Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Pound of Flesh

Fans have anticipated Pound of Flesh for quite some time. Being a lifelong fan myself, of Jean-Claude Van Damme and many others involved in the project, the setup was intriguing for pretty much any genre fan. Following plenty of publicity surrounding the film, including JCVD’s appearance on Conan (re-enacting his legendary Kickboxer dance here) the film has finally arrived. In China to donate a kidney to his dying niece, Deacon (Van Damme), a former black-ops agent, wakes the day before the operation to find he …

Skin Trade Arrives

This is one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Long in development and with various personnel changes along the way, Dolph Lundgren‘s passion project was evolving as early as 2007 with the Big Swede penning the script and originally down to direct until he handed over the reigns, steering the ship as writer/producer. And incidentally, for anyone drawing parallels to Taken, Dolph actually wrote the script before the Liam Neeson actioner was made, inspired by an article he read on human …

Steven Seagal’s Mercenary: Absolution

With the release of Steven Seagal‘s latest movie, Mercenary: Absolution, I took the opportunity to not only catch the big man’s new flick, but willfully digress a little into my fascination with all things Steven. I’ve always had a soft spot for Steven Seagal movies. Most fans will agree there are those classics that everyone mentions (Nico, Out For Justice, Under Siege) and then, in more recent years, a very mixed bag of the awful (Attack Force, Flight of Fury) to …

Midnight Run arrives on Blu-ray

The classic 1988 road movie, Midnight Run, makes its much awaited arrival on Blu-ray for the very first time. Never missing out on the chance to revisit an all-time favourite, this new release comes with a range of brand new extras including newly filmed interviews with the cast and crew, giving fresh perspective on the making of a much-overlooked modern classic. For fans of this buddy comedy/road movie gem, this version presents the best opportunity to catch it in all its glory. For anyone who never saw the …

Jason Momoa on the Road to Paloma

I’m a big fan of Jason Momoa. The star of Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones and Bullet to the Head has more than proven his acting and action chops and played an interesting range of roles throughout his career, from heroes, villains, barbarians, even warriors with a vulnerable side. Plus, the props he’s received from action teams like 87Eleven really cements the image of true, hardworking talent. It’s great to see someone with that mindset and work ethic doing so well and it …

Terracotta’s Classic Kung Fu Collection

Terracotta Distribution is going from strength to strength with the next release in their relatively new “Classic Kung Fu Collection” already announced. The label has been filling something of a void right now, unearthing forgotten gems from the vaults of late night Kung Fu cinema, and in some cases giving these titles official DVD releases for the very first time! Previous releases include Hero of Shaolin (starring Alexander Lo Rei) and The Shanghai 13 (starring Jimmy Wang Yu and Andy Lau). The third title …

Remembering Mortal Kombat: Conquest

The long awaited TV series which ran between 1998-99 gets a complete series DVD release in 2015. Great news for Mortal Kombat fans. The original Mortal Kombat: Conquest series, which acted as a prequel to the MK mythology popularised in the video games and earlier movies, starred a wide range of talent including Paolo Montalbán, Daniel Bernhardt and Kristanna Loken. Plus, world-famous stunt and fight coordinator J.J. Perry played Sub-Zero in a couple of episodes, offering a rare chance to see …

Cung Le delivers A Certain Justice

I’ve been a big fan of Cung Le for quite some time. From his prolific career in the Octagon to his gradual transition to the screen a few years back, he has demonstrated a natural charisma that draws on his best elements as a fighter and performer. From supporting roles in the likes of Bodyguards and Assassins, True Legend and The Man with the Iron Fists, to recent leads in fight films like Dragon Eyes and A Certain Justice (the …

When action runs In The Blood

Action star and Mixed Martial Arts icon Gina Carano is back in her latest asskicking venture, In The Blood. The film marks her first feature since Fast & Furious 6 and her first lead since Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. On the latter subject, this story and theme takes her back to the tough, no-holds-barred role she delivered so well in earlier work and, again, promises a setup which promptly lets her off the leash to brutally punish the bad guys! In …

Get Pumped for Generation Iron

I’ve been waiting a long time for this. Being a huge fan of the original Pumping Iron, the first trailer for Generation Iron promised more of the same… over 30 years since the original was first released! This concept, alone, was nothing short of a treat for fans. The original film introduced the world to a charismatic, charming young bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger who nurtured a crazy dream to become an actor. To this day, the film is well loved as a …

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist has landed

The long-awaited Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist has just landed and fans have been eager to see the results. Following the Street Fighter: Legacy short film released in 2010, this series has been years in the making and a genuine passion project for the development team of creatives Joey Ansah and Christian Howard, and producer Jacqueline Quella. Based on the popular video game series by Capcom, fans have been craving a faithful adaptation for years and have sadly been let down time …

Drive Hard to write full throttle action

Chad and Evan Law are a pair of talented brothers and the awesome writing team behind some of my favourite (and I feel strongest) DVD action movies in recent years, including Hero Wanted, The Hit List, One in the Chamber, Six Bullets and the forthcoming Daylight’s End. They recently worked on a new feature called Drive Hard, which we’ll discuss in a moment. Their writing is tight, well structured and takes screenplays in an ambitious direction most lower budget action projects avoid altogether and …

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