Mar 182016
 

I will give Mill Creek some credit for churning out these catalogue titles, especially ones, such as Double Team, Sony wouldn’t even think of releasing on Blu-ray, and with a bargain basement price of $15, and cheaper buying on Amazon, it’s not a bad deal at $2-3/movie.

 

 

Jean-Claude Van Damme: 5 Movie Collection
(1996-2006)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Action
Mill Creek Entertainment | R – 481 min. – $14.98 | March 15, 2016

Date Published: 03/18/2016 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO (MAXIMUM RISK):
Directed by:
Ringo Lam
Writer(s): Larry Ferguson (written by)
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge

MOVIE INFO (DOUBLE TEAM):
Directed by:
Hark Tsui
Writer(s): Don Jakoby (story), Don Jakoby and Paul Mones (screenplay)
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke

MOVIE INFO (UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN):
Directed by:
Mic Rodgers
Writer(s): Richard Rothstein & Christopher Leitch and Dean Devlin (characters), William Malone & John Fasano (written by)
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, Bill Goldberg, Xander Berkeley

MOVIE INFO (THE HARD CORPS):
Directed by:
Sheldon Lettich
Writer(s): Sheldon Lettich & George Saunders (written by)
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vivica A. Fox

MOVIE INFO (SECOND IN COMMAND):
Directed by:
Simon Fellows
Writer(s): Jonathan Bowers & David L. Corley and Milton Bearden (story), Jonathan Bowers & David L. Corley and Jayson Rothwell (screenplay)
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Cox

DISC INFO:
Features:
None
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85/2.35
Subtitles: None
Disc Size: NA
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

THE MOVIES

MAXIMUM RISK

Retired French soldier Alain Moreau (VAN DAMME) never knew he had a brother, much less a twin, until he found him lying dead on the streets of his hometown. To solve his murder, he takes to the streets of New York and heads into the arms of his brother’s girlfriend while being pursued by ruthless Russian mobsters and renegade FBI agents.

DOUBLE TEAM

They’re a lethal combination. Jack Quinn (VAN DAMME) is a world-class counter terrorist. His unlikely partner, weapons specilist Yaz (DENNIS RODMAN), is a free spirit. They don’t belong to any army and they don’t play by the rules in an explosive, high-tech ride!

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN

Luc Deveraux (VAN DAMME) is about to be thrown into action once again. When a supercomputer-controlled ultra-warrior decides to take revenge and destroy its creators, only Luc can stop it. All hell breaks loose as he battles “S.E.T.H.” and a deadly team of perfect soldiers in a struggle of man vs. machine and good against evil.

THE HARD CORPS

A Special Forces soldier is hired by a retired World Heavyweight Champion to protect him from a powerful thug he put behind bars and was released from prison. Vengeance won’t come easy for this ex-con when Van Damme and team are ready to wage war.

SECOND IN COMMAND

When insurgents attempt a coup d’etat, the President of an Eastern European nation takes refuge inside the American Embassy. Now it’s up to Van Damme and the embassy’s small detachment of U.S. Marines to fend off the attackers.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5

The 5 movies are spread across 2 discs. No features were included, not even any submenus.

 


VIDEO – 2.75/5

The quality between the five movies doesn’t greatly vary. Although each film gets a 1080p high-definition transfers, the older movies, particularly Maximum Drive and Double Team, are a tad rough with what appears to be over-sharpening in some spots and detail isn’t the best. The others look OK however nothing noteworthy and between the five, colors aren’t the brightest and can come across a bit drab, particularly on Second in Command where it’s basically non-existent.

 

AUDIO – 2.5/5

Each film comes with a woefully underwhelming Dolby Digital Stereo track and in a couple of cases, Maximum Drive, Universal Soldier: The Return and Second in Command, received lossless tracks (and SIC was released at one point through Mill Creek with a DTS-HD MA track), so for those three titles the audio is certainly a downgrade. As it is, though, they’re adequate enough but not much more.

 



OVERALL – 2.0/5

I will give Mill Creek some credit for churning out these catalogue titles, especially ones, such as Double Team, Sony wouldn’t even think of releasing on Blu-ray, and with a bargain basement price of $15, and cheaper buying on Amazon, it’s not a bad deal at $2-3/movie. However, with the price come no frills including standard Dolby Digital Stereo soundtracks, no bonus features and not even a chapter selection menu. If you’re a fan of JCVD though, it might be worth picking up.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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