Tag: Martial Arts

Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story/Police Story 2

Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story/Police Story 2

| April 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

On April 16, 2013, Shout! Factory will release the second of their Jackie Chan Double Features, following January’s double feature of Crime Story (1993) and The Protector (1985). In this sophomore release, Shout! brings the first two installments of Jackie Chan’s Police Story series together on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Whereas, as I […]

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Woochi the Demon Slayer

Woochi the Demon Slayer

| April 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

I was amazed by the sheer epic scope of Korean writer-director Dong-Hoon Choi’s 2006 feature, Tazza: The High Rollers, when I covered its DVD release in September of last year. More recently, upon the Blu-ray release of his 2012 picture, The Thieves, I declared that the film “may just be perfect,” going to quite some […]

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Jackie Chan Double Feature: Crime Story/The Protector

Jackie Chan Double Feature: Crime Story/The Protector

| January 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

This double feature Blu-ray from Shout! Factory showcases two Jackie Chan pictures produced through China’s Golden Harvest Company. The first of these, 1993’s Crime Story, from director Kirk Wong (The Big Hit), is based on true events surrounding the kidnapping of a billionaire and the daring rescue orchestrated by Hong Kong police, headed in the […]

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Kill ‘Em All

Kill ‘Em All

| December 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Raimund Huber loves to make films that outright steal ideas and premises that make other films work. In Freerunner, which Huber wrote, he borrowed heavily from Kinji Fukusaku’s Battle Royale, to make an entertaining, yet mindless, parkour action film. With his latest film, Kill ‘Em All, Huber manages to take the situation of Saw, mixed […]

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One in the Chamber

One in the Chamber

| August 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Anchor Bay has released on Blu-ray and DVD One in the Chamber, an excellent B-actioner that just barely misses the A mark.  Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Ray Carver, an assassin hired by the Russian mafia to eliminate several high-profile targets on the opposite side of a gang war.  As he tries to complete his […]

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The Sword Identity

The Sword Identity

| August 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Xu Haofeng’s The Sword Identity is one of the most visually arresting Wu Xia films I have ever seen. While Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Zhang Yimou’s Hero are two films that would probably come to mind when thinking along these lines, yet The Sword Identity is very much far removed from that […]

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The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption

| August 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

In 2011, Welsh director Gareth Evans brought the traditional Indonesian martial art of pencak silat to world cinema in his intense actioner, The Raid (Serbuan Maut). For The Raid, Evans teamed up with star/fight choreographer Iko Uwais, who had previously starred in Evan’s 2009 film, Merantau. Together, the team produced easily one of the most […]

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The Delta Force

The Delta Force

| June 28, 2012 | 1 Comments

In the Chuck Norris canon, the Missing in Action films, Lone Wolf McQuade, and, on a good day, Invasion U.S.A. are the only titles people seem to remember.  Having battled Bruce Lee in the Roman Colosseum and having made being a Texas Ranger the coolest job in law enforcement, many of Norris’ other action triumphs […]

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Missing in Action/Missing in Action 2

Missing in Action/Missing in Action 2

| June 28, 2012 | 1 Comments

With the cult of Chuck Norris still flourishing, MGM is setting out to debut on Blu-ray some of the action icon’s most beloved films, and in the first batch released earlier this month, his blockbuster Vietnam films Missing in Action and Missing in Action 2: The Beginning are expectedly the main attractions.  Filmed back-to-back (but […]

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