Iceman 3D (2014) Review

"Ice Man" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Ice Man" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director: Law Wing Cheong
Producer: Stephen Shiu Jr., Stephen Shiu, Gao Jun
Writer: Mark Wu, Lam Fung, Shum Shek-yin
Cast: Donnie Yen, Wang Baoqiang, Eva Huang Sheng Yi, Simon Yam, Lo Hoi Pang, Jacqueline Chong Si Man, Lam Suet, Benny Chan Ho Man, Mark Wu You Fai, Hu Ming
Running Time: 104 min.

By Paul Bramhall

2014 has been a busy 12 months for Donnie Yen, with Special ID, The Monkey King, Kung Fu Jungle, and Iceman 3D all hitting cinema screens over the course of the year. This is on top of the movies he’s already started production on, which are due for release in 2015. So it’s fair to say the guy has a very full plate on his table. The question is of course, with such a packed schedule, is the quality of the productions being affected by working on so many movies at once?

While at the time of writing, Kung Fu Jungle has yet to be released, Special ID and The Monkey King both drew heavy doses of criticism, and while both had their supporters, it was fair to say that the majority seemed to give them a thumbs down. I myself was scarred by the experience of Special ID, and The Monkey King didn’t particularly appeal. For the purposes of this review, I’ll be completely transparent and say I didn’t have any intention of watching Iceman 3D, a remake of the 1989 movie The Iceman Cometh. While some fans hold the original in high regard, for me (with the exception of the final fight between Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah) it’s a largely forgettable piece of Hong Kong cinema.

So the news of a remake, which is being split into two parts no less – that gives us Donnie Yen in place of Yuen Biao, and Wang Bao Qiang in place of Yuen Wah – was hardly an attractive sell. Nevertheless, circumstances converged to find me watching Yen’s latest effort, so I was prepared to go in with an open mind. To my surprise, I found Iceman 3D to be an entertainingly dumb experience. It’s dumb on an epic scale, in a way which is best described as combining the genius/grating comedy of The Lucky Stars movies, with the big budget action of a Hollywood blockbuster, while still maintaining that certain level of charm that so many of Hong Kong’s 1980’s output had.

Within the first few minutes we’re subjected to Donnie’s rocket powered pissing power, as he relieves himself of several centuries worth of holding it in. This scene essentially acts like a calling card for the rest of the movie; kind of like a “This is what you’re letting yourself in for, if you don’t like it, turn off now.” Sure enough, the movie proceeds to deliver on the early promise shown in that first scene, with Yen at one point dispatching of a whole SWAT team through the use of a toilet filled with his exploding feces. Yes, you read that line correctly. He also gets fart jokes as well, so he’s basically given the chance to express the whole human digestive process through what we’re supposed to believe is comedy gold.

Of course, it isn’t. However, things move along briskly, and there’s a high level of energy throughout the proceedings, which somehow makes its stupidity somewhat charming. Iceman 3D also deviates form the original in that Yen has to deal with not just one frozen comrade from the past, but two. Wang Bao Qiang and Yu Kang play the thawed out soldiers pursuing Yen through modern Hong Kong, however compared to the raping and pillaging of Yuen Wah in the original, they surprisingly lack any real sense of villainy. Instead, we