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Bloodsport(Blu-ray) (FSK 18)

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Squaring him off against martial artist/body-builder Bolo Yeung for the film's climax was a stroke of genius because not only was it guaranteed to resonate with viewers who would remember Yueng's appearance in Bruce Lee's, Enter the Dragon, but it would be hard to imagine any red-blooded fan of action cinema not wanting to see two such behemoths face-off. Back at the hotel, Dux and Jackson find Janice Kent trying to get a story on the Kumite from one of the participants, a Mid-Eastern fighter named Hossein (Bernard Mariano). While Van Damme is a much better actor than he was when he made Bloodsport, Director Hyams takes no chances, tailoring the part for his abilities and ensuring that an action sequence erupts every eight to ten minutes before things can start to drag too much. Most of these are during the old timey sequences, either the Civil War sequence at the beginning or a prolonged action sequence set in Prohibition Era Chicago. The Kumite participants resume training and sparring, except for one-- a large, burly Chinese man named Chong Li (Bolo Yeung) who is not impressed, warning Dux, "Bricks don't hit back.

Knowing they cannot take Dux hand to hand, Helmer disgustedly enters the arena with Rawlins and Janice to observe the final bouts, hoping they do not have to scrape Dux up off the floor. Timecop' is a more full, but that may just because of the variety of the sequences in 'Timecop' – like the aforementioned western and gangster sequences – while 'Bloodsport' is pretty doggedly committed to the sound of people walloping each other. Each movie suffers from wonky skin tones (in both movies the humans seem to take on a George Hamilton-esque orange tint), to weak black levels, and excessive amounts of grain. Lin goes up to Dux and admonishes him to forget Janice, as well as Jackson's injury and also about revenge.While in Hong Kong, Dux befriends a rowdy American fighter named Ray Jackson (Gibb) and a reporter named Janice Kent (Ayres). Chong Li tries to throw Dux off by pushing the referee into him, but Dux, grabbing a handful of the ref's tunic, recognizes the ploy and carefully eases the referee behind him. We're really here to discuss 'Timecop,' a movie that I found absolutely befuddling this time around.

The fight choreography is not at the level of the best Hong Kong films of the time, but it was a lot better than what American viewers were used to seeing in Hollywood action films. It is very much in the vein of other 90s action movies, and the intended levels of operatic bombast will have the appropriate house-shaking/neighbor-waking effect with nary a hint of distortion if played anywhere near reference volume level. Dux and Janice are talking as they take a walk, and Janice tells Dux about her ambition to get a story on the Kumite, which she describes as 'a cockfight, except with people.com is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Pay4Later Limited, trading as Deko, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 728646). For the most part, the tricky lighting is handled well by the folks working the telecine and video compression nobs, but there are a few instances during the darkest scenes where there seems to be some contrast banding visible in otherwise nearly pitch black areas of the screen.

Bloodsport approximates the film's original theatrical aspect ratio by filling the entire 16:9 enhanced screen. Why, exactly, 'Bloodsport,' the so-cheesy-it's-still-cheesy action flick that has somehow garnered a cult reputation, and 'Timecop,' an ambitious if not-exactly-successful comic book adaptation, are on the same disc isn't made explicitly clear, beyond the link of main star Jean-Claude Van Damme. A more suitable double-feature bill, I would argue, would be 'Timecop' and 'Hard Target,' since they were both released by Universal and produced, oddly enough, by filmmaker Sam Raimi. Disc Limited Collector's Edition, Mediabook with Film in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision for the first time, HDR10+ and HDR10 on UHD Blu-ray and in High Definition on Blu-ray.The lossless encoding actually makes instances of awkward balance between dialog, music and effects and obvious post-sync dialog even more noticeable than they might otherwise be.

Chong Li fights Parades, whose longer reach lets him land various combination punches that jar Chong Li. After getting past them, he finds Helmer and Rawlins waiting at the doors to the arena with Chen and Janice. Inside a hidden Hong Kong arena, elite combatants clash in the Kumite, the little-known but hotly contested world championship of full-contact fighting. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants. No Westerner had ever won this titanic tournament - until iron-willed American Frank Dux entered it.that led to his later hiring for the film, watching an early cut, assigning different "themes" to specific characters, and much more.

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