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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Soldiers
Dead bodies are used to create the ultimate soldiers, and that is exactly what this movie is about. After being killed in Vietnam, Luc Devreaux (Van Damme) is genetically reanimated as the ultimate killing machine, GR44.
However, when things go wrong, GR13 (Dolph Lundgren) becomes a search and destroy unit tracking down GR44. Universal Soldier is a superbly directed...
Published on 4 April 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars US region free blu ray is better
Im not going into the details about the film this is about the different Blu ray versions available. The Lionsgate region free release from the US is much better than this version released in the UK. Lionsgates Blu ray has better picture quality and has special features, the UK blu ray has no special features. Fans should go for the US version and you can buy it on Amazon...
Published on 11 Nov. 2012 by Benson


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Soldiers, 4 April 2001
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This review is from: Universal Soldier [DVD] (DVD)
Dead bodies are used to create the ultimate soldiers, and that is exactly what this movie is about. After being killed in Vietnam, Luc Devreaux (Van Damme) is genetically reanimated as the ultimate killing machine, GR44.
However, when things go wrong, GR13 (Dolph Lundgren) becomes a search and destroy unit tracking down GR44. Universal Soldier is a superbly directed action thriller that keeps up the pace and tension throughout.
No matter what type of movie you prefer, this will definitely appeal to you, and with the enhancement of DVD technology, this movie really kicks!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Van Damage!!!!!, 11 Nov. 2009
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Mr. Matthew Sheen "MattSheen" (Chester, Cheshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This is going to be alot of people's guilty pleasure. If you like your action fast and violent then this movie is definately for you. Admittedly not the best script or acting but in action terms there are few films that will surpass this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars US region free blu ray is better, 11 Nov. 2012
Im not going into the details about the film this is about the different Blu ray versions available. The Lionsgate region free release from the US is much better than this version released in the UK. Lionsgates Blu ray has better picture quality and has special features, the UK blu ray has no special features. Fans should go for the US version and you can buy it on Amazon from marketplace traders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Blu-Ray, 3 Mar. 2009
Luc Devreaux (Jeans-Claude Van Damme) and Sgt. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) are American soldiers fighting in Vietnam. The two end up killing each other in a fight. 25 years later a reporter played by Ally Walker finds out that they have been brought back to life with no memory of their past and now are part of a secret government program called Universal Soldiers (Unisols). when Luc Devreaux's memory's start to come back he escapes with the help of Walker only to be chased across the country by Sgt scott. If you have a Blu-Ray player and you like Van Damme or Lundgren then this is a must.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated movies of the 90's!!, 27 Nov. 2002
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This movie was an extremely clever idea, soldiers who were killed in vietnam and were then turned into super soldiers called unisols, short for universal soldiers. Honestly, who would be better for the large menacing bad guy named sgt. Andrew Scott, Dolph at a good 6"5 and muscle bound more than fitted the build, and van damme also done an excellent job of playing the shy good guy, the plot is great the action is excellent and the acting aint too bad either.
This movie is one of the best action movies that I personally have ever seen!. An absolute hoot for action fans and also a good film for people who respect decent films.
Dolph is excellent, van damme is excellent and with roland emmerich directing, how can you possibly go wrong, BUY THIS MOVIE NOW!!!!. 5/5, 10/10 you cant go wrong with this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews!, 6 Nov. 2013
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Definitely a contender for Van Damme's and Lundgren's best, Universal Soldier is one of the best action movies of the early nineties, with plenty of explosive stunts, fights, a decent story, some fine acting, and lots of great dialogue. In the wake of Terminator 2 this, and most sci-fi action movies look inferior, but still this is a great watch for action fans, and may even please a few non-fans as a good slice of entertainment, or nostalgia. It's almost as if the 80s never went away.

Van Damme stars as Luc Deveraux, a marine in 'Nam. His superior is Andrew Scott, played with menace by Lundgren. Their team stumbles upon a village in 'Nam where Scott goes on a kill crazy rampage, wiping out men, women, and kids, and when Luc tries to stop him, they kill each other. Flash forward to the nineties and the US Army has managed to save and restore both Luc and Scott, as well as their team thanks to some futuristic Robocop nonsense. They are now part man, part computer - easy to control soldiers with a much higher skill and strength rate than any human could have. The Army has created this race of Super-Soldiers to undertake special missions, and they have a flawless success rate.

Veronica Roberts is a snoopy reporter who wants to follow the mysterious team, but can never get close. The soldiers are autonomous, doing whatever they are told, and with no memory of their past lives. However, as all computers inevitably turn against their masters, Luc and Scott begin to have flashbacks. Soon Scott kills Veronica's cameraman, while Luc saves her life, becoming a renegade from his group, from the military, from the Government. He begins to remember everything, his human part taking over, while Scott takes control of his team with the sole objective of killing Luc and Veronica. It is deliberately unclear whether Scott's evil are remnants of his human half, or merely the computer half gone berserk. The chase begins.

Once we accept the Universal Soldier's abilities etc, the story is simple - we of course know it will end with a final confrontation between the two stars. Between these two points there is a lot of action, gun fights, bombs, the usual, but it is done with a fair amount of skill and style. Emmerich was already showing signs of the bloated big-budget epics he would later create. Van Damme does well as a cyborg and has little to say, but shows off his martial arts skills which is what we are here to see. Lundgren has even less to say but is effectively sneering. Walker is the feisty heroine and gives a fine performance, and the rest of the cast range from grunts with guns to comedic parts. There is a good amount of humour which helps to make the film more appealing, and there is the inevitable Van Damme nudity. There are some interesting elements involving the Government's control of mindless soldiers, sending in faceless masses to do their dirty-work, but this isn't overplayed or particularly important. Overall it is a simple, but effective and well-shot action film, and one of the best of its kind.

