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Universal Soldier: The Return [Blu-ray] (1999)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Bill Goldberg , Mic Rodgers  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bill Goldberg, Heidi Schanz, Michael Jai White, Xander Berkeley
  • Directors: Mic Rodgers
  • Writers: Christopher Leitch, Dean Devlin, John Fasano, Richard Rothstein, William Malone
  • Producers: Adam Merims, Allen Shapiro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R88C68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Universal Soldier: The Return [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), the heroic former Universal Soldier, is about to be thrown into action once again. With the Cold War over and defense budgets slashed, the entire Universal Soldier team is facing elimination, including SETH, the super-computer that controls the ultra-warriors. Knowing that his days are numbered, SETH decides to seek revenge by destroying his creators and implementing a reign of terror on the outside world. Morphing into human form as the quintessential Universal Soldier (Michael Jai White), SETH begins to unleash his wicked plan with the aid of his top soldier (Bill Goldberg). When conventional military strength fails to thwart his efforts, Luc must take charge. As Luc faces SETH and his team of unstoppable soldiers, a battle pitting man against machine and good against evil ensues, offering the kind of high-intensity sci-fi action you't soon forget.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars saw the movie at the theater ... October 17, 1999
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there was a short recall of some scenes from the original universal soldier movie to connect to this sequel, but not enough background on the events that led to luc devereaux's wedding and becoming a father. i think the newsreporter's character was a waste of time in this movie since all she did was get in the way. the action was not lacking in this film though it could have used more of the humor from the original movie. i guess i expected a continuation of the original characters as the made for tv movies (universal soldier II & III) did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Pathetic. So Bad it Defies Belief. May 4, 2001
I have seen some Bad Action movies in my time, but nothing could have prepared me for "Universal Soldier - The Return". It makes your average Straight-to-Video Action film look like "Die Hard".
Once Again, Van Damme Surrounds himself with Poor Actors so he looks All the Better. Only Michael Jai White Stands a Cut above the Rest as the Super villain. Goldberg's is one of the most Moronic, Annoying Performances I've Ever Seen in my Entire Life. Every time he Opens his Mouth, a Plethora of Crap Dialogue and Horrendous Acting follows. Some may blame the Dialogue, but many films in this genre have Bad Dialogue, it`s the Actors Job to make it sound good, Sadly, Goldberg is No Actor.
"Universal Soldier 2 - The Return" has, on the surface, Everything a By-the-Book Action Flick Needs, the Obligatory scene at a Strip Joint, (here they have to go there to use their Computer... Try to Stomach That) The Love Interest (an Exact Copy of the Love Interest in the Original, but Far more Aggravating) and Plenty of Action... (one such scene includes a Wrestling match with Goldberg against 2 Hospital Orderlies that are Bigger and more Muscular than Van Damme and Goldberg Combined) It's a Shame that the Action is Poorly Shot, Poorly Edited, Poorly Conceived, Poorly Timed, Poorly Choreographed, and Poorly Performed.
If you've Seen the Film, you know what I'm Talking about, If you Haven't seen it; you haven't the Faintest Idea what I'm Talking About. There is No Reason I can Think of to Recommend this film to Anyone, except maybe people who like to Torture themselves. But Average Joe's like Me, if you are Listening... Run, Run Away from this Movie, Don't Even Look at the Cover... If it's One your TV, Smash your TV, if a Friend Hires it, Get New Friends, If Van Damme Himself Pleads with you to Watch it, Chastise him for me and Every Other fan of the Truly Classic Original "Universal Soldier", a film that will Never be the same Again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Action,and more van damme action! January 2, 2000
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Part 2 of universal soldier(universal soldier-the return)this movie is about one man fighting against tons of unisol soldiers, that are 2.5 times stronger then any man. The main computer goes out of control. I won't go into detail, cause i don't want to ruin the movie, but Jean-Claude Van Damme Pulls out some awsome martial arts foot action in this movie. The best fighting scene yet of jean claude is in this movie. This movie has some comedy scenes,as well as action. Bill goldberg does an outstanding job in this film. I just don't see how this didn't become a big hit in the movie theaters. I rent movies qite often and i think jean claude movie gets so underated. If you u were to pick out the latest top 10 movies, jean claude movie should be atleast a 3 on the top 10 list. so if you want a great hit, this movie is a must see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terminator and War Games with a JCVD twist! May 31, 2009
The Jean Claude Van Damme Review Matrix (JCVD-RM)

1. Who is he? Luc Devereaux, the only remaining Universal Soldier (UNISOL) from the first experiment. He now serves as technical expert to UNISOL 2500, the second generation, which has resulted in a stronger, faster, more deadly warrior.
