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Hard Target [DVD] [1993]

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Lance Henriksen , John Woo    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler, Chuck Pfarrer, Robert Apisa
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Writers: Chuck Pfarrer
  • Producers: Chuck Pfarrer, Daryl Kass, Eugene Van Varenberg, James Jacks, Moshe Diamant
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Mar 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9P6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,069 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Acclaimed Hong Kong action director John Woo's first Hollywood film attempts to construct a 'running man' thriller out of a collection of explosions and stunts. Cajun sailor Chance Boudreaux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) reluctantly comes to the aid of a female lawyer (Yancy Butler) who is searching for her missing father, a Vietnam veteran. In the course of their search the pair encounter a group of wealthy businessmen, who amuse themselves in the Louisiana swamps by hunting down the homeless.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, aka "the Muscles from Brussels", has sought to revitalise his flagging career by working with the most adrenalised directors from Hong Kong action films. His first such effort was this, the umpteenth remake of The Most Dangerous Game, which teamed him with Hong Kong's most fluid action poet, John Woo (director of M:I2). Woo does what he can but, as much magic as he injects into the action, he can't turn Van Damme into an actor. Still, this is above-average fare for the wooden Belgian, in which he plays a guy trying to bust a ring of hunters who pay for the right to track and kill human quarry. And Woo has the ever-reliable Lance Henriksen as the chief bad guy, always a plus. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Target blu-ray 6 Aug 2013
By Wrench
Format:Blu-ray
Always had a soft spot for Hard Target. Being a fan of John Woo and Van Damme's earlier work I was always going to find enjoyment in this one, despite the critics labelling John Woo's Hollywood debut a failure. Even with the clashes between the director and his star during production they produce a fun, ultra-violent, entertaining ride. It is still my favourite Van Damme film to date creatively mixing up his martial arts with brutal gun-play.

Now on to this blu-ray release. Picture quality wise it looks excellent! Colours are vivid and detail sharp. Having watched the film multiple times on VHS and then DVD it is a noticable improvement. Watching all those bloody squibs explode and Yancy Butler's eyebrows in hi-def was a real thrill! The cut of the film is exactly the same as the previous DVD release by Universal which I'm led to believe is uncut as far as the violence is concerned, though the are alternate and deleted scenes out there that have appeared on TV and extended bootleg versions. Where this blu-ray is a major let-down comes in form of the added features... of which there are none. Not even a trailer is present on the disc! Such a disappointment that in the 20th anniversary of it's theatrical release some sort of special edition couldn't be put together with deleted scenes, featurettes or commentaries. But for action fans the film is well worth a watch, for the last 20 minutes alone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's like a drug isn't it, to bring a man down? 13 Mar 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Hard Target is directed by John Woo and written by Chuck Pfarrer. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler, Arnold Vosloo and Wilford Brimley. Music is by Graeme Revell and cinematography by Russell Carpenter.

New Orleans and ex-merchant marine Chance Boudreaux (Damme) is struggling to gain employment on account of some muscular indiscretions. However, after saving Natasha Binder (Butler) from the hands of robbers, he is offered some work by her that pays handsomely. The task is to find out where her father is, a homeless ex-forces man who has mysteriously disappeared. It's a search that leads them to a sick urban safari being run by Emil Fouchon (Henriksen), the prey? Man!

After pushing the boundaries of action cinema in Hong Kong, it was only a matter of time before John Woo got lured to America to dabble in the dollar. Hard Target was his first American movie, which in spite of the studio being nervous about his hiring (Sam Raimi was on standby should it implode) and cuts being made on demand for a certificate rating to open it up to a wider audience, it worked out well. It was a financial success, even though there was the inevitable mixed reviews from critics and today it rightly is held in high regard amongst action movie die-hards.

Ok! Nobody could seriously claim it's a titan of cinema, it's an absurd story derived from The Most Dangerous Game, the acting is of the usual Van Damme kick assery standard (JC pouts and mumbles, Butler is terrible, Brimley is miscast, Henriksen so over the top we almost lose him from our vision) and preposterousness reaches new levels. Yes it's a dumb fun action movie where leaving the brain at the door is a requisite.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, But Not Great 9 Oct 2014
By ExecBum
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm going to be totally honest - I only bought this because I was told that a dishy chap was in it. Turns out the dishy chap is only in a few scenes and doesn't take a starring role. The film is okay and Van Damme is alright in it, but not in the least bit scrumptious like the other chap. There is a gory bit (involving the dishy one and pair of scissors) which I couldn't watch.

