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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Selina Giles, Mark Dymond, William Ash, Stephen Lord
  • Directors: Simon Fellows
  • Producers: Moshe Diamant, John Thompson
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,310 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Van Damme action thumper about a former addict cop whose life is changed after a near death and coma experience. Anthony Stowe (Jean Claude Van Damme) is a dirty narcotics lieutenant who takes a little dab of the 'H' himself from time to time. His life begins to unravel when his wife announces she's pregnant and he's not the daddy. As if things aren't bad enough for the man, the bottom of his world falls even further when he's almost killed in a bust gone awry and he ends up in a coma. He miraculously pulls out of this stall and fights hard to regain his feet only to find that his pregnant wife has been kidnapped and is being held by a local gang led by his former partner-gone bad Gabriel Callaghan (Stephen Rea). Stowe has an epiphany of repentance and vows to go straight, for his wife, his job and for the downfall of Callaghan.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I haven't seen all that many Van Damme movies, but the ones I have seen have all been pretty good (I'm one of the few people that actually liked Second in Command). I had my doubts early on this time around, though, as Van Damme looked like death warmed over, and his character was pretty hard to sympathize with, even for an anti-hero. But you know what? Van Damme himself may be showing some age now, but he is far from washed up. I see Until Death as a transition film of sorts for him; he shows that he can still be a tough guy without relying on elaborate martial arts displays and, more importantly, that he has developed into a decent actor. Anthony Stowe isn't your stereotypical, one-dimensional cop; there's a lot going on with this guy, and Van Damme does a really nice job of revealing both the bad and the good in the character.

Stowe is a NARC on the New Orleans police force, and he's carrying two huge monkeys on his back: a seemingly personal mission to bring down the city's most notorious gangster and a secret addiction to heroin. Obviously, he does not fit the description of a good cop. Watching fellow cops die as a result of his continually futile efforts to catch Callahan (Stephen Rea) doesn't do much for his already abrasive attitude, he has no qualms about roughing up potential criminals, innocents, or fellow cops, he doesn't work well (if at all) with a partner, and the heroin isn't helping his job performance. His personal life is in even more of a shambles, as he has just learned that the wife he has been neglecting is pregnant - with someone else's child. Yep, you'd think life couldn't get much worse than it already is for old Anthony - until the guy he's hunting finds him and leaves him lying in an alley with a bullet in his skull.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Barnes VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Hey come on, I can't believe some of the negative reviews given for this film, 'Until Death' is Van Damme's best movie for a very long time, certainly better than his previous effort 'The Hard Corps' which was shockingly bad. Despite the cynics out there Van Damme likes to bring something different to each movie, unlike say Seagal who plays exactly the same character in every film, usually a cop, wears the same clothes and hairstyle, with exactly the same storyline! Van Damme at least has tried a bit of diversity, from historical (Legionnaire, The Quest) to sci-fi (Timecop, Replicant), even a bit of comedy (Desert Heat, Knock Off). 'Until death' has Van Damme flexing his acting muscles with more of an emphasis on drama with only two major action sequences to speak of. It's a rather different character for Van Damme which is good to see, there are no martial arts in this one, just some very good shoot-outs and the whole film has a very gritty realistic feel and look to it, making it look like it has a bigger budget than it actually has - there are some movies out there with a huge budget that come across like b-movies!!! Overall a very impressive outing for Van Damme and let's hope that he can continue this trend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Kimberley L. Sturt on 21 May 2007
Format: DVD
Although Van Damme is an 'old-school' action star most popular for his martial arts and quick fun action films, he still delivers great character acting and action scenes 20 years on from from his popular 80s early 90s features. Until Death is now in my top 3 Van Damme favorites. Unlike Steven Seagal, Jean Claude has aged with grace and diginity, taking his roles seriously and puts out some dynamic character acting that gives this film good weight and a suspense unlike that of his more popular movies. This is far more then just an action screen favorite doing a low-budget 'dated' + 'easy money' flick for the fans. Until Death holds it's own and differs greatly in style and suspense from personal fav's such as A.W.O.L. and Double Impact. It's more brutal, and bleak then cheesy and '80s' cool.

Van Damme plays a beat-down heroin addicted cop, who's having a string of bad events in and out of work, resulting in a real mess of man who has to pick himself out of a partly self-made gutter. The synopsis could read like that of an action movie 20years old but the execution is modern and fresh, with Van Damme giving a strong performance mixed with ballsy and dramactic action scenes. I feel, long term fans and general action/drama viwers will certainly get their moneys worth in checking out this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Skidmore on 15 Oct. 2007
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Jean Claude Van Damme continues his perchant for producing quality and challenging movies on a smaller budget. Obviously not content with simply cranking out one mindless actioner after another to clutter our shelves, Van Damme once again trys something a little different within his chosen genre - and as a big fan of the belgian bruiser, its great to see him once again not only flexing his pecs, but also his acting muscles.

Directed by Simon Fellows (who shot the Wesley Snipes actioner "7 Seconds" and the disappointing JC vehicle "Second in Command"), "Until Death" is a dark and nightmarish thriller which follows detective Anthony Stowe (Van Damme) who is universally despised by both his work collegues and to a lesser extent, his wife. Addicted to heroin and spiralling into his own personal hell, Stowe has just come off a drug bust that has gone horribly wrong resulting in the death of two of his comrades and now finds himself in a coma when gunned down by arch nemesis Gabriel Callaghan (played in somewhat hammy fashion by the usually reliable Steven Rea). What follows is a tale of redemption as JC comes back from the brink of death - and given a second chance, he attempts to make everything right with his life - including his job and his recently pregnant wife who has been kidnapped by Callaghan in an attempt to draw out Stowe. There is more to the story, but that is the basic premise in a nutshell - but, what pulls it out of the usual direct to video dreck is the assured central performance from Van Damme.

Taking a cue from his last Ringo Lam collaboration, the excellent "In Hell", Van Damme once again attempts a complex and non-too likeable character who finds redemption through the combination of violence, honour and love.
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