Close to perfection
David Brashear | 03/07/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This set is a must for hardcore Van Damme fans. It contains Hard Target, Lionheart, Sudden Death, and The Quest. This set also replaces another, now out of print, Van Damme quadruple feature. That set contained Hard Target, Street Fighter, The Quest, and Timecop.
So what makes this new set worthwhile? Well, although none of the titles in this set are new to dvd, two of them have better presentations than their standalone versions. First off, The Quest is available in anamorphic widescreen (the standalone version is non-anamorphic). Secondly, and perhaps even more noteworthy, is the inclusion of an anamorphic widescreen version of Sudden Death. Up until now, the only way to see this underrated gem in widescreen was on laserdisc. Every American dvd release of this has had an atrocious pan and scan transfer. In my opinion, these two presentations make the set a must have.
The only disappointing thing about this release is the presentation for Lionheart -- it's the same "full frame" transfer/stereo sound mix Universal has been using for years. This movie really deserves better. Unfortunately, the fact that they've re-mastered pretty much every other Van Damme movie they own besides this one tells me one thing: don't hold your breath waiting for a better version."
Excellent collection, yet a few complaints...
Leif Sheppard | United States | 02/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jean Claude Van Damme. The man who can, among a myriad of other things, punch through a car window without the slightest laceration. The man who can take a bullet to the head and recover in a better frame of mind than before. The man who can defeat Kevin Costner for the most bare butt scenes in his films. Truly a god among men, Van Damme has both entertained and repulsed us for over two decades now.
Suffice it to say that I'm a major Van Damme fan, but what I love even more is saving money with these multi-disc sets! The four films here are spread across two single-sided discs, giving you over six hours of Van Damme doing what he does best - white knuckled, adrenaline pumping action! Oh yeah, and they typically have some semblance of a plot thrown in there somewhere.
HARD TARGET is my personal favorite of the films presented here, both because of its excellent premise lifted from the famous short story "The Most Dangerous Game" and its outstanding cast. Aside from Van Damme, we have the legendary Lance Henriksen and the old oats-hawker himself - Wilford Brimley.
Despite the file compression (two films crammed onto each disc), the films are entirely watchable though the picture quality is a bit below what we typically expect from a DVD. The films generally appear as if you're watching them on cable television, as the picture is a bit grainy with the occasional scratch here and there.
Also of special note is that while all the other films are presented in widescreen, LIONHEART is inexplicably presented here in fullscreen. Not a big problem for me, because while I always prefer widescreen, I certainly don't watch Van Damme films for their cinematography. . ."
"The Name Is Dobbs. Lord Dobbs." James Bond Meets Van Damme.
HAMLET | 06/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
Jean Claude Van Damme (who also wrote & directed) and Roger Moore (a former James Bond) star in this surprisingly PG-13 action-adventure film. Not as good as the others in this collection, though.
Jean Claude Van Damme stars in this action/suspense thriller from director Peter Hyams ("Timecop"). Powers Booth co-stars. Very well written. Arguably the best film in this collection, along with "Hard Target."
Inexplicably in fullscreen, this hard hitting actioner stars Jean Claude Van Damme.
This John Woo directed action thriller stars Jean Claude Van Damme, Arnold Vosloo (who would later play "The Mummy" & "The Mummy Returns") and Lance Henriksen (a police detective in "The Terminator"). Very good action thriller. My only complaints were that about 20 minutes have been cut from the film AND the graphic shot of a snake biting a villain is too damn gruesome, even for me."
Its awesome, and okay!!
Michael A. Galbreath | phoenix,arizona | 06/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All 4 movies are fantastic, I do love them and thank you amazon.com, thats why I love shopping through you amazon.com"