Guess at your own pace when exactly the time will arrive for any number of action star Jean-Claude Van Damme’s much-hyped projects to come will take shape. His career will always be an enduring staple for action fans and with MVD Entertainment Group, the gusto is all the same with at least two of their forthcoming MVD Rewind Collection releases, firstly with #3 – Black Eagle in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD Special Edition combo pack coming February 27, 2018.
The latter sits at #8 with Sheldon Lettich’s Hard Times remake, Lionheart, also in two-disc Blu-ray + DVD Special Edition combo pack on June 12, 2018 and containing all-new exclusive material, including a newly commissioned interview with the star himself. This one baffles the mind a bit as of late with fan interest currently piqued for a sequel and one only wonders when the wheels will finally start turning.
Read on below with all the official specifics listed and check back over at MVDshop.com for all the Van Damme goodies.
A video store staple back in the 1980’s features action film star Jean-Claude Van Damme (Bloodsport, Kickboxer) going head to head with martial arts legend Sho Kosugi (Enter the Ninja, Pray for Death)!
SYNOPSIS: After an F-11 gets shot down over the Mediterranean Sea, The U.S. government cannot afford to lose the top-secret laser tracking device that was on board. But unfortunately, the KGB team lead by the infamous Andrei (Jean-Claude Van Damme, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier) are beating the CIA in the race to find it. The CIA has no choice but to call in their best man, master martial-artist Ken Tani (Sho Kosugi, Ninja Assassin, Revenge of the Ninja), code name… BLACK EAGLE. In response, the KGB resorts to an all-out war, with powerful Andrei matching Ken blow for blow. From legendary action director Eric Karson (The Octagon), Black Eagle also stars Doran Clark (The Warriors), Bruce French (Jurassic Park III) and William Bassett (House of 1000 Corpses).
MVD Rewind Collection’s release of BLACK EAGLE is the definitive edition of this 80’s action classic that includes two versions of the film and over two hours of additional material including deleted scenes and all-new interviews produced exclusively for this release.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the main feature.
Original 2.0 Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) and Dolby Digital 5.1.
Includes 93 minute theatrical version + 104 minute uncut extended version of the film.
Sho Kosugi: Martial Arts Legend (HD, 21:26) (featuring new interviews with Sho Kosugi and Shane Kosugi and more) MVD Rewind EXCLUSIVE!
The Making of BLACK EAGLE (HD, 35:50)(featuring new interviews with Director / Producer Eric Karson, Screenwriter Michael Gonzalez and stars Sho Kosugi, Doran Clark, Shane Kosugi and Dorota Puzio) MVD Rewind EXCLUSIVE!
Tales of Jean-Claude Van Damme (HD, 19:20) (Brand new interviews with cast and crew tell stories about working with the legendary action star) MVD Rewind EXCLUSIVE!
The Script and the Screenwriters (HD, 27:14) (featuring Michael Gonzales, Eric Karson and more) MVD Rewind EXCLUSIVE!
Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
As with all MVD Rewind Collection releases, this Blu-ray + DVD Special Edition combo pack is housed in a limited edition “retro style” slipcover with the film’s original 80’s artwork. The slip will only be available on the first pressing and once MVD runs out… it’s gone (the slipcover… not the release).
Item # MVD0763BR
Running time: 94 mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: 2.0 Stereo, 5.1 Dolby Digital
WHEN THE STREETS ARE A JUNGLE… THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE KING
Jean-Claude Van Damme (Black Eagle, Hard Target) 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 co-written by Van Damme himself!
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-kuckles underground fighting circuit to raise the money he needs to help his brother’s family.
From legendary action director Sheldon Lettich (Double Impact, Bloodsport), this riveting action adventure also stars Harrison Page (Bad Ass), Brian Thompson (The Terminator), Ashley Johnson (The Help) and a cameo appearance by Jeff Speakman (The Perfect Weapon) and combines the raw power and charisma of Van Damme with the exciting world of no-holds-barred street fighting.
SPECIAL FEATURES (tentative… subject to change)
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the main feature.
• Original 2.0 Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) and Dolby Digital 5.1.
• Audio commentary by Sheldon Lettich & Harrison Page
• NEW – “The Story of ‘Lionheart’” (appx 60:00, HD) (Featuring Director Sheldon Lettich, Producer Eric Karson and stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard and Brian Thompson)
• NEW – “Inside ‘Lionheart’ with the Filmmakers and Cast” (appx 25:00, HD) (Featuring Director Sheldon Lettich, Producer Eric Karson and stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard and Brian Thompson)
• NEW – “‘Lionheart’: Behind the Fights” (appx 15:00, HD) (Featuring Director Sheldon Lettich, Producer Eric Karson and stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page and Brian Thompson)
• “Making of” featurette (8:53) (SD)
• Interview with Sheldon Lettich (25:52) (SD)
• Interview with Harrison Page (13:05) (SD)
• “Behind the Scenes of the Audio Commentary” featurette (5:40) (SD)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
• Collectible Poster
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