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Best Of The Best [DVD] [1990]

Eric Roberts , James Earl Jones , Robert Radler    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Phillip Rhee, Chris Penn
  • Directors: Robert Radler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 4Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000066CST
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A young man whose brother is murdered by a Korean martial arts master takes up the art sport in order to enter an international competition and get revenge. Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland lead the cast.

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Best Of The Best [DVD] [1990]

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best of its Day 25 Mar 2003
By Mr. J. C. Clubb VINE VOICE
The first "Best of the Best" never got a chance at the British box office. However, as a video release it did quite well from what I recall. Sadly this reputation was short-lived in Britain by its highly criticised sequel, which did make it to the big screen.
The 90's were a very cynical time and at the time of Best of Best's release martial arts cinema was in its the kickboxer-craze. In retrospect this was one of the worst times as far style in the genre goes, as kickboxing does not possess the asthetic quality of most styles. This was where Best of the Best stood out and at the time was probably my favourite film bar none. It provided good characterisation, good actors such as Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Christopher Penn et al and good martial artists. The dominant style in the film is Taekwondo, performed by great Korean exponents of the style. Phillip Rhee, who was involved in the production of the film, had a solid background in both Taekwondo and Hapkido (the latter you don't see displayed until Best of the Best 2) and plays off superbly against Simon Rhee in the film's climax.
No need to go into plot details here as you will have got the idea from the other reviewers. The film should be credited for making some very obvious breaks from the action mould at the time. There is a strong attempt at a storyline, which, although a little cheesey by today's standards, had a different type of ending to most martial arts films of its day. The "sensei" of the film is a strong female character!
Before Marc Dacascos showed the western world that it was possible to have a great martial artist and serious actor in the same package, Best of the Best lead the way. The sequel, although inferior, is also worth checking for a change in direction of the "Bloodsport" style films.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Please, Stop Crying!! 3 Aug 2002
By Shaun
This film is actually pretty cool and worth watching, if not buying at it's budget price. There are some real good martial arts skills put together in this film making it one of the best if not 'the best of the best' of martial arts films of the century.
The film is basically about an injured martial artist, who was once a champion called Alex Grady (Eric Roberts) who comes back from his injury to perform for the US national martial arts team to take on the ferocious Korean team in a final tournament. This takes them a lot of training and it always seems as if the Koreans are one step ahead. Anyway, Roberts teams up with Philip Ree (who acts well and has some real talent) and 3 others for the national team.
The film as it's dramatic points, but one thing- Eric Roberts just kept on crying throughout the film, he cried for his son, his job, his shoulder, his partner and for the Koreans! Please, stop crying!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Of The Best! 4 Aug 2005
Over the years i have seen many martial arts movies from all over the world, and when 'The Best Of The Best' was recommended to me i decided to give it ago, and i am very glad now that i did. Its a great little film with plenty of well choreographed and entertaining fight scenes and some good acting too, so theres not much to complain about.
A martial arts tornament is held in USA to decide who will be selected to go over to Korea and fight a team of Korean's in contest that is held every three years. The five picked for the American team are: Alex Grady, Tommy Lee, Virgil, Travis Brickley, and Sonny and must commit themselves to three months of intensive training lead by Coach Couzo and Wade, a woman hired to mentally prepare them for combat. Eventually they arrive in Korea and see their opponents 'in the flesh' for the first time.
The main cast are generally good throughout the film, showing both acting ability and of course plenty of high kicks and fast punches, with Eric Roberts as Alex, Philip Rhee as Tommy, John Dye as Virgil, Christopher Penn as Travis, and David Agresta as Sonny. And lets not forget one of if not the biggest star of the film, James Earl Jones as the strict Coach Couzo, and the lovely Sally Kirkland as the mind trainer Wade.
There are two things that i liked most about this film. Firstly was that there was plenty of training, not just continual fight scenes where the American team always win. The training makes the film seem that much more realistic as it shows that the coach, trainers and the guys themselves know that unless they do train hard for three months then they don't really stand much of a chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its all in the Title 17 May 2006
If, like me, you are a fan of the late 80's early 90's Matrial Arts Bonanza that brought the likes of "The Karate Kid", "Bloodsport" and "American Ninja" you will love this gem. Best of the Best boasts the weighty talents of James Earl Jones as the strict, bellowing Coach Couzo and Eric Roberts as the "tough pro given one last shot". We are also introduced to the excellent Philip Rhee playing "Tommy Lee" the jewel in Team USA's crown and a young Christopher Penn trying to convince us all he knows Tai Kwon-Do. The story is simplicity itself - Team USA takes on the all conquering Team Korea in its own back yard, lead by the fearsome unbeaten champion Dae Haan (played by Rhee's real life brother Simon).

This is textbook boys own stuff. A disjointed batch of has beens and never will be's, becoming a team of world beaters and the strongest "team" around. Its all here - Training Montage's aplenty and a great climatic tournament scene. Excellent martial arts throughout - especially Phillip Rhee's final destruction of Dae Haan.

Switch the DVD on, brain off, and enjoy.

This is quality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the best
my son loved this&wanted it for his 8yr old son,who loves it too as he goes to karate,so one happy little boy.
Published 14 months ago by lona williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fight scences, hilariously bad acting++SPOILER ALERT
My abiding memory of this film will always be the coach. He was the only member of the cast I knew of by name, yet he was hilariously bad, First off, what kind of coach wears a... Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Apple-eater
4.0 out of 5 stars it is best of the best
the fighting is as clear as day even though its a old film
but a great film, its a must see film
Published on 26 Nov 2011 by good
3.0 out of 5 stars 80's knock out
I first saw this film when I was about 13 - and I loved it. I remember tough guys dressed in black karate gear chopping through cement blocks, taking on some scary Koreans in... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2010 by Mr. P. D. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD AT ALL.................................
Nearly twenty years old.
Not much of a story, but the matches are very good indeed. James Earl Jones plays the coach of a team setting out to take on five of Korea's best in a... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2008 by L. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE ONE
my title says it all.
If you only ever buy one Martial arts film make da## sure it's this one.
A lot of Martial arts films are a joke and do nothing to promote a... Read more
Published on 16 April 2008 by Stephen R. Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtable the best!!
This film is a "must" see for all martial arts fans. See Team USA train hard and fast to compete against Team Korea for the ultimate prize. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2007 by A. Mackenzie
3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ENDING
The martial arts scenes are very good but i just felt the bulk of the film was a bit laboured.

Well acted and filmed - deffinately worth a watch
Published on 25 Sep 2007 by Nevs
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Of The Best 1+2
These films are fantastic. There's no technology surrounding them they are just pure martial arts at they're very best!

A question for the world out there. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2006 by Mrs. C. V. Derry
5.0 out of 5 stars wow wow and double wow
I think the title of this review shows what I think of this film!
I first saw this years ago when it was a relatively unknown film and I am very glad to see that it has become... Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2006 by Mr. N. Wildman
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