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The Blood of Heroes (1990)

Rutger Hauer , Joan Chen , David Webb Peoples  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen, Delroy Lindo, Anna Katarina, Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Directors: David Webb Peoples
  • Writers: David Webb Peoples
  • Producers: Brian Rosen, Charles Roven
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEBX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,636 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Blood of Heroes" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Sometime in the future, the only sport of surviving in a wasted world is the brutally violent sport of "Jugging." When Sallow, a merciless champion, loses his toughest player in a battle, he takes on Kidda, an agressive young female apprentice. Togehter

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Play hard, you'll forget the fear. " October 6, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was glad to see this movie finally get released on DVD. My friends and I saw this back when it came out in theaters, and it worked well for what it was, a movie about a post apocalyptic sport where the goal is to put a dog skull on an opposing teams' post starring Rutger Hauer? We were so there. And we weren't disappointed.

Rutger Hauer is Sallow, a once great player in the sport, made a mistake of getting too close to a woman outside his class, and is now reduced to playing matches outside of the system, in the rugged, barren, waste world. His team of 'juggers' consists of five people, including himself. There's Young Gar (Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio), Mbulu (Delroy Lindo), Big Cimber (Anna Katerina), and Dog Boy (Justin Monjo). Each player has his or her own responsibilities, but the main goal is to protect the runner, as that is the player that handles the dog skull, and will ultimately decide the outcome of the game based on his/her ability to place the skull on the opposing team's post. The sport is quite brutal, leading to severe injuries, and, sometimes, even death. No penalties, no rules, anything goes. Sallow and his group travel from town to town, challenging the home team, squeaking out a living. The ultimate goal is to win enough games for the honor to petition the league to compete in the league, opening up a world unknown to many as league players are treated very well. Joan Chen plays Kidda, a wannabe runner who gets into Sallow's clan when Dog Boy is injured. Poor little Dog Boy...anyway, as she learns the ropes, Sallow's team advances, and finally collects enough dog skulls (victories) to petition the league. What happens then? Watch and find out...

I enjoyed this movie, even though it's a familiar story.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Terrible DVD February 26, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this movie in the theater long ago, and could hardly wait for it to come out on DVD. But when it did... Ouch.
Three HUGE problems with the DVD: 1) The color/brightness are terrible, some scenes so dark that they're almost impossible to see -- you have to crank up your TV's brightness to get a clue. 2) The sound is totally muddy -- several lines we had to replay to decipher at all. And 3) why is there no widescreen option?
All of these problems could have been avoided. In theaters, the movie was widescreen, well-lit, and sounded good.
Lions Gate has taken a great post-apocalypse action movie and released a DVD that's best used as a coaster for your drink. I love the movie, but DO NOT BUY THIS DVD.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor version of a great movie January 7, 2005
Format:DVD
As commented on before this is a very poor quality copy of a great movie, it appears as though someone made the dvd off an old worn out VHS copy that was used as a door stop for 10yrs. The picture is very grainy and washed out and the sound is about 1/2 the volume of other movies. As a matter of fact i have a very old VHS copy of this movie i copied from hbo about 15yrs ago and it still looks better than this one. Thanks to Amazon as always for even having the movie available.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, not so great DVD version November 26, 2004
Format:DVD
I love Salute of the Jugger (a.k.a. Blood of Heroes). This movie is a classic. It is one of the very few worth while, sci-fi, bleak future, bloodsport movies. For fans of post-apocalyptic movies and even for cyberpunk genre fans this movie is a must-see.

Unfortunately the DVD version is not very good. At least 9 minutes have been cut from the TV version of the movie. (Warning, spoiler ahead) I fast forwarded through the TV version I have on tape once I had finished watching the DVD version and for one, the ENTIRE post-showdown ending of the original movie is gone, cut in favor of an over-simplified ending that makes it look like Rutger Hauer's character, Sallow, actually came out ahead in stead of leading his team to victory only to be himself banished back to the wastes.

As for my rating, the movie itself gets five stars.

The DVD version loses:

1 star for for crappy vocals. The audio (effects and music) wasn't bad over all, just the vocals in too many places.

1/2 star for not being in wide screen. Not having seen it in theaters I've only ever seen it in full screen, so I'm not that annoyed by the film being full-screen only.

1 star for a completely dumbed down and quite frankly, stupid version of the ending.

The DVD version gains:

1/2 star for simply bringing this great movie out on DVD!!!

Net rating:

3 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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It's been stated before, but I'll state it again; This is a great movie. I own both the VHS and DVD versions of the film but was very disappointed in the DVD release. Presumably, they used the best film version they had to create the DVD, but it still suffers from a decided lack of post-production work. In many scenes the color is washed out, and for the life of me I don't understand why they couldn't have done something about the cigarette burns (used in theatres to to signal an upcoming reel change) which are present in the DVD version.
The upshot is that for all the advantages DVD has over VHS, I would suggest you consider purchasing the VHS version over the DVD version. Beyond the usual trailers for other movies, the DVD version offers nothing that the VHS version doesn't already have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Post apocalyptic rugby?? Yes please!
This is my husbands favorite movie, I wouldn't say that but, it was very entertaining. It's the classic underdog story in a wasteland of blood and dog skull football!
Published 2 months ago by A. J. Koch
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this little sci fi
It is totally made up of a world that they don't explain at all. it just focuses on the game and the players with a backdrop that is better than mad max like. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PB
5.0 out of 5 stars scy-fi sports
truly cult following quality sic-fi film. post apocalyptic future, where traveling teams of warrior athletes compete to make the ultimate win, and play for a city team.
Published 3 months ago by david thorpe
3.0 out of 5 stars The Blood of Heroes
violence yes indeed clearly not for young people or anyone who acts out what he sees; these heros play a game from town to town gathering skulls the prize get enough and you... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matthew T. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie!
I saw this movie when i was really young and loved it ! , me and my cuzin would set up two shoes across the hall from each other a tennis ball in the middle and go at it trying to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mach 1 Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars LOW BUDGET PLEASURE
This low budget scifi/post-apocalyptic movie is a pleasure to watch. Hauer plays a past master of a brutal fighting sport, and Chen is the young master-to-be. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lao T. Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
Exciting movie, and Hauer shines as the hero! Joan Chen was amazing, being such a feminine appearing woman playing such a physically violent role.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Try something (new) old... :)
An old but good movie. Altho the quality wasn't as good (resolution) as some other movies it was watchable therefore enjoyable.
Published 7 months ago by Christiano
4.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoyed it
Still enjoyed this movie pretty much the same way I did when I first saw it when it came out. The video itself was a little fuzzy in the beginning but the rest of the video was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elaine
1.0 out of 5 stars This review is for DVD, not the movie!
The movie is great. It is one of the Classics. No question about that.
However, this DVD is crap. The ending is not the original one. Read more
Published 8 months ago by adams
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