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JCVD (2008)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Mabrouk El Mechri  |  R |  DVD
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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 (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PWY4NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "JCVD" on IMDb

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

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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Astonishing Masterpiece February 4, 2009
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kicks Just Keep Gettin' Harder to Find May 14, 2009
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JCVD - What A Movie! February 6, 2009
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to the man, the myth, the legend: JCVD March 2, 2009
The Jean Claude Van Damme Review Matrix (JCVD-RM)

1. Who is he? JCVD is JCVD
2. Which family member/friend must be avenged? Himself
3. Does he take his shirt off? No, but he wears his heart on his sleeve
4. Does he have sex with a C-List actress? No, but he gets screwed in the end
5. Is there a tournament? Well, court is kind of like a double-elimination tournament
6. Is training needed for this tournament? No, but law school would have been nice
7. Does he do the splits in training or in the tournament? Unfortunately not
8. Does he punch someone in the balls? Punch + Kick = SWAT officer gets carried away in agony, desperately craving an ice pack like a long lost lover
9. Does he do a series of flying or 360 kicks? More than enough to satisfy a true JCVD fan
10. Is his enemy unbeatable? How does one truly conquer one's own demons?
11. Does he overcome an injury or other hindrance? In life, in court, and in a precarious post office predicament, JCVD is constantly plagued by his own shining star.
12. Does he win? The most revealing win of his career.

Beginning with an introspective peek inside production at a JCVD movie, we learn that he is no longer the man he once was. Sure, he's still dynamic, powerful, and above all a bona fide superstar, but he's also not quite as capable as he once was at a younger age. Despite the fact that he's 47 - something his new director disregards like a slave driver - he still manages to put together a pulse-pounding intro in a single take, with multiple attackers, countless weapons, a wall falling over like in a Buster Keaton movie, and even his patented testicle attacks.

The plot of the movie itself is rather ingenious.
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1.0 out of 5 stars jcvd
this was not one of his good movies, i love his acting but not the movie. this must have been a low budget movie.
Published 1 month ago by DONNA WEBERNICK
5.0 out of 5 stars quite the suprise
Really enjoyed it, its not high drama the way I've heard it described, but it was very enjoyable.
Jcvd is excellent as himself, and it's beautifully shot, there are a few... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Miles
3.0 out of 5 stars Essentially black and white, low-budget simple story
The movie is not really worth paying for more than maybe a few bucks. There is not much going on in the movie and pretty much everything is explained in the descriptions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GetReal
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprise! There is depth, and no typical Hollywood ending!
I saw the trailer years ago and was intrigued, but didn't get to see it. I just got it on Netflix and it far exceeded my expectations. The depth of JCVD soul is on display. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lightspeed
5.0 out of 5 stars The Muscles from Brussels is Back
Fans of kung-fu flicks and "bad movies" rejoice! JCVD makes a movie about JCVD, called "JCVD". It's a legitimately good movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michigoon
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good
I guess when u need the money or want to show yrslf then u make a move I FF through the whole movie
Published 4 months ago by GORDON R CARTER
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing movie
Amazing Jean Claude Van Damme movie, Inspired from his real life, the scenario is a fiction tho.
go for it you won't be dis appointed
Published 4 months ago by zama
5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise. Didn't expect this to be good, and it was great.
So after seeing that Volvo commercial I thought it wouldn't hurt to see a cheesy JCVD movie. I'd heard this one was actually good, but was sceptical, hoping more for campy humor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
I was surprised that Van Damme could actually act. I didn't see much for martial arts, so it looks like he has come a long way in his career as opposed to all his films before.
Published 5 months ago by Jacob Stockwell
4.0 out of 5 stars JCVD - older and wiser
JCVD takes a sober look at JCVD in this movie - with good action and interesting plot twists. Entertaining and unexpectedly honest.
Published 6 months ago by D. Witham
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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 Mike Sehorn |  See all 2 posts
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