Alain is a boxer in 1925 Marseille, France. When he doesn't take the dive paid to take by a mob boss, he has to split. He joins the Foreign Legion and is sent to Morocco. He makes 3 friends and they watch each other's backs.
Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Kyle Lord (Jean-Claude Van Damme - Universal Soldier, Time Cop) is arrested and convicted for the vigilante killing of his wife's murderer. Kyle must survive life in a maximum security prison where inmates are made to battle to their death in a brutal, no holds barred fight called The Shu for the warden's entertainment and profit. Kyle fights his oppressors and is quickly sent to The Shu where his unbridled rage catapults him to the victor's circle. Kyle has become one of the monsters he despises and must now battle within himself to survive!
Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Deteriorating from social anarchy deadly plague, 21st-Century America is descending into a seething barbaric nightmare. Only Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a beautiful half human/half cyborg, has the knowledge necessary to develop a vaccine. But during her desperate quest to gather data and bring the cure to the world, Pearl is captured by cannibalistic Flesh Pirates who plot to keep the antidote for themselves and rule the world! Now, only the awesome fighting skills of sabre-wielding hero Gibson Rickenbacker (Van Damme) can rescue her and save whats left of civilisation. Directed by Alert Pyun (Dollman), 88 Films is proud to present a new 4K scan of this Van Damme Classic.
ROBERT BRESSON (Au hasard Balthazar) plumbs great reservoirs of feeling with Mouchette, one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film. With a dying mother, an absent, alcoholic father, and a baby brother in need of care, the teenage Mouchette seeks solace and respite from her circumstances in the nature of the French countryside and daily routine. Bresson deploys his trademark minimalist style to heartbreaking effect in this essential work of French filmmaking, a hugely empathetic drama that elevates its trapped protagonist into one of the cinema's most memorable tragic figures. Special Features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentary from 2006 by film scholar, critic, and festival programmer Tony Rayns Au hasard Bresson, a 1967 documentary by Theodor Kotulla, featuring director Robert Bresson on the set of Mouchette Segment of a 1967 episode of the French television series CinÃ©ma, featuring on-set interviews with Bresson and actors Nadine Nortier and Jean-Claude Guilbert Original theatrical trailer, cut by Jean-Luc Godard PLUS: An essay by critic and poet Robert Polito
A French animated tale about Madame Souza, and her chubby young grandson Champion, who seems uninterested in all hobbies until he develops a passion for cycling and becomes so good he enters the Tour de France.
Shadaloo South-East Asia 1995. As civil war enters its seventh month warlord General M Bison virtually brings about global warfare when he takes 63 Allied Nations' relief workers hostage and threatens to execute them unless a ransom of $20 billion dollars is paid. It is the mission of Colonel William F. Guile to rescue the hostages but he has to locate them first! As part of an audacious plan to track down the General and his futuristic fortress Guile and British Intelligence Officer Cammy recruit to their forces two renegade heroes. However their entire plan is nearly quashed when GNT news correspondent Chun-Li-Zang intervenes - and she wants much more than just a story. Action reaches fever pitch as Guile Bison and their forces clash in a fierce battle and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance...
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in an explosive thriller set in Hong Kong's shady manufacturing scene during the 1997 handover to China. When a shipment of jeans to the USA prove counterfeit, Marcus Ray, the King of the Knock-offs' (Van Damme), finds himself at the centre of a Russian Mafia plot to hold the United States' security to ransom. Thousands of tiny micro-bombs disguised within other manufactured goods are scheduled for departure from Hong Kong to America. When Ray's company's jeans are found to be the housing for the explosives, he's the one man the CIA can count on to prevent certain disaster. In a territory where loyalty can change hands overnight, Marcus Ray's survival will depend on him knowing the fakes from the real thing!
The thrill of the hunt. It s the ultimate drug, and the more intense the rush, the higher the price. International superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme teams up with world- famous action director John Woo for this electrifying thriller. Van Damme is the target of an evil mercenary (Lance Henriksen) who recruits homeless combat veterans for the amusement of his clients bored tycoons who will pay half a million dollars to stalk and kill the most challenging prey of them all: Man. Laced with dark humour and slam- packed with electrifying action Hard Target is a must see for action fans.
International action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme teams with Powers Boothe in a tension-packed suspense thriller set against the backdrop of a Stanley Cup game. Van Damme portrays a father whose daughter is suddenly taken during a championship hockey game. With the captors demanding a billion dollars by game's end Van Damme frantically sets a plan in motion to rescue his daughter and abort an impending explosion... before the ?nal buzzer.
The Flashing Blade is a tale of high adventure set in 1630 as the dashing Chevalier de Recci (Robert Etcheverry) undertakes a dangerous mission across occupied territory to avert war between France and Spain. This 13-episode serial was made for French television in 1967, and in dubbed form regularly shown on the BBC during school holidays from 1969 through the 1970s (usually when 1965's Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was having a rest). This release is aimed at that generation who, from the spine-tingling theme song onward, remember the show with tremendous affection. Like the classic Hollywood movie serials, each 23-minute episode packs in a couple of action sequences; some plot twists, a little comic relief and very variable acting and costumes. For a children's programme the story is remarkably complex, and takes a while to gather pace. The colours have faded, the use of classical music is clumsy, but the dubbing is surprisingly accomplished. The swashbuckling action is at odds with the more serious historical drama, but viewed with nostalgia The Flashing Blade is thoroughly entertaining vintage TV. --Gary S Dalkin
Set in the year 2004 where time travel is a reality and a new breed of crime has emerged. It is now possible to alter history and the Time Enforcement Commission has ruled that no-one goes back in time. But someone has broken the rule and Timecop Max Walker (Jean-Claude Van Damme) must prevent a change in history - and prevent the murder of his wife...
