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  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X1BYN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Timecop [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

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 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."

Customer Reviews

Good storyline with decent action movie acting.
Melvin Yee
If you like Sci-Fi movies you are sure to enjoy watching this one.
Ray562
Most of the movies he makes I really don't like.
Lee Jordan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 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 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 26 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gypsymuse on May 30, 2006
Format: DVD
YES!

I agree with the other reviewers!

This is the one VanDamm movie I LOVE and when I found it in my one used shop I was so extatic I never looked to see screen format! I never though that it would be Full Screen@!#!*!%!!!!!

Ye Gods!

it totally ruins that wonderful sceen in the kitchen of him doing the splits!

Hey ya I'm a red-blooded female...and I can go OUCH at that scene too! that stunt hurts to do and man.....Whistle.....Looks very nice!

The cropping really really ruins the impressive impact of that scene and I've not see the picture since it first came out

it was really a Disappointment when I saw FULL SCREEN

Come on UNIVERSAL!!!

WE WANT WIDE SCREEN!

FULL PICTURE!!!!

this is a fantastic action picture and a crying shame to see it in full screen only!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cain on August 25, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I think that for a movie that professes to be nothing more than what it is this movie rates high. It is pure science fiction, action. escapism. Nothing more - nothing less. It is pure entertainment. All right so its hard to understand Jean-Claude all the time but they gave him a superlative supporting cast of actors, especially Ron Silver who is always good, who basically carry the movie. The martial arts were kept controlled to the story line and there actually was a story. This movie was not meant to explore the deeper meaning of life. For that go see "The Big Sleep" with Humphrey Bogart. For pure entertainment

get this one. In my opinion Jean-Claude's best movie, through no fault of his own. A great flick. For those nay-sayers out there GET A GRIP.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DocSmithers on December 13, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Uh...where is the widescreen version? Its not saying much, but this might be Damn's best film besides Bloodsport, and no widescreen transfer? Hmm....

It's been about 6 years since Timecop was originally released on DVD, time for a new widescreen release!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
Format: DVD
Universal has been steadily improving it's DVD product line. The only company currently listing detailed information like whether or not the movie was recorded in a single versus a dual layer, Universal seems to have the archetypal DVD customer in mind all the way.
In light of this, it's all the more disappointing that the only feature worth mentioning about Timecop is that it has Dolby Digital sound, and is captioned and subtitled. Unlike almost every other major title on the market, Timecop doesn't even have a widescreen format. Heck, the Laserdisc version has widescreen--what the h*ll happened here?
This is a shame, since Timecop is probably Jean-Claude Van Damme's best film. I know this isn't saying much, but even I have to admit that the Van Damminator has a certain endearing, if not annoying, action hero charm. And unlike Steven Segal, Van Damme allows his character to be hurt in fight scenes.
Without any special goodies to mention, I can only close with a brief review of the story. Written by comic book scribe Mark Verheiden, Timecop is as good a time travel action flick as I've seen. Highlighted by a deliciously slimy acting job by Ron Silver (and a more thoughful and believable Van Damme), Timecop is just the kind of bubblegum your brain will want to chew on "movie night".
Raincoaters will also appreciate the brief but steamy love scene with the stunningly attractive Mia Sara (of "Ferris Bueller" fame).
I can only recommend this if you're a Van Damme fan who has to have it... END
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