Jackie Chan’s Police Story Box Set on Blu-ray

Action and martial arts movie fans have been spoiled once again as Jackie Chan‘s classic Police Story and Police Story 2 drops on UK Blu-ray for the first time, presented from awesome new 4K restorations… Jackie Chan is one-in-a-million and second-to-none for his totally unique, stunt-fuelled brand of action-comedy, with an immense and almost immeasurable body of work. Following his varied but flourishing kung fu output of the 1970’s, finding his feet and voice, his work arguably reached another benchmark during the …

Iron Monkey, A Classic Reborn

Surprisingly, some of us are still reminding people that long before Donnie Yen was rocking Hollywood in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, he was already a legend setting the bar high in his versatile period kung fu and modern action work. Often teamed with notable collaborators, these forged some truly great movies, especially with legendary filmmaker Yuen Woo-ping. Going back quite a few years, these included early highlights like Drunken Tai Chi, Tiger …

Adkins and Johnson team on a roll with The Debt Collector

The latest collaboration between leading man Scott Adkins and writer/director Jesse V. Johnson (following Savage Dog, Accident Man, Triple Threat, and Pit Fighter if you count the latter for Adkins’ cameo), The Debt Collector is another winner and refreshingly different at the same time. It may have also become my new favourite film from both men’s respective careers… In addition to Adkins and Johnson, I’ve been a huge fan of co-star Louis Mandylor since The Quest, Martial Law, and his lesser known …

Accident Man is one of Scott Adkins’ best yet

Ever since Brit action star Scott Adkins announced plans to adapt his dream project for the screen, and planned to co-write, produce and star, action fans were keen to see the results. First printed in early 1990’s comic Toxic! – based on a character from a series of strips by Pat Mills (Judge Dredd) and Tony Skinner – Accident Man makes for highly original source material. As a starter, it gave Adkins and co-writer Stu Smalls a blank filmic canvas from which …

Re:Born hits hard in the UK

Re:Born starring Tak Sakaguchi (Versus, Yakuza Weapon) and directed by Yuji Shinomura had its UK premiere at the The Fighting Spirit Film Festival in 2017 followed by Eureka Entertainment’s 2018 home release. Immediately below is my original write-up after seeing the film on the big screen, followed by my thoughts on re-visiting the action on Blu-ray. So what’s Re:Born? For those familiar with Tak’s work, Re:Born‘s early trailers teased a return to his tough, full-contact style of action which puts both himself and his …

The Martial Arts Kid is Back

With The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback in the works, it’s the perfect opportunity to revisit the original film, before exploring the sequel and its newly launched Indiegogo campaign below. The original film, The Martial Arts Kid is a Karate Kid themed tale following rebellious teen Robbie (Jansen Panettiere) who has various run-ins with the law. He soon moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida to live with his Aunt Cindy (Cynthia Rothrock) and Uncle Glen (Don “The Dragon” Wilson) who also teach martial arts. …

Hard Times still packs a punch

Walter Hill has moulded an amazing career. He enjoyed a successful start as a screenwriter on classic films like The Getaway, and re-writing and producing Alien. It would always be a natural progression to ultimately direct a self-penned project. This would become 1975’s Hard Times. As the ‘maverick’ director responsible for The Warriors, Streets of Fire, 48 Hours, Southern Comfort and Extreme Prejudice, to name a few, each and every film stands out and there are simply too many greats to list. I recommend any serious movie fan to check out his work. He remains my …

Drunken Master on Blu-ray

In 1978, legendary filmmaker and choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (known in mainstream circles later for The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and action star Jackie Chan shook up the industry with two surprise hits, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master, redefining action filmmaking in the process. The much-loved classic Drunken Master arrives on UK Blu-ray for the first time, as fresh and dynamic as ever and a real joy to revisit. Breaking away from being dismissed as another Bruce Lee clone, these new films established Chan’s now-famous slapstick action/comedy …

Eric Jacobus is back in Blindsided

I’ve been a big fan of Eric Jacobus for a long time: both his solo projects and team-efforts with his kickass stunt troupe, The Stunt People. I also interviewed him at length for my book Life of Action and he remains an incredibly creative filmmaker, actor and stunt performer. Despite more mainstream work in the likes of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, A Good Day to Die Hard and ABCs of Death 2, he is most inventive through his indie action output. In his new action short, Blindsided, our unlikely …

Discovering Jino Kang

I recently discovered the work of martial artist, actor and filmmaker Jino Kang and wanted to share some thoughts. If you’re an old time fan of 1970’s and 80’s Kung Fu flicks, his work is a fun throwback, particularly for nostalgic nuts like me. Kang was born in South Korea and immigrated to San Francisco with his parents during the 1970’s. As I’ve discovered SF now plays a major backdrop in his films, evidently close to his heart. Today he runs a …

Blood Orange drops on DVD

Indie neo-noir Blood Orange is a taut and quietly tense thriller with a scene-stealing turn from music legend and Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop in (remarkably) his first ever lead. Heading up a strong cast of only four, the movie is delivered in style by debut writer/director Toby Tobias. Bill (Pop) is an ageing, half-blind, shotgun-wielding rock star who lives in a secluded Spanish villa with his promiscuous wife Isabelle (Kacey Clarke, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Green Street 3). Out of the blue, her bitter ex-flame Lucas (Ben …

Three Days of the Condor on Blu-ray

Hollywood legends Robert Redford and director Sydney Pollack teamed up for their third collaboration, Three Days of the Condor, which incredibly gets its first ever home video release in the UK, presented as part of the Masters of Cinema series. First released in 1975, it’s a tense conspiracy tale of deceit and corruption and a great example of classic 70’s American cinema. Adapted from a novel by James Grady, Redford stars as Joe Turner, a junior analyst in the CIA who spends his days scrutinising published …

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