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Hard Target blu-ray
on 6 August 2013
Always had a soft spot for Hard Target. Being a fan of John Woo and Van Damme's earlier work I was always going to find enjoyment in this one, despite the critics labelling John Woo's Hollywood debut a failure. Even with the clashes between the director and his star during production they produce a fun, ultra-violent, entertaining ride. It is still my favourite Van Damme film to date creatively mixing up his martial arts with brutal gun-play.
Now on to this blu-ray release. Picture quality wise it looks excellent! Colours are vivid and detail sharp. Having watched the film multiple times on VHS and then DVD it is a noticable improvement. Watching all those bloody squibs explode and Yancy Butler's eyebrows in hi-def was a real thrill! The cut of the film is exactly the same as the previous DVD release by Universal which I'm led to believe is uncut as far as the violence is concerned, though the are alternate and deleted scenes out there that have appeared on TV and extended bootleg versions. Where this blu-ray is a major let-down comes in form of the added features... of which there are none. Not even a trailer is present on the disc! Such a disappointment that in the 20th anniversary of it's theatrical release some sort of special edition couldn't be put together with deleted scenes, featurettes or commentaries. But for action fans the film is well worth a watch, for the last 20 minutes alone!