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Death Warrant [DVD]

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Robert Guillaume , Deran Sarafian    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb, George Dickerson, Art LaFleur
  • Directors: Deran Sarafian
  • Writers: David S. Goyer
  • Producers: Andrew G. La Marca, Mark DiSalle
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2001
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KISF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,382 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

Product Description

Renegade cop Louis Burke (Jean-Claude Van Damme) poses as an inmate in order to investigate a series of murders in maximum-security Harrison Penitentiary. All his martial arts skills are required when he uncovers the truth about the killings and attempts a daring escape.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best 19 July 2003
Although this appears at first as a typical prison drama, probably to better Stallone's 'Lock-up'. Van Damme, does some Damage as detective Burke sent in to investigate the mysterious deaths of prisoners and wardens alike. Terrific performance from Robert Guilliame (Benson) in an unfamiliar role. Van Damme's acting is well, Van Damme's acting, but the rivalry with 'The Sandman' makes this a tense rollercoaster of Martial Arts with Van Damme at his most fierce here. Definitely one for the Van Damme collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Warrant US Blu-Ray 9 Mar 2013
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Hi let's review the blu ray this US disc is region free but please note their is a region A on the back of the box.

Pq is good with no signs of print damage which looks like it has been re-mastered.

The film is presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

Sq is dts-hd 2.0 which does sound good but i think this movie deserves a 5.1 remaster

The disc has a bit-rate of AVC@30MBPS.

if you are a fan of the movie it is worth importing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars death warrant 2 April 2014
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Was dubious buying them, as several write-ups stated may now work on uk players, but worked without any problems and was great seeing it in full hd . Worth every penny
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
They gave Van Damme more lines in this one but he still sounds like he's eating a boiled sweet. They had a crack at a decent script too and for once he's not just a meat head getting by on fight choreography, well he is for the most part, but the storyline is much better than his offerings to this point. They even surrounded Van Dmme with decent actors you've actually seen before, Cynthia Gibb and Robert Guillaum crop up for instance. The plot has him going undercover in a jail to suss out why inmates are dying by the bucket load. Things are going swimmingly until an old adversary shows up to expose JC as a cop and take him out; as you can imagine this makes Van Damme very cross and he sets about wiping the floor with the nasty new arrival. Although it's forgettable stuff, it's above average for an early Van Damme and originally went under the title "Dusted".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Van DAmne at his most cerebral 12 Dec 2007
By Jay
A police officer goes undercover in a prison to discover why inmates are disappearing at a fast rate. The investigation is going all fine and dandy until the serial killer that this particular cop caught is transfered therefore putting him in jeopardy and blowing his cover. Good thing the cop knows kickboxing. This is one of Jean-Claude's lesser efforts, it lacks the overall excitement of Bloodsport and Kickboxer as well as the visceral enjoyment provided by his later movies like Universal Soldier and Hard Target. The story itself is too routine and although at times Death Warrant has a grisly twist that give it a jolt, Death Warrant is very forgettable stuff. I myself enjoy a good action flick but I like them more upbeat and it's only the action sequences which make this mildly diverting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film 6 April 2014
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Superb product, brilliant picture quality, Excellent sound quality, very speedy delivery. Would highly recommend this product to anyone who likes this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 18 Sep 2013
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good action film arrived when stated in sound condition.well worth the purchase.Well done amazon would recomend this film to be part of any collection
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