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Death Warrant [Blu-ray] [1990] [US Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0091C21YG
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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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Being a JCVD fan since a kid I remember watching Death Warrant on my dad's vhs player. I loved it. It is a great story and it will get you hooked. Its a typical 90's prison movie. There were quite a few at that time. Van Damme does a great job and the lady that helps him is intelligent and gorgeous. Now I own the dvd version and I was very keen to try it on blu ray. Surprisingly it looks very good. The quality is all there. For the age of the movie the detail is super. You can see high detail on the facial features. I was surprised and I must say very happy with the quality of the upgrade. It sounds great too with the English 2.0 DTS HD sound. I recommend this movie to anyone. You will enjoy it and on blu ray is even better. For the UK buyers you will be glad to hear that this will work on Region 2 (B) blu rays as well. I had no problems with it. Great seller. Fast delivery from the US and I am really happy. Thank You
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Fast delivery so please thanks
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It seems that Double Impact was the movie that made Van-Damme a star, while the martial arts-based B-movies that preceded it merely built his fame ever-so-gradually. Death Warrant is the odd-one-out in that regard as it is neither a Kickboxing tournament flick nor laughably awful. It seems to be set in some semblance of reality though the story never seems to be quite sure of what it wants to be or where to go.

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'.
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By DJColzz VINE VOICE on 19 July 2003
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Although this appears at first as a typical prison drama, probably to better Stallone's 'Lock-up'. Van Damme, does some Damage as detective Burke sent in to investigate the mysterious deaths of prisoners and wardens alike. Terrific performance from Robert Guilliame (Benson) in an unfamiliar role. Van Damme's acting is well, Van Damme's acting, but the rivalry with 'The Sandman' makes this a tense rollercoaster of Martial Arts with Van Damme at his most fierce here. Definitely one for the Van Damme collection.
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Hi let's review the blu ray this US disc is region free but please note their is a region A on the back of the box.

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.
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Not bad. If there's one next, I'll be looking forward to it. The performance of all the actors is very realistic. The plot is exciting. I watched this movie with my father. The ending is not perfect, but I like it very much. The filming was excellent.
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They gave Van Damme more lines in this one but he still sounds like he's eating a boiled sweet. They had a crack at a decent script too and for once he's not just a meat head getting by on fight choreography, well he is for the most part, but the storyline is much better than his offerings to this point. They even surrounded Van Dmme with decent actors you've actually seen before, Cynthia Gibb and Robert Guillaum crop up for instance. The plot has him going undercover in a jail to suss out why inmates are dying by the bucket load. Things are going swimmingly until an old adversary shows up to expose JC as a cop and take him out; as you can imagine this makes Van Damme very cross and he sets about wiping the floor with the nasty new arrival. Although it's forgettable stuff, it's above average for an early Van Damme and originally went under the title "Dusted".
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Format: DVD
[MOVIE | 3 out of 5]
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).

[VIDEO]
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)

[AUDIO]
- 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

[SUBTITLES]
English HOH, Danish, Dutch, French, German HOH, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish

[EXTRAS]
- Theatrical Trailer
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