhere over Europe but comes face to face with Soviet agents operating in the area.

Much like the 1986 The Karate Kid knock-off No Retreat, No Surrender, Black Eagle wasn’t always a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie; it was a movie that just happened to feature The Muscles from Brussels, albeit briefly, in a secondary role and before he was a huge star. The real star of Black Eagle is Shô Kosugi, a name that may not mean much to those not into 1980s martial arts movie but to many the man is an action film legend, appearing in such Cannon Films classics as Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and the hilariously naff yet brilliant Ninja III: The Domination.
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Ranking Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Boss Fights

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One of the most important parts of any action movie made before the new millennium is the so-called “boss fight.” For the uninitiated, a boss fight is the ultimate showdown between good and evil. After all the henchmen and various other obstacles-with-limbs have been cleared away, it’s time to get it on with the Big Bad.

Ever since Bruce Lee fought Han and his iron claw in that hall of mirrors at the end of Enter The Dragon, the merit of any martial arts film has largely been judged by its main adversary. And Jean-Claude Van Damme’s filmography is no different.

Running the gamut from muscle-bound pulverisers with nothing between the ears to corrupt businessmen with a penchant for picking the absolute worst Belgium to mess with, Van Damme has spin kicked just about every type of bad guy imaginable.

This article will focus on the
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‘Enemies Closer’ Review

Stars: Tom Everett Scott, Orlando Jones, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Linzey Cocker, Christopher Robbie, Zahary Baharov, Dimo Alexiev, Kristopher Van Varenberg | Written by Eric Bromberg, James Bromberg | Directed by Peter Hyams

After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the Us-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy Seal Henry (Everett Scott) is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel, led by the ruthless killer Xander (Van Damme), forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay (Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of Xander and his ruthless gang who will stop at nothing to retrieve their lost cargo.

Another film in
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Q & A with Sheldon Lettich By Marco A. S. Freitas (Guest Post)

Born in the Big Apple in january of 1951, Sheldon Lettich moved with his family to the West Coast at a young age. After finishing High School, he joined the Marine Corps, serving his country for four years, one of them as a Radio Operator in Vietnam.

Partially based upon his experiences in Southeast Asia, he co-authored Tracers, a play seen in the Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and London stages, to great acclaim; It subsequently won the prestigious Drama Desk and L.A. Drama Critics Awards.

The writing of screenplays seemed like a natural progression and his writing eventually began attracting the attention of many Hollywood producers.

Since then, Lettich has become known as expert in testosterone-driven action extravaganzas, many of the films starring some of the silver screen´s best-loved slugfest protagonists: Sylvester Stallone (Sheldon shared screenwriting credit with Sly in the third cinematic episode of the Rambo series,
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Six Of The Best – Films from the Cast of the Expendables

The Expendables are back in cinemas this month – more muscles, more mayhem, moderate self-awareness.

Part of the appeal of the franchise (can we call it that now?) is that it harks back to how we first got to know a lot of these actors – ridiculous, one-man-army plots, explosions, guns, one-liners and frankly, lots of fun.

Since the sort of guff a lot of these guys churned out around the 80′s (Raw Deal, Over the Top, Cobra, The Punisher, Dark Angel, Code of Silence, Lone Wolf McQuade, Kickboxer, Awol, Red Sonja, Black Eagle etc), they have mostly gone on to bigger and better(?) things. But there is a place for celebrating where these guys have come from, especially since they are playing on that background in gathering them together now.

Rather than try to look back at the critical high points of some of the Expendables (that would be a very
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Assassination Games – DVD Review

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Vincent (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a highly-paid and thoroughly ruthless assassin. Roland Flint (Scott Adkins) was an undercover agent, caught by the villainous Polo (Ivan Kaye) and forced to watch while his beloved wife was gang-raped and then beaten into a coma from which she has yet to awaken. Flint has disappeared with his wife and millions of dollars that had been amassed by corrupt Interpol agents and they want it back. They arrange to have Polo released from prison to flush him out, hoping to either bag Flint themselves, or get Vincent to do it. Flint and Vincent wind up getting in each other’s way, before deciding to team up. Vincent’s in it for the money, Flint just wants revenge.

*****

I spent so very much of my teen years soaking up Jcvd efforts. Awol, Death Warrant, Double Impact, Sudden Death, Nowhere to Run, Universal Soldier, Black Eagle,
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