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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000USPLVU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,657 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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3.6 out of 5 stars

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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Oberhardt on 18 Oct. 2008
Format: Blu-ray
Until Death is another solid modern era Van Damme film. There are tonnes of user comments and reviews out there on the movie itself, so I'll avoid that.

On the technical side, this is NOT a HD transfer. It appears to be an upscaled SD effort. There is no more picture information in it that the 480 NTSC transfer, let alone PAL resolution. Save your money and buy the DVD. By the numbers, it plays as a 1080p24, but the picture detail is not there. Given the source material was super 35, and the age of the film, I'm surprised it wasn't mastered in HD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zodgrod on 27 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
You thought Van Damme was done making good films long ago? You thought wrong. This is his best offering in a long time, in fact it's one of the best actioners I've seen as of late. If you're a fan of the old school Van Damme and Seagal flicks, you owe it to yourself to see this one. Van Damme gives one of his best performances, and does not come across as a tired old man like Seagal has done lately, in fact his slightly weathered appearance is perfect for the role. The film is clearly post-'24' and 'The Shield', but that isn't a bad thing. The film's plot and title tie-in bring me right back to Seagal's classic 'Hard to Kill'.

Highly recommended.
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