The premise is a bit silly - big game hunting with rich men chasing poor men. Somehow they manage to get away with committing these atrocities in full view of the public. Not very believable and by halfway through, I willing it to end. As an aside, I did find it rather unconvincing how multiple gunshot wounds seemed not to immediately be a problem for VD and his cohorts and yet in the first half a female police officer takes one bullet and dies instantly. All in all, I'd say that the film is okay - an average action adventure, but nothing to write home about and certainly not worth buying for the dishy bloke, who is barely in it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Substantial Improvement over Picture and Sound 17 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I like the movie. This Blu ray version will not let down the fans. However, there is no extra at all. The only selling point is picture and sound quality. This movie is already 20 years old. It never gets old. The style of John Woo is unique.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Target - Bon Chance M Van Damme 20 Nov 2012
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Hard Target is one of the seemingly unending oeuvre of action films that dominated my cinema going life in the eighties and nineties. And it is definitely up there as one of the best. Starring the Muscles from Brussels as Chance, a taciturn ex marine turned Merchant Sailor caught up in a search for Yancy Butler's father who has been killed as part of a sporting hunt across New Orleans. It isn't long before Chance has gotten to close to the truth, and he has to shoot, blow up or karate kick the villains into submission in a thrilling chase first through the city, through the bayou and finally in a carnival warehouse.

Lance Henrikson provides a suitably unhinged and hammy villain, with Arnold Vosloo looking very convincing as the chief Henchman. It seems as though the villains have come from rent-a-motorcycle-mob, and every cliché possible is duly inserted into the film, including Wilford Brimley in the role of homespun wisdom spouting loveable rogue friend/relative of hero who seems unsurprised when he turns up on his doorstep hunted by 20 heavily armed thugs. Van Damme is the star though and the all important action sequences still thrill as the film descends into an orgy of destruction and death.

Directed by John Woo, this does suffer a little from his trademark Slo Mo shots that here serve to break up the pace of the film and distract rather than enhance anything. There are some attempts at social commentary, with the rich hunting the poor and homeless and Van Damme does have an annoying and ill judged tendency to attempt to act rather than just hit things, but these don't really harm the film. All in all 4 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard target r2
Saw this at the cinema when it first came out.good action sequences and very violent from start to finish.Lance henriksen is good as the bad guy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by nobladeofgrass
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good product. on-time delivery. seamlessly trade, thank you.
Published 6 months ago by laguna
4.0 out of 5 stars Muscles from Brussels
Just as I remembered from when originally was released. Not the best acting, but if you like Die Hard you'll like this.
Published 6 months ago by P S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
Superb product, brilliant picture quality, Excellent sound quality, very speedy delivery. Would highly recommend this product to anyone who likes van damme films
Published 6 months ago by Chris Willoughby
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Target (Blu-ray version)
This John Woo action thriller made in 1993 starring martial arts star Jean Claude Van Damme along with Yancy Butler who is the female lead who plays the daughter looking for her... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Milt M. R. Ingarfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Damme average
I think it’s fair to say that the martial arts-based films of Belgian’s fifth most famous export have not aged at all well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
5.0 out of 5 stars heavy action
i think there is a good story line , although predictable , this movie has very good action sequences. as usual
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Kevin Opperman
5.0 out of 5 stars Van dammes best film?
Aside from the man himself. We have a nice turn from Yancy butler. And lance henriksen is always watchable. The explosions are ace too.
Published 8 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the JCVD films
Superb quality on Blu-Ray, well worth the cost. If you have not seen this film the last 20 minutes are worth the cost of the film alone. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Larry Lustig
5.0 out of 5 stars My momma, she took one.
Hard Target is one of my favourite JCVD movies. I don't know why I like it so much but I do .
Published 10 months ago by Leigh RybakRajewski
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