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Death Warrant [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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In 1990, Death Warrant was one of several back-to-back action movies that suddenly made Jean Claude Van Damme's name a rival to Stallone's and Schwarzenegger's. Its distinction from the likes of Cyborg or Double Impact is in its firm grounding in reality. In fact, Los Angeles County Jail couldn't seem more harshly real. That's where Detective Burke finds himself going undercover to investigate a string of mysterious (and politically embarrassing) deaths. Of course, the prison environment is ideally suited to Van Damme's strengths, where he elicits sympathy as the innocent abroad during one fight sequence after another. Lots of colourful secondary characters are along for the ride, such as the enigmatic Priest, tough-as-nails peanut-shucking Sergeant DeGraf and Burke's arch nemesis, the Candyman (Patrick Kilpatrick). There's an admirable attempt at portraying the action with some panache. Light and shadow is used to good effect and every kickbox move is punctuated by a double cut. Although the script dispenses with the essential Van Damme elements in the opening seconds (he lost a partner / he's from Canada / he can kickbox), this is definitely an above-average Van Damme flick.
On the DVD: The bare-bones transfer offers an occasionally grainy picture in 1.85:1 ratio and a three-channel surround soundtrack. The only extra off the static menu is the original theatrical trailer. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Lewis Burke is a kickboxing Canadian Mountie (there's a sequence of words you never thought you'd read) who, in the opening moments of the film, guns down and kills demented serial killer The Sandman at point blank range with a .357 Magnum. Some time later he is sent undercover in an extremely corrupt prison to find out who has been serial-killing the inmates. Helping him out is Amanda Beckett (Cynthia Gibb, looking exactly like Emma Watson...only prettier) a lawyer who poses as his wife and feeds him information from the outside. Meanwhile, it turns out that The Sandman ain't quite dead (despite being shot many times with a .357 Magnum) and is seeking revenge. There goes Burke's cover.
Death Warrant (meaningless title, btw) was the first screenplay by acclaimed writer David S. Goyer (The Invisible, The Dark Knight trilogy) and you can identify his surreal trademark even at this early stage. However, the film builds and develops like a supernatural horror, yet is firmly grounded in the 'prison thriller' genre. The eventual revelation is very weak, and belongs in a totally different movie. If it had the nerve go all the way with the supernatural element it would have been much better. I would rather a movie aim for something higher, and fail, that aim for something low-wattage and dull (which Death Warrant unfortunately does) and 'succeed'.Read more ›
Pq is good with no signs of print damage which looks like it has been re-mastered.
The film is presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Sq is dts-hd 2.0 which does sound good but i think this movie deserves a 5.1 remaster
The disc has a bit-rate of AVC@30MBPS.
if you are a fan of the movie it is worth importing.
Run time: 88:52 mins. (PAL Format) | Production: 1990
DEATH WARRANT is your typical undercover-cop-goes-to-prison-to-uncover-criminal-activities-there-flick with all its cliches. It's all been seen before (and after) this film, and DEATH WARRANT merely replaces the actors. This time it's Jean-Claude Van Damme's time as a Canadian cop.
Better performances by Art LaFleur and especially Patrick Kilpatrick, portraying the antagonists (yeah, we also get the sadistic warden cliche here, of course).
JCVD fans will no doubt have a better time with this film, as they get what they crave for: kickboxing martial arts and Van Damme in top form, although maybe not his best film overall. If you are - like me - not a fan of his you get a decent, well-paced action-martial arts/prison flick, nothing more and also nothing less, but definitely among the better of his works. Quality 1990s low-budget filmmaking and the first script written by David S. Goyer (DARK CITY, BLADE II). Directed by Deran Sarafian (THE ROAD KILLERS, 1994, with Christopher Lambert).
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
- English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
- French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
- German Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
- Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
- Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
English HOH, Danish, Dutch, French, German HOH, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
- Theatrical Trailer
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Super action flick, one of Damme's best movies, certainly in the top three.Published 10 months ago by Paul Tapper
Flim it's self isn't bad.
But amazon instant one click payment system is.
I didn't mean to buy this movie and then I found out there's no refund.
Great prison movie, with awsome fights and great picture qualityPublished 19 months ago by dorian kray