Jun 102019
 

Double Team is a poorly made, half-baked action-thriller though the biggest sin was how some producer or studio head thought it was a good idea to pair up an action falling star with a rainbow colored ex-NBA player.

 

 

Double Team
(1997)

Genre(s): Action, Thriller
Mill Creek Entertainment | R – 93 min. – $14.98 | June 4, 2019

Date Published: 06/10/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Tsui Hark

Writer(s): Don Jakoby (story), Don Jakoby and Paul Mones (screenplay)
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, Paul Freeman, Mickey Rourke
DISC INFO:
Features: None

Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 23.08 GB
Total Bitrate: 32.93 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Mill Creek Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 2.0/5


Plot Synopsis: CIA agent Jack Quinn (JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME) is interned for failing a mission to kill an international terrorist (MICKEY ROURKE). Escaping from his island exile, he teams up with flamboyant arms dealer Yaz (DENNIS RODMAN) and sets out to find the terrorist and rescue the agent’s wife and son.

Quick Hit Review: I generally don’t mind the senseless and gratuitous action movies (see Swordfish) but even I have my limits with how stupid a film can be. Double Team matches up karate-fighter extraordinaire Jean-Claude Van Damme perhaps towards the tail end of his stardom if not indeed the end as this movie bombed at the box office taking in a mere $11.4M. Now taking in the buddy-cop formula, he joins forces with… Denis Rodman? Needless to say, Rodman is not a good actor and his stuntwork, or the stuntman they used, was laughably awful. Even the normally reliable creepy Mickey Rourke couldn’t overcome the thin script. Making matters worse are the cringe-inducing basketball puns. If I had one positive thing to say, the final scene was pretty damn amazing, shame the rest was lame and nonsensical (for instance “The Colony” makes no sense).

Tsui Hark directed Double Team with the finesse of a 4×4 and stylistically doesn’t really have that interesting of a look, also doesn’t help the plot is on the jumbled side. Looks like it might be a case with the wrong guy with the wrong material as Hark does have an extensive career.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


This release comes with a matted, retro-style, slip cover and the inner cover is different from the slip. No features were included.

 


VIDEO – 3.0/5


Not sure if this is the same transfer from the “Jean-Claude Van Damme Collection” previously released by Mill Creek, but that one was flawed and so was this 1080p transfer. Colors are at least alright I suppose but the picture looks a bit too sharp at times and there were a couple instances where the artifacting was terribly noticeable.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


The audio does get a slight upgrade from the previous Blu-ray going from Dolby Digital 2.0 to DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. The difference probably is minimal to be honest, but this one was serviceable enough, dialogue comes through with good clarity while the action scenes don’t exactly exude incredible depth, however.

 


OVERALL – 2.0/5


Overall, Double Team is a poorly made, half-baked action-thriller though the biggest sin was how some producer or studio head thought it was a good idea to pair up an action falling star with a rainbow colored ex-NBA player. The Blu-ray from Mill Creek has so-so video and audio and no bonus material.

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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