This special Edition DVD contains the requisite trailer, as well as a short making of documentary and a few other snippets for the fans.

*Originally written in 2005
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme: Perfect cardboard robot but doesn't convince when he has become human, 12 Dec. 2007
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In a war zone Luc Deveraux stops his officer Andrew Scott, killing innocent civilians. However both die in the struggle. Years later they are part of a reanimation programme all Universal Soldiers - perfect fighting machines controlled like robots. However Deveraux has memory flashbacks causing him to flee with a reporter, his commander also experiences memory residues and takes the remaining soldiers to go after Deveraux.

One of Van Damme's and Lundgren's best films - although that's not saying much. The plot is pretty basic although there is some reasonable moralising about the soldiers. The action isn't fancy but it's solid and, unlike it's sequel, it's not afraid to be violent. While it's not a classic it does allow some good scenes and is a bit better than the usual Van Damme fare.

The cast are mixed. Van Damme is a perfect cardboard robot but doesn't convince when he has become human. He is the brunt of some good jokes too (`what accent?') and gets to bare his ass in customary style. Lundgren is actually quite good and his character develops from robot into war-weary soldier quite well. Ally Walker is so-so but she doesn't convince.

Overall this is enjoyable but it isn't perfect. For action fans it's solid enough to satisfy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action and class from none other than van damme, 14 Sept. 2006
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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Universal Soldier is a 5 star van damme movie,whether you believe that or not,the simple fact remains that in terms of sheer mindless violence with a hint of a decent storyline this is a great piece of work.Starring both Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren the movie is mad and camp in parts for sure but also delivers in all you want in a violent movie.

The plot invoives two soldiers who kill each other in vietnam and are brought back to life as super human soldiers who are picked to kill vermin and ask questions later,but as van dammes and lundgrens memories start to come back and they realise who they once were the blood is certainly gonna line the streets.

In terms of acting neither main character excel and indeed fail to sparkle but in truth the film runs in a pace hard to ignore and in the end this is class without believeing it to be true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Soldier: Are we having fun yet?, 20 Nov. 2012
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Muscles from Brussels Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren (doomed to be eternally regarded as the poor man's Arnold Schwarzenegger) are well cast here as virtually robotic supersoldiers, in a script that plays up to their strengths (violence and destruction) whilst covering up their weaknesses (acting). It's a suitably big and loud film with lots and lots of well staged action, as two soldiers who died in Vietnam are revived 25 years later as supermen, only to restart their old enmity. It's a totally bonkers premise, but hey, when it's this much fun who cares? Directed with some style by Roland Emmerich, money has obviously been spent on the picture with lots of expensive stuff being blown up or dropped off cliffs, making for a thrilling ride to the big and impressively staged showdown. It's held up well, 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Universal Soldier, 23 Jun. 2015
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It's difficult to review Universal Soldier when it tries to cover so many genre themes. Especially since the recent Regeneration sequel is so clean cut as a sci fi action horror.

Universal Soldier wants to be a light hearted, action comedy aswell as having scientists killed with fingers through the eyes and reporters shot through the head. There's a sci fi aspect here too which you can accept through intrigue and curiosity.

This film does have that Hollywood gloss. Action that isn't meant to take itself too seriously as was ever present in the 80's and early 90's. What makes this film sell itself as far as I can tell is the sublime camera work and action sequences.There's a fluid pace and interesting angle to the sci fi premise in this movie that keeps you watching. Not to mention two big action stars of Van Damme & Lundgren in their action film career prime. These guys look finely tuned and totally believable as their unisol counter parts.

I find the short falls in this film today is the slight madness of it all. I get that it's an action film but it tries to tick the comedy, action, romance, travesty, sci fi boxes from scene to scene yet at the same time dosen't fulfill any of these elements to there fullest. I feel that it tries to do too much. The scene where Luc Devereux (Van Damme) is reunited with his parents is just plain odd and devoid of emotion when the film is purposely trying to convey this. The interaction between them is of strangers more than anything but possible ties in with the alternate ending the film was going to run. But still, a convincing act would have made the alternate twist more appreciating.

But saying that it is a good looking film with a good looking cast. The jokes do work on occasions and the hollywood sheen gives this film a quality surface. What lies beneath is an action based bid for freedom for Luc Devereux (Van Damme) and Ally Walker the female eye candy reporter who is helping as much as she can in this bid. She is clumsy but concerned and acts her role well. Lundgren looks menacing as always as the antagonist chaser, shouting his "Traitor" lines in emotionless taunts and the film sets a trail of destruction and chaos from this.

The action could have been better in places, feeling subdued with regards to choregraphy. It looks a little lighthearted and tired in places by todays film standards but I guess that's a given. As 90's action films go though this still has a great sense of quality film making about it. The whole package of this film is enough to watch again and enjoy it for what it is. It also stands in my mind as one of Van Damme's better film choices and an interesting and exciting premise for an action vehicle. It also acts as a great start for this sci fi action franchise and does a positive draw in finances. Much like Blade did for Wesley Snipes and The Terminator did for Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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