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Timecop [HD DVD]

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Product Description

In this "pumped-up adventure packed with white-knuckle thrills" (Associated Press), time travel is not only a reality, but an opportunity to alter the past for power and profit. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in the sci-fi thriller that mixes hard-hitting action with awesome special effects, romance and murder. Ron Silver co-stars as Van Damme's cunning adversary in what People magazine touts as "clever and original, Timecop is a thinking man's movie."

Pay no attention to the fact that Timecop is an insult to intelligent science fiction, and that it gradually succumbs to an acute case of the sillies. It is a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, after all, so check your brain at the door and enjoy this action flick set in the year 2004. Van Damme plays an officer in the Time Enforcement Police, assigned to prevent criminals from traveling to the past with the intent of altering the future. Ron Silver plays the evil politician who plots to retrieve a stockpile of gold from the Civil War to finance his latest campaign. The film is clever to a point, and entertaining if you can ignore the dumb jokes and inconsistencies. Best of all, it's an above-average vehicle for Van Damme (relatively speaking), who gets to kick some villainous butt and share a few scenes with Mia Sara, who plays the Timecop's wife. As Van Damme fans can tell you, this is one of the action star's better movies. --Jeff Shannon

Product Details

  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Gloria Reuben
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Mark Verheiden
  • Producers: Moshe Diamant, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X1BYN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Timecop [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on December 31, 2003
Format: DVD
Apart from the _Terminator_ series, there haven't been all that many SF time-travel action thrillers. There have been time-travel _movies_, but they're generally not action flicks. (_Somewhere in Time_, for example, is primarily a romance, and the brilliant _12 Monkeys_ isn't about "action.") Of course there's Nicholas Meyer's excellent _Time After Time_, which isn't as well known as it should be.

And there's this one. It's not (just) a Van Damme vehicle, though it works well enough for fans of the Muscles from Brussels. It's also a fairly well constructed and enjoyable SF movie.

SF readers be warned: it does _not_ have the logical tightness of Robert A. Heinlein's early time-travel stories ('By His Bootstraps', 'All You Zombies'), or even of the first _Terminator_ film. But as Heinlein found in later life, an unalterable past/future just doesn't make for very exciting drama. (As of _The Cat Who Walks Through Walls_, RAH was officially allowing the past, and therefore the future, to be changed.)

For this film, director Peter Hyams and screenwriters Mark Verheiden and Mark Richardson (also the writers of the Dark Horse comic on which the film is based) borrow liberally but loosely from Poul Anderson's Time Patrol stories. Since (according to this scheme) a physically feasible means of time travel not only exists but can be used to change the past, there will be all sorts of baddies around who will try to adjust things to their own advantage. So there will have to be some time-travel cops who intervene to preserve the 'real' timestream.

Van Damme is one such cop. And in this film he's pitted against Ron Silver, well cast as a crooked politician who wants to rearrange things so that he becomes dictator of America.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By the gunner VINE VOICE on March 23, 2008
Format: HD DVD
Time Cop DVD

Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as a time-traveling law enforcement officer whose mission is to prevent and/or apprehend anybody from traveling back in time for their own personal gains. You know that as soon as humans invent Time-Travel someone will be abusing the invention.

Highly recommended for fans of Jean-Claude Van Damme and the book The Time Machine (Signet Classics)

Gunner March, 2008
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on July 21, 2002
Format: DVD
For a film that was shot in full anamorphic Panavision 2.35:1 by a very good director/cinematographer I find it very weird that Universal would only release this in cropped format. Many other people have expressed their disappointment in other reviews about this but I must let you know that the R2 version IS in widescreen. If you must by this film then get the UK Region 2 version. The Dolby 5.1 soundtrack remains the same but the movie is shown in it's correct OAR. And that is what matters most.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Reedy on February 13, 2008
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
Alright, first things first: this movie is by no means great cinema. The plot holes will make you nuts if you think about it too hard and the acting is, well, it's a Van Damme movie, so you know going in that there are no award winning performances. That said, the movie is a whole lot of fun - the action is great, the one liners are cheesy fun and Mia Sara is stunning.
The HD has a good picture, definitely a major improvement over the old standard edition DVD. The old DVD was pan and scan, the HD version is 2.35:1 1080p. The sound is much better as well.
If you've seen it before and liked it, I recommend picking it up. The price is good as well - I expect with the format war nearly over that more HD DVD prices will drop, allowing those of us who took the plunge to at least score some discs on closeout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on January 11, 2009
Format: DVD
The Jean Claude Van Damme Review Matrix (JCVD-RM)

1) Who is he? Max Walker, a law enforcement officer for a government organization that regulates and monitors time travel. He protects the past from those who would take advantage of the technology, like Biff and Skynet.
2) Which family member/friend must be avenged? Unfortunately for JCVD, and 80s movie fans everywhere, he must avenge his lovely wife who learns that nothing is unblowupable.
3) Does he take his shirt off? Only once, and he's shredded.
4) Does he have sex with a C-List actress? This is the pinnacle of JCVD's legendary black book. He bags Mia Sara, the same gorgeous young lady who played Sloane Peterson from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
5) Is there a tournament? There is no tournament, just a race to fight crime.
6) Is training needed for this tournament? One does not simply travel into the past without training, or a Delorean.
7) Does he do the splits in training or in the tournament? He CONSTANTLY does the splits. In the kitchen; in the living room.
8) Does he punch someone in the balls? First JCVD beatdown of the movie = stick to the junk
9) Does he do a series of flying or 360 kicks? Oh hell yes. This is classic Van Damme.
10) Is his enemy unbeatable? He's fighting time travel, government corruption, and futuristic weapons...that's about as close as you get to unbeatable.
11) Does he overcome an injury or other hindrance? I've never been shot while wearing a bullet proof vest, but it looks like it would hurt like hell. JCVD shook it off like a champ.
12) Does he win? No, and then yes, and then no again, and eventually yes. Awesome.
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