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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Directors: Mabrouk El Mechri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Peace Arch Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PWY4NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,204 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "JCVD" on IMDb

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Jean-Claude Van Damme gets caught in a real life hostage situation and must fight his way out.

Review

The best movie Van Damme ever made --Time Magazine

Funny, nimble, knowing, gracious, and kickass. --Entertainment Weekly

Must be seen to be believed. --Variety

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Williams on February 4, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Now like many I too accept that Jean Claude Van Damme isn't the greatest actor in the world. He's an action hero after all and much like Steven Seagal, he's someone we wouldn't usually expect a 5 star acting performance from. He's just used to kicking people in the head and looking all attractive whilst doing so. Now he's older and currently a man who's career was absolutely dying a death, at least until this film was made and now he has the possibility to be back on form and revive his career as a more serious actor.

So what makes this film different from all the rest? I hear you ask. Well for one he's not playing some clichéd character who you end up shouting "kick his head off" at. He's actually playing himself in a fictional setting and as strange as it sounds it actually allows him to display much more acting talent than you would have first thought.

So what's the film about? I hear you secondly ask. Well, JCVD's life isn't going too well and is constantly in battle to win movie roles but is constantly beaten by his rival Steven Seagal. His wife has divorced him and is in legal battles for the right to have access to his daughter. He also has quite a few tax and money troubles to boot, so to escape his troubles he decides to go home to his native Belgium only this isn't as peaceful as he'd hoped.

Upon his arrival in Belgium he goes into a Post Office, and after his fans tell a local policeman that the legendary Jean Claude Van Damme is home and in the local post office. Then out of nowhere a gunshot rings from the post office sending people into a panic and shocked that it turns out to be the movie star himself holding up the post office, or is it?
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Karen Shaub on May 14, 2009
Format: DVD
JCVD is just what all the other reviews claim, it is a tour de force for Jean-Claude Van Damme the actor. If you're renting this expecting anything at all in the way of action then you are going to be extremely disappointed because apart from the opening scene (which turns out to be a scene from a movie he is supposedly filming) there is a total of two kicks, an elbow, and maybe a punch. I think that perhaps as Van Damme nears 50 has realized that his career as an action star is living on borrowed time and that this film might serve as his calling card to the world of serious film-makers, at least in Europe. And it definitely does that in a most impressive fashion. With the making of this film the Muscles from Brussles proves himself to be undoubtedly the most talented thespian of all kwailo martial artists, and probably most Asian martial artists as well. Here he presents himself as amiable-- though world weary, down trodden, and scrambling to hold together the last vestiges of his fading career, and he does so very convinvcingly. Its been said that the most difficult thing for an actor to play is himself. If that's the case then Van Damme deserves an Oscar.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert Witmer on February 6, 2009
Format: DVD
I came upon a crowd outside a movie theater bearing the title: JCVD. The theater is jammed with dedicated fans having memories of Van Damme's past International super star status from the 1988 Bloodsport.

What a movie! It likely surpassing the collective expectations from the start of the entire audience. The opening scene rocks. A 4-minute film within a film begins with vintage-like Van Damme moments of high energy action. This single-shot sequence unfolds vamping up Van Damme's pre-existing persona in dynamic fashion. Then this incredible assembly of action ends with a hilarious fake wall falling over when a door is simply slammed too hard by a winded and exhausted Van Damme blithely complaining to a movie director, who couldn't care less (as in real life), that he is 47 and it is simply too hard to do these mad action scenes at his age!

The film then pivots under the young but world class directorship of Mabrouk El Mechri to the main story, where the audience is treated to a Van Damme they have never seen before acting with incredible depth and character. This transformation from a shallow bigger-than-life action hero to portraying true down-to-life emotions will be worth the admission alone.

Van Damme's dramatic performance and his featured monologue --- are remarkable. The director caught Van Damme on film in a way to make any audience celebrate with rousing enthusiasm alongside Van Damme as he convincingly relates his belief in the American dream, then address his marriage and drug problems of his past, and how he wants a second chance to make a difference in the world. It is one of those cinema moments bordering on being a masterpiece; it re-invents Van Damme.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marvelous on March 13, 2009
Format: DVD
I'm going to keep this review short, because there are plenty others that have went into fine detail about the film. I must confess that I was a hugh Van Damme fan all through the 90's. Since Bloodsport, all the way till Maximum Risk I've always paid to see his films. As we all know he fell off making only R rated films all through the 2000's, but I feel JCVD is his tickets back into a second wind of stardom!

I never thought through his career that he acted badly, as some others protrayed. But in JCVD is definitely showed that he is without a doubt, an actor! I feel this movie opens the door for more great films to come from him.

Also, the film is partly in French, which really isn't all that bad, because I'm a big fan of films being authentic. Regardless if you are a fan of Van Damme's or not, this is worth at least checking out once.
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Will this version of JCVD be in english or will there be sub titles?
Most of the film is in french, which is Jean-Claude Van Damme's native language, with a little english thrown in here and there. There is an option to switch to the english version if you don't feel like reading subtitles.
Apr 6, 2009 by N. Jones |  See all 2 posts
Stupid question, but does this version have Van Damme dubbed..
Nope, not in the Region 1 version, here.
Feb 24, 2012 by Michael Sehorn |  See all 2 posts
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