The world's martial arts championship isn't a sport: it's a war when Van Damme enters the arena. Heroic, handsome Jean-Claude Van Damme makes his screen debut in Bloodsport, the stirring brawlfest about the first Westerner ever to win the Kumite, Hong Kong's fierce, single-elimination, full-contact fighting competition. The future could be history in the powerful sci-fi adventure Timecop, as a dangerous, time-traveling politico (Ron Silver) sets out to change the past so he can pave his career path to the White House. But Time Enforcement Commission cop Van Damme is on his trail. Where he goes, searing action and soaring thrills follow.]]>
Bloodsport / Timecop (Action Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
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BLOODSPORT:being the older and cheaper of the two films you would expect it to have the worst video and audio and it has.The picture is fine though compared to dvd,could it be better,yes,but for the price i paid i don't think so.The audio in my opinion is worse than the video(i know its only DTS-HD 2.0)but i still had to adjust my system(which isn't the greatest i will admit)a lot to get the best sound possible.
TIMECOP:the audio(5.1 DTS-HD) and video are good,easily way better than the dvd.The picture is really good thru out and it holds up well even with the more modern CGI effects.The opening scene in particular is excellent.
I don't own either film on dvd but i have seen them a couple of times on dvd.
So for 12/13 dollars they are worth getting especially if you are a JVC fan.
Bloodsport is arguably Jean Claude Van Damme's greatest martial arts film. Is it because of the amazing action? Not really? Deep and involved story? No. None of that here. Fantastic acting? Now you're making me giggle. Bloodsport hit a moment in time when martial arts movies were on the upswing and put out a kind of film that transcends your conventional concepts of what to find in a fighting film. In a very real way this helps negate the lack of a real plot or compelling character acting.
So what makes Bloodsport the exception to the rule? In a word: tournament. This is movie at its heart is all about a martial arts tournament. Sure there is a notoriously evil villain and a manhunt by the military. Sure there is a love interest and tragedy among friends, but all of that is really either just window dressing or distraction from the real reason the movie rocks. What you get in Bloodsport is the showcasing of martial arts from all over the world. Different styles going toe to toe against each other in a winner takes all full contact competition. Not since Bruce Lee's Game of Death has a movie taken the time to show varying forms of fighting.Read more ›
As one of the co-hosts for the podcast Don & his Amazing Friend, our show monthly digs into the archives of the 1980s for films beyond the mainstream. In January our movie of choice was Bloodsport and I loved it! It definitely is one of the few movies to escape from Cannon films and still hold up so many decades later...even if some of the tales of Frank Dux does not.
Fans of 1980s cinema and martial arts who have never seen Bloodsport should give it a try. There's a decent plot, some fun fighting, and a style of guerilla movie making that rarely exists today. The filmmakers got quite a bit of mileage on a limited budget. Plus, there's awesome 80s music from Stan Bush (of "You've Got the Touch" fame). While never at risk of earning any form of Academy Award, you'll spend 90 minutes thoroughly entertained.
Timecop (which we have not reviewed as yet) also holds up well. The movie has a unique approach to time travel and a stellar performance from villain Ron Silver. I especially love the final third of the movie where we get two Van Damme's for the price of one!
The price for these two movies is a steal. Really the only downside is that there are no special features for either movie. I would love to listen to a Bloodsport audio commentary reuniting the cast to reflect on their experiences and how it changed their careers...heck one of the supporting cast is Forrest Whitaker for god's sake!
Action fans, this Blu-ray is for you!
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5 stars for BLOOD SPORT ALONE TIME COP IS JUST AN EXTRAPublished 1 month ago by The Dragon/Wind Ninja
got these for my husband and he was so excited, of course I love these movies too lolPublished 1 month ago by kym banner
Blood sport is one of his greatest movies. Timecop is good but not great in my opinion. Some people seem to be hating on blood sport acting or other points but the acting is fine... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Simon
Bloodsport captured my imagination as a kid and it still hits the nostalgia button for me as an adult. It's not a great movie, but one of the best in this genre.Published 3 months ago by Thomas B
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