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Pit Fighter [DVD]

Dominique Vandenberg , Steven Bauer , Jesse Johnson    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dominique Vandenberg, Steven Bauer, Stephen Graham, Stana Katic, Fernando Carrillo
  • Directors: Jesse Johnson
  • Producers: James Henney, Ari Palitz, Gareth West
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Third Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006V1FT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,423 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Violent low-budget martial-arts action film, set amongst the gangs of southern Mexico. Jack (Dominique Vandenberg), a mysterious American suffering from amnesia, is the undisputed champion of the Pit Fights - no-holds barred contests that usually end with one contestant dead. For the men who run the Pit Fights, Jack is big business, but when he begins to regain his memory and starts uncovering the truth about why he is fighting for them, he finds himself heading towards a violent confrontation.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WERE'S COLONEL TRAUTMAN? 4 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
This film is well worth a watch the pit fighting is brutal,as for the script,acting and camera work jesus this is poor. The camera work is like somebody is going around on the Big Wheel at the fair ground the story was jumping around all over the place which was hard to follow. The acting has to been seen it was laughable I think with a top draw director this guy who played Jack could go places. In this film he did the fight scenes with ease and he certainly look the part and clearly knows the moves etc. The end scene reminded me of Rambo 3 Jack against the mob bullets flying around like a angry swarm of wasps but they all miss him. Wait a bullet manages to catch Jack he goes down no he gets back up finds more guns off he goes again. Wait he's out of bullets he grabs the sword now he's angry Jack's cutting the mob to ribbons the bullets are still going everywhere now you can buy the film to see what happens. Bottom line terrible but watchable.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!! 27 Mar 2005
Format:DVD
It's been a long time coming but finally a film has landed that boasts excellent fight scenes without flipping around like a fairy. Although this film is badly scripted and tragically acted, the fights alone make up for it as long as you don't take it too seriously. It's your typical "mysterious man" vs "bad guy with bad accent" and the ending is so unbelievable I actually laughed but you can tell it was all planned. Don't expect an epic but do expect to be sitting on the edge of your seat symulating every punch. Definatley for MMA fans and Boxing fans.
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby...and then the last 10 minutes happened. 13 Jun 2005
By KDA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
PIT FIGHTER was done on a very low budget, but director Jesse Johnson manages to work with what he has to make it seem like more. If you are familiar with his previous movie, THE HONORABLE, well this is light years ahead of it in video/audio quality. I mean its still not Grade A Studio, but the picture is decent, and the audio is even better.

Jesse recruited the same main character he used in THE HONORABLE, Dominique Vandenberg to play a pit fighter with amnesia down in Mexico. Vandenberg has no life at all in his acting and when he speaks...well, lets just say his next role should require him to be a mute.

What Jesse and Vandenberg do well is the pit fighting scenes. I don't think it is humanly possible to take some of the beatings that is delivered, but being a movie...it is rather exciting to watch. Don't expect wire work...this is just mono to mono. Due to the popular movie Ong Bak...I think more movies are going in this direction with their fight scenes and finally getting out of the Superhero/Matrix realm.

The fight scenes are really capturing to watch, and there is quite a bit of them, but what really makes this fall below 3 stars is the plot and the last 10 minutes. The plot kind of drags and I can't imagine anyone in the world wanting to care about the characters. But that is nothing compared to how Jesse really destroyed this movie with the ending.

SPOILER::: It is in all out gun blazing battle at the O.K. Coralle and it is more fake than all three Rambo movies. Vandenberg is literally surrounded by men with automatics from about 20 feet away and they can't hit him; yet Vandenberg is picking them off one by one over 10 minutes...to make matters worse, he loses the gun, picks up a sword, and charges into the crowd and is able take down quite a bit. UGGHH!

I really wanted to give this 3 stars, because the fight scenes are engaging, but the lack of any kind of plot and the ending ruins the experience. Def. rent before making the purchase.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Collectible only for fans 22 July 2011
By halaciHU - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
No lies - I bought it solely because of Stana Katic, to complete my collection. Not even because of her acting as I'm sure that this is not the movie she is proud of. For me it's worth, but without being her fan pick another movie.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do with thy might 2 Feb 2006
By mr. snrub - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
PIT FIGHTER is a movie that lives up to it's title. Like ONG BAK and UNLEASHED, it emphasizes real martial arts combat with a hard edge. Given that it's a direct-to-DVD movie with a small ($500,000) budget, this is a great achievement indeed.

