Posts Tagged ‘Dolph Lundgren’

This week’s releases include: a possessed house; a secret section of history; the second chapter of an adult animation; a holiday picture; a vengeful Death; a medieval sequel; a classic novel committed to film; a surprise visit from the stork; the forlorn find happiness; a super dysfunctional family; a radical couple; and a zombie sideshow. (more…)

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This week’s releases include: woolly vengeance; an old school action flick; an over-the-top family; a biopic; an amusing story of an unlucky guy; a sexy anthology; a memorable musical; revisiting a classic science fiction franchise; a multifaceted coming-of-age story; a flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll picture; and a life awakening. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a slasher sequel; a dark, cyberpunk future; a political docudrama; an historical trek through South America; an eccentric family’s opening season; a police mystery; a fantastic mandated job; and a physical odyssey. (more…)

The Expendables at workThese guys have been individually kicking ass with razing explosions igniting the scenes behind them for 30 years – give or take. Who better to unite three generations of action heroes on screen than the original punching bag, Sylvester Stallone.

They are the Expendables: leader and mastermind Barney Ross (Stallone), former SAS blade expert Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), hand-to-hand combat specialist Yin Yang (Jet Li), long barrel weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), demolitions expert Toll Road (Randy Couture), and precision sniper Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren).  Living life in the fringes of the law, these hardened, highly skilled mercenaries take on what appears to be a routine assignment: a covert, CIA-funded operation to infiltrate the South American country of Vilena and overthrow its ruthless dictator General Garza (David Zayas).  But when their job is revealed to be a suicide mission, the men are faced with a deadly choice – one that might redeem their souls or destroy their brotherhood forever.

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It’s been almost 20 years since Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren took the screen together as revived super soldiers, created through government experiments, hell-bent on killing each other. Finally reunited, they reprise their roles in Universal Soldier: Regeneration.

Luc Devereaux (Van Damme) has been placed in a rehabilitation program in an attempt to resurrect his humanity. In the meantime, the government created a new, better generation of super soldiers that is even more unstoppable – he is the NGU (Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski). A rogue scientist has sold the services of the NGU to a group of Russian terrorists that are threatening to blow up Chernobyl’s nuclear station. With no other options, Luc is re-enlisted to stop the killing machine while Andrew Scott (Lundgren) is employed as a “fail safe.”

If you’ve seen the first Universal Soldier, then you can expect more of the same – gun fights, incredible feats of strength and superhuman resilience. They draw lots of blood, throw each other through walls and just keep going and going. The film provides all the necessary background information for those that have not seen any of its predecessors, but it’s a whole new story that doesn’t rely on any previous character development.

Both Van Damme and Lundgren have moments of vague emotion as the older models evolve, but Arlovski is a fully functioning model with no feelings and little to say; this behaviour is fitting for the UFC fighter as he appears to be capable of little more than short answers and combat. On the other hand, the elder pair has improved their acting abilities since 1992. Van Damme was encouraged to reprise the role after the affirmative reception of JCVD.

Special features include: commentary with director John Hyams and Lundgren; and a “Behind the Lines” featurette.


The once invisible beads of sweat that sheath Rocky’s and Apollo’s gloves as they exchange blows. The flecks of saliva that fly from the Russian’s mouth as he hits the mat. These were the tiny details missing from the Rocky collective experience, but the Blu-ray release of the six-film box set has changed all that.

Rocky is the ultimate underdog story written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. Struggling to survive, Rocky (Stallone) is given the golden opportunity to fight the heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). The five sequels that followed included a championship re-match, the overcoming of self-limiting fears, endless demonstrations of passion and strength, and workout montages that leave viewers in awe. Rocky is supported and thwarted by fantastically thought-out characters, including his wife Adrian (Talia Shire), her brother Paulie (Burt Young) and his tough as nails manager (Burgess Meredith). Even Mr. T got in on the fight in the third installment.

This is a collection every movie lover should own rather than rely on television broadcasts of the films. A bonus disc includes over three hours of special features: a three-part “making of” documentary; a behind the scenes featurette; three boxing featurettes; tributes to Meredith and James Crabe; video commentary with Stallone; Interview with a Legend: Bert Sugar; Stallone’s appearance on Dinah!; and an exclusive to Blu-ray interactive game: Feeling Strong Now!.