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The Blood of Heroes (1990)

Rutger Hauer , Joan Chen , David Webb Peoples  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 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: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEBX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Blood of Heroes" on IMDb

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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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Terrible DVD February 26, 2004
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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
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, not so great DVD version November 26, 2004
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 great deal
great deal and it came fast!
Published 4 days ago by jason
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like those kind of movies
This is a cult classic in the same vein as Mad Max. If you like those kind of movies, or Rutger Howard, then watch this movie.
Published 4 days ago by C. Reich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 13 days ago by Shannon Daubner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 2 months ago by meaner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am a Jugger.
Published 2 months ago by Gregg Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Rutger Hauer Fan...
You have to see this for fan cred. Not a big budget picture and not an award winning script, but a good solid story.
Published 5 months ago by DaBear
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is the s+=$!
Rutger is the man. Hollywood sold out when it gave up on gems like this. Lame individuals in groups now rule. Too bad nobody has a mind of their own anymore. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stacy Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars For a very long time my fave RH movie.
For those that don't know this inspired college legues of juggers to spring in existence.
This is the short US version. The ending is different. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Craig M. Houck
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Subtitles
I didn't read closely enough.

Love the movie, but it's subtitled throughout.

Odd that it's spoken in english and subtitled in english. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jharmon64
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie!
This is a great movie!! Very low budget but everything is done very effectively. It proves that one can produce an awesome action movie without the billion dollar budgets.
Published 6 months ago by James Boling
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