In PIT FIGHTER, Jack (Dominique Vandenberg)is a man with no past. For reasons he is unaware of, he has survived a near-fatal bullet to the brain, which has completely blasted his memory away with it, and leaving him stranded in a small town in Southern Mexico. With no money and no identity, Jack befriends Manolo (Steven Bauer, of SCARFACE) and soon discovers he is a martial arts expert, and gets involved in the sport of Pit Fighting, one of those absolutely-no-rules martial arts fight clubs, and after dominating as the reaigning champion for the last five years, he sees a woman he hasn't seen in five years. His past begins to return to him, and, after being baptized as a Catholic and trying to reconcile himself with God, he realizes, "I may not have been the best of men."

Belgian-born Dominique Vandenberg is no stranger to martial arts. A former legionairre, he has been training since the age of four, in everything from Muay Thai and Judo to Krav Maga and Kyokushinkai Karate. He is known for thraining Leonardo DiCaprio in knife-fighting for GANGS OF NEW YORK, but by far, hi most noted pre-PIT FIGHTER role was as the fighter who gets frozen by Sub-Zero in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Dom brings a suitably hard-edge to PIT FIGHTER. His kicking ability is fantastic, and the sight of his agile, quick hands in motion is nothing short of jaw-dropping. His many opponents range from challenging to push-overs. Dom's first match in th Pit along with his two matches against Andre 'Chyna' McCoy, who doubled for Lurence Fishburne in THE MTRIX, are the best.

If you like brutal but beautiful martial arts choreography, PIT FIGHTER is right up your alley.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap Fighter 30 Oct 2005
By Arthur Kicker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Being a big mixed martial arts fan, I was interested in 'Pit Fighter' when I saw it in the store. The write-up on the back sounded interesting and the blurb on the back stated that "the fight scenes are the stuff of legend". I should've known better. I knew it would be crap but I gave it a chance anyway. And do you know what it did? It sodomized me.

The story goes a little something like this: some random dude(played by Dominique Vandenberg, fresh off his fabulous role as a corpse in 'Gangs Of New York')who gets shot in the head. He wakes up, gets medical treatment from some outlaw doctor, and then becomes an underground pit fighter. Oh yeah, he's got amnesia and a lame tattoo("Marianne")on his chest. That's pretty much it.

'Pit Fighter' is pure excrement. The script is lame crap, the acting is pathetic crap, the fight scenes are crappity crap, the special effects are laughable crap...you get the idea. There's nothing well done here at all. And as for the fight scenes being "stuff of legend"...ha, my ass they are. They are the stuff of "completely forgettable, low budget straight-to-DVD cinema". And if you're going to make a film about fighting, you should get actors that look comfortable fighting. All of the scenes are just awkward, filled with quick cuts so that you never see a punch/kick land, and do that speed up/slow down thing a million times. Annoying and lame.

Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but half of the dialogue in the film is made up of "um"s and "uh"s while the actors try to remember their monosyllabic lines. Now, I realize that this is a low budget action flick and I don't expect Oscar-worthy performances but 'Pit Fighter' is just horrible. Not to mention, the plot is slow and meandering(absolutely nothing happens to move the plot along in the first half-hour or so of the film). And one of the funniest things in the flick is that it is set in Mexico, but about half the cast have Australian accents. Ha. Excrement.

Avoid this like naked pictures of your mother.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking, a blitzing blasting, blood letting good time! 5 Sep 2005
By Masamunekatana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this film on Spike TV, so I searched it out! Frankly the DVD is even better than the TV version, there is certainly a lot more violence in it, the eye popping out in the fight scene. A very brutal film, not for your grand mother, but I loved it. I am a true fan of Sam Peckinpah, too, so maybe it's just me.

There was definitly something about this story that worked very well. Give it a go. But be warned, it has a rough, edgy feel to it. Not your polished studio fare!!
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