2. Which family member/friend must be avenged? Not only does Dr. Dylan Cotner (Xander Berkeley) - the lead project scientist - get fried, but his daughter also falls into danger.
3. Does he take his shirt off? No, but Romeo (professional wrestler Bill Goldberg), the alpha male of all the UNISOLs, is constantly shirtless.
4. Does he have sex with a C-List actress? I hoped that there'd be copulation with his partner Maggie (Kiana Tom), but sad disappointment hit me when the credits rolled.
5. Is there a tournament? No structured tournament.
6. Is training needed for this tournament? As a regeneration from the first experiment, JCVD has all the training he needs
7. Does he do the splits in training or in the tournament? The splits are in full force when JCVD delivers a sack-stretching spin kick to SETH (Michael Jai White) - Self-Evolving Thought Helix - the advanced computer system controlling the new genetically enhanced soldiers that implanted its programming and consciousness into human form.
8. Does he punch someone in the balls? Since the UNISOLs don't feel pain, but need to breathe, the throat-shot replaces the groin-shot in this one.
9. Does he do a series of flying or 360 kicks? OMG! I'm dizzy!
10. Is his enemy unbeatable? SETH isn't quite SkyNet, and the UNISOLs aren't quite Terminators; so, JCVD has a manageable, yet difficult foe.
11. Does he overcome an injury or other hindrance?
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh the humanity! February 26, 2005
There are bad movies, and then there are BAD movies. "Universal Soldier: The Return" is a cosmically bad movie, a movie so poor in every aspect of its execution that one would have to look to "Manos: The Hands of Fate" for comparison. The first "Universal Soldier" film was a moderately entertaining shoot 'em up flick starring action stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and "Rocky" refugee Dolph Lundgren that essentially accomplished what it set out to do: people perished in violent ways, stuff exploded, and Van Damme and Lundgren beat each other into bloody pulps at the end of the film. Even the presence of the charming Ally Walker as Van Damme's female sidekick greatly helped the film. The movie garnered enough attention and fans to merit the release of a special edition DVD some time back. It unfortunately also garnered enough attention and fans to merit this unredeemable piece of trash sequel. The second, and one hopes final, installment in a franchise that should never have become a franchise achieves such heights of utter banality and stupidity that I sat in open-mouthed awe watching it. I think I can safely say I am less of a person for having sat through this atrocity. Expect to spend a few days in a coma after the credits roll.

Van Damme returns as Luc, the reanimated soldier who triumphed over the forces of government sponsored evil in the first film. On this outing he now works for Dr. Dylan Cotner (Xander Berkeley), a scientist who reconstituted the universal soldier program with the help of his supercomputer S.E.T.H. Luc, with his female sidekick Maggie (Kiana Tom), helps design and run training missions for a new batch of super soldiers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars nice to watch and love owning it
for someone who likes Jean-Claude Van Damme this is one of his movies, nice to watch and love owning it.
Published 1 month ago by manatee
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Soldier: The Return Universal Soldier: The Return
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Published 2 months ago by Mindy
3.0 out of 5 stars If you follow the movie series!
Not good nor a bad movie. Plenty of references to the previous movies and excellent video shots footage and background.
Published 11 months ago by Bruce A. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Universal Soldier
This movie is the typical Universal Soldier movie. It has everything you would expect from a Jean Claude Van Damme movie
Published 13 months ago by Chris D. Chervenka
3.0 out of 5 stars "The created has become the creator."
Jean Claude Van Damme returns to one of his most popular roles in his first sequel, a film that ignores two made-for-television sequels, and would itself be completely ignored by... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mantis
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Soldier: The Return
It Met Good Satisfaction
And Had Good Super Quality
Has The Best Picture No Skipping
Just Movie Perfect
& Is Totally Awesome
I Recommend It For... Read more
Published 15 months ago by M.C. Shadow
5.0 out of 5 stars I have all of the universal soldier movies
He makes the undead alive and well. Always entertaining, never boring. And the other characters are very good actors. Great movie
Published 16 months ago by dutchess
2.0 out of 5 stars If James Cameron sucked...
If James Cameron was a bad filmmaker, Terminator would have looked like Universal Soldier. Seriously, 68 reviews and no one has mentioned how blatantly this movie rips off... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nick Lombardi
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I was pleased with the condition it was in when I received it, but this movie is awful. Even White as the villain couldn't make up for the crap they shove down your throat in this... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dr. McBadass
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Start. Suffer The Rest.
"Universal Soldier: The Return" starts out with a quiet, peaceful swamp scene which is very suddenly interrupted by a chase involving about a half-dozen speed boats. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gary Peterson
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