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Cinema's original enfant terrible, Jean-Luc Godard was one of the leaders of the French New Wave, a key influence on American cinema of the 1970s and one of the few true auteurs still making movies. A maverick force from the beginning, when his debut film Breathless (1959) tore up the cinematic rulebook, Godard has continued to inspire and challenge moviegoers throughout a career that spans more than four decades. This essential collection contains Breathless, Une Femme est une Femme, Le MÃ©pris, Alphaville and Pierrot Le Fou all presented in this stunning box-set. Extras: Breathless Introduction by Colin MacCabe Godard, Made in USA Room 12. Hotel de suede Jean-Luc according to Luc Jefferson Hack Interview Tempo Godard Episode Jean Seberg Featurette Trailer Posters Une femme est une femme Introduction by Colin MacCabe Interview with Anna Karina Posters Photo Gallery Le MÃ©pris Introduction by Colin MacCabe Once Upon A Time There Was...Contempt Contempt...tenderly The Dinosaurs and the Baby Conversation with Fritz Lang Trailer Alphaville Introduction by Colin MacCabe Interview with Anna Karina Posters Trailer Pierrot le fou Introduction by Colin MacCabe Interview with Anna Karina Godard, Love and Poetry Film Analysis by Jean-Bernard Pouy Trailer German TV advert Posters
Action legend Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as a soldier drawn into the world of modern-day gladiators fighting for the amusement of the rich in this fast-moving action thriller. Upon receiving news that his brother in Los Angeles is seriously injured Lyon Gaultier (Van Damme) deserts the French Foreign Legion from a remote outpost in North Africa. Fleeing from two of the Legion's security force who have orders to bring him back at any cost Lyon reluctantly turns to the illegal bare-knuckles underground fighting circuit to raise the money he needs to help his brother's family. This riveting action-adventure combines the raw power and charisma of Van Damme with the exciting world of no-holds-barred street fighting.
1994 and time travel has become a reality! The USA sets up the Time Enforcement Commission: a police force tasked to prevent criminals from tampering with the past headed by the ambitious Senator Silver. At the same time Washington policeman Max Walker is attacked by a group of hit men from the future. He survives but his wife is killed. Ten years later Walker now a Timecop finds out that Silver has been meddling in the past to gather funds to finance his presidential campaign. Walker has to return to 1994 but discovers a strange link to his own past!
Jean-Claude Van Damme is Lyon a French Legionnaire who has no choice but to go a.w.o.l after hearing that his brother is mortally wounded. Arriving penniless in New York Lyon is forced to enter the underworld of bare-knuckle fighting under the control of ""The Lady"". However after Lyon goes against her will she matches him against the champion-will Lyon find the inner strength to take the championship or will he die like his brother?
A team of elite soldiers are used by the government to fight terrorism. With exceptional physical capabilities, they seem to be the perfect soldiers. But behind their existence there is a secret; they are not human, but fighting machines, created from the bodies of soldiers killed in the Vietnam war through the wonders of advanced genetic engineering. But things begin to go wrong when two of the soldiers, Luc Devreux [Jean-Claude Van Damme] and Andrew Scott [Dolph Lundgren] begin to regain their memory and a violent feud that should have died years ago is reborn. For the very first time, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER will be available in 4K Ultra HD including Dolby VisionÂ® HDR, a stunning format offering four times the resolution of full HD to bring entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality.
When a kickboxing police inspector is murdered, his kickboxing twin brother infiltrates the Russian mob in order to see justice meted out--as painfully as possible. A slimmed-down Jean-Claude Van Damme is surprisingly effective as the lead(s), but the real star here is gritty Hong Kong director Ringo Lam (probably best known for City on Fire, the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs), who makes a lethal American debut with this hard-edged, convoluted film, which uses the identical-sibling gimmick to considerably darker effect than the goofball Double Impact. Some incredible stunt work and a terrifically ruthless final reel make this underrated action film a winner, although fans of Species may be somewhat disappointed that costar Natasha Henstridge never fully displays the assets that made her famous. --Andrew Wright
A former editor of the ground-breaking magazine Cahiers du Cinema Eric Rohmer (1910-2010) became one of the leading figures of the French New Wave. Working well into his eighties his hugely influential body of work is celebrated for its originality economical visual style and witty and articulate dialogue. Rohmer's reputation was established with his ambitious 'Moral Tales' series of films five of which are presented in this box set - each based around the theme of a man's sexual temptation. Includes Suzanne's Career The Girl at the Monceau Bakery La Collectioneuse My Night at Maud's Claire's Knee. Films Comprise: Suzanne's Career The Girl at the Monceau Bakery My Night at Maud's Claire's Knee La Collectioneuse
Inspired by a true incident during World War II in 'The Train' Burt Lancaster plays a French Resistance fighter doggedly attempting to stop a train used by the Nazis (led by Paul Scofield as Colonel Von Waldheim) to steal precious French art treasures in the summer of 1944. Featuring spectacular action sequences expertly directed by John Frankenheimer 'The Train' is a truly thrilling war film. The Oscar-nominated screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis superbly recreates the te
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