In 1990, Death Warrant was one of several back-to-back action movies that suddenly made Jean Claude Van Damme's name a rival to Stallone's and Schwarzenegger's. Its distinction from the likes of Cyborg or Double Impact is in its firm grounding in reality. In fact, Los Angeles County Jail couldn't seem more harshly real. That's where Detective Burke finds himself going undercover to investigate a string of mysterious (and politically embarrassing) deaths. Of course, the prison environment is ideally suited to Van Damme's strengths, where he elicits sympathy as the innocent... abroad during one fight sequence after another. Lots of colourful secondary characters are along for the ride, such as the enigmatic Priest, tough-as-nails peanut-shucking Sergeant DeGraf and Burke's arch nemesis, the Candyman (Patrick Kilpatrick). There's an admirable attempt at portraying the action with some panache. Light and shadow is used to good effect and every kickbox move is punctuated by a double cut. Although the script dispenses with the essential Van Damme elements in the opening seconds (he lost a partner / he's from Canada / he can kickbox), this is definitely an above-average Van Damme flick. On the DVD: The bare-bones transfer offers an occasionally grainy picture in 1.85:1 ratio and a three-channel surround soundtrack. The only extra off the static menu is the original theatrical trailer. --Paul Tonks [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Jean-Claude Van Damme faces his biggest challenge yet a maximum-security prison! The international superstar spin-kicks his way through this action-adventure powerhouse that explodes with death-defying stunts and non-stop martial-arts wizardry Filled with the same power intensity and skill of its unstoppable hero Death Warrant is your ticket to a Van Damme good time!Van Damme is officer Louis Burke a roguish police detective who goes undercover to investigate a series of inmate murders at Harrison Penitentiary Posing as a prisoner Burke encounters brutal inmates corrupt guards death and betrayal at every turn But when he unearths the shocking secret behind the penitentiary&39;s inner workings Burke must attempt a daring escape that pits him against not only hundreds of murderous inmates but also a deadly enemy from his own past
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as an undercover cop in this action feature. Renegade cop Louis Burke (Van Damme) poses as a prison inmate in order to investigate a series of suspicious murders in the maximum-security Harrison Penitentiary in California. Burke must use his full arsenal of martial arts skills when he uncovers the truth about the killings and is forced to attempt a daring escape after his true identity is revealed to his fellow prisoners.