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Belly of the Beast [Blu-ray] (2003)

Steven Seagal , Byron Mann , Siu-tung Ching  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steven Seagal, Byron Mann, Monica Lo
  • Directors: Siu-tung Ching
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004USUP1C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Steven Seagal is Jake Hooper, once an operative on the inside on his way to retirement, when he receives some startling news. While vacationing in Thailand, his daughter has been kidnapped by a notorious terrorist group, Abu Karaf. The C.I.A. launches an attack mission to save her, but that's not good enough for Hopper. He has never been one to play by the rules and this time there are no rules.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bashful's DVD Summary #006 January 3, 2004
Format:DVD
Best:
1) Steven Seagal gets back to his eastern martial arts roots.
2) The shoot-'em-up scenes were sweeping and included lots of people.
3) The girls held hostage weren't just whimpering kittens waiting to be rescued.
4) The acting, dialogue and editing was smoothly done.
Worst:
1) The hero characters seem to have supernatural abilities when it's cool to watch, then lose it whenever the filmmakers choose.
2) Seagal relied heavily on a stunt double for many of the fight scenes.
3) There are no special features on the disk.
Recommendation:
If you're a big action and/or martial arts fan, you'll definitely want to see this one at least once. If you often rewatch movies like this, you'll want to buy it. The lack of any special features, however, is a big factor in deciding that the going price may be too high for some people.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good review for a change July 14, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have read reviews about Seagal and his movies and I don't see anything good mentioned. His movies never claimed to be "high art" or have a lot a lot of special effects. You get plain, solid action. I really like Belly of the Beast. Steven was very good.In the belly of the beast he is unrelenting in getting his daughter back. Review of his movies talk about Seagal's bad acting and that is not the case in this movie. The girl who is his daughter might be guilty of bad acting but not Seagal. Judging but his reviews everyone thinks he sucks. If he does why do you keep going back and watching the movies? I say if you can't write a decent, fair review of Seagal and his movies then just dont' bother to rent or buy them. As for me I really like them and I hope he contines to make more even if they are "straight to dvd".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for later stage Seagal October 4, 2004
Format:DVD
In the late 1980s and early 1990's, it looked as though Seagal would join the ranks of Hollywood's top action stars. You would hear his name in the same sentence with Arnie and Stallone, no small feat indeed. And to a large degree, Seagal's films deserved the comparison. "Under Siege" was a winner, as were "Hard to Kill" and "Above the Law." The actor's greatest appeal isn't hard to fathom; Seagal embraced a brutal form of martial arts that, at least onscreen, allowed him to slap down thugs, break bones, and wreak massive havoc without batting an eye. Literally, Seagal would stand in place and put down one goon after the other with an ease that looked not only natural but also realistic. I still enjoy watching that pool room scene where Seagal's character used pool cues, billiard balls, and whatever else he could lay his hands on to put out the trash. Alas, how the mighty have fallen. The early 1990s may as well be ancient history as far as Steven Seagal is concerned. Although he's still capable of making a few moderately entertaining films, which "Belly of the Beast" ultimately is, far too often we're seeing movies like "The Foreigner" and "Ticker."

Seagal plays international man of mystery Jake Hopper, a guy who used to work for the CIA, the DEA, the FBI, or a dozen other intelligence gathering agencies--take your pick. As the movie opens, we see Hopper and his partner Sunti (Byron Mann) setting up a bunch of drug dealers in Thailand. Something goes wrong, probably a double cross, and the two agents must fight their way out of the building. In the process, Sunti accidentally kills a mother holding her infant child. He's so torn up over the incident that he goes off to join a Buddhist order, presumably leaving Hopper partnerless and a little lonely. Flash forward ten or so years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is The Title Referring To Seagal? February 26, 2005
Format:DVD
Ol' Slabface is back and still doing his thing, only recently it's all been downgraded to the direct-to-video market(like we didn't see this coming years ago). Steve plays an ex-CIA agent who has to jump back in action after a ten year......oh, hell, who cares? It's Seagal being Seagal, who gives a rat's behind if he's ex-CIA, a cop, a SEAL, a cook, a dance instructor, etc? In this film he gets bit by the Bronson bug as his daughter is kidnapped by terrorists in Thailand. He teams up with an old CIA buddy turned monk(actually a very cool character that upstages Seagal), and go on your typical B action film rampage to get his daughter back. You get the bad techno music, the good guy who's really the bad guy, Seagal's irritating way of cocking his head from side to side when he speaks, the gang of thugs who start a fight with Seagal in a bar(or in this case a dance club)for no real reason other than to show another Seagal action sequence. And speaking of Seagal action sequences, the process of film editing has become Seagal's best friend as it tries to hide his lack of physical speed. This is done by speeding up the film when needed as well as going into slow motion. By the climax of the film a supernatural element is thrown in at the last minute in the form of a Steven Seagal voodoo doll! The final fight scene has Seagal and villian shooting at one another(Seagal with gun, villian with bow) in a hallway and it's done with that crappy Matrix "bullet time" technique. I thought it looked silly in the Matrix, but this has to be one of the most inane things I've ever seen. If you can make it through the final battle without laughing, you're a much better man than I. But as much as I rip on Slabface, I have to love him or else I wouldn't bother watching these films. Just keep it under your hats, people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Director Is King, Seagal Is Not
A Steven Seagal DTV movie that's actually good? Pinch me! Yes, "Belly Of The Beast" is widely considered to be one of Seagal's best DTV movies, although the credit goes... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Cobalt
5.0 out of 5 stars ne of My Favorite Seagal Movies
I have seen just about all of his movies and this is one of my top 4. I have watched it several times and enjoyed it each time.
Published 1 month ago by Ellen F. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Steven Seagal movie ever
Belly Of The Beast is an awesome Steven Seagal film, and it's one of the best action films I've ever seen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fuwwyfootpaws
5.0 out of 5 stars STEVEN SEAGAL BELLY OF THE BEAST
STEVEN SEGAL IS ONE OF MY FAV ORITES AND VERY SELDOM IS SWEAR WORD USED. I LIKE HIS CD BECAUSE IT IS FAST MOVING.
Published 4 months ago by M. Cann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie. Stupid dvd cover.
If an ego is a prism, Seagal is a chandolier; how could he not be offensive? But he has also been the standard bearer of usa martial arts cinema for decades in part because one of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. Coonen
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
It was a huge gift n it came on time, n my mommy enjoyed it alot n adding the movie to her collection.
Published 6 months ago by Tray
5.0 out of 5 stars Belly of the Beast
I love Steven Seagal and I love this movie. He is so great in his action parts wow. buy it
Published 13 months ago by Linda Winnell
3.0 out of 5 stars Belly of the Beast
Once again, Seagal has come up with a pretty good movie. I enjoyed the story plot and action. However, he could gain a better grasp on the language if he tried. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John E. Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Steven Seagal getting old?
I've watched most of Steven Seagal movies. Among his best movies are the ones he made in the 90's. Movies such as Under Siege, Hard to Kill, Fire Down Below, The Glimmer Man, and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Victor M. Sanchez II
5.0 out of 5 stars Alrighty Now
Lots of real action awesome i love it i really like S Segal movies they are all action packed thanks
Published 18 months ago by Pauletha Williams
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