"WARNER's EXTREME ACTION offers four examples of early to mid 1990s action films, including two by a couple of the genre's biggest stars: Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
ERASER-- Witness Protection specialist with unorthodox ways is set up as the "bad guy" by corrupt co-workers. Arnold benefits from an excellent supporting cast.
THE LAST BOY SCOUT-- Ex-Secret Servicman turned detective buddies up with a former football QB whose girlfriend is murdered; a woman the private eye was hired to protect. Authored by "Lethal Weapon" scripter Shane Black, the film's last scene suggests a sequel-- perhaps the lack of on-screen chemistry between Willis and Wayans precluded that from happening.
PASSENGER 57-- Terrorist and his cohorts hijack a plane carrying an undercover security expert. (Originally intended as a Stallone vehicle.)
POINT OF NO RETURN-- A female drug addict condemed to die for a violent crime is recruited as a government assassin.
SYLVESTER STALLONE: 4 FILM FAVORITES is the ideal companion to this action movie 4-fer.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(5.6) Point of No Return (1993) - Bridget Fonda/Gabriel Byrne/Delbert Mulroney/Anne Bancroft/Harvey Keitel/Michael Rapaport"
Extreme Action: 4 Film Favorites
Joshua Hansen | Nevada, TX | 07/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All 4 of these films are anamorphic widescreen presentations on 2 flipper discs. The picture quality is the same as the individually released titles. Zero special features, but you do get 4 great 90's action flix in 1 bundle, saving me much needed room on my already overflowing DVD shelves."
You Can't Go Wrong
Willy D. Reviewer | San Francisco,CA | 12/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You are considering this DVD because you are an action lover.
Stop reading and buy it used. You won't be disappointed."
Brenda G. Hall | Fort Washington, MD United States | 07/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like action movies...you'll love this DVD. I wanted it for the Last Boy Scout (which is terrific) and Passenger 57 (just 'cause I like Snipes); but was surprised by Point of No Return (pretty good). I'm not a big Arnold fan (but a good throw in).
You should enjoy it!"
Wow... With One Exception, this pairing is just badness.
James Donnelly | Arizona | 02/08/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"THE LAST BOY SCOUT, is in my opinion, one of the best straight-up action films ever made. Shane Black's script is hilarious, and Wayans actually can pull off the mismatched partner role. The film, directed by Tony Scott, is so over-the-top balls-out testosterone-fueled that it puts most of the films of this genre to shame. And Bruce Willis as Joe Hallenbeck is one of the coolest good guys ever. The set pieces are well-done, and the plot is so terrifically contrived that it's a super-duper cheesefest that harkens back to some of the great bad action films of the 80's. "Hey, Milo... where ya callin' from, the bottom of the pool?"
However, the rest of these films are so awful that they defy belief that someone ever greenlighted them. ERASER is just so incredibly dull and uninteresting that not even Schwarzenegger's tough-guy charm can help ease the pain. PASSENGER 57 is the film that unfortunately rocketed Wesley Snipes to 'Name Above The Title' stardom, when he worked so much better in smaller roles in smaller films. Watch him in THE WATERDANCE or KING OF NEW YORK if you want to see Wesley in good films and good performances.
And then there's POINT OF NO RETURN, an almost shot-for-shot American remake of Luc Besson's brilliant spy-thriller LA FEMME NIKITA. Where NIKITA had the likes of Anne Parrilaud, Tcheky Karyo, Jean-Hughes Anglade and Jean Reno, POINT OF NO RETURN gets Bridget Fonda and Dermot Mulroney, two of the worst and most charmless actors to ever appear on screen, and Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel totally phoning in their performances. POINT OF NO RETURN is not just a really awful Americanized remake, but it's a film that was so pathetic, it's one of the few films I've ever walked out on. For me, it ranks amongst the 5 worst films ever made.
Just buy THE LAST BOY SCOUT on its own and save your money and time on watching the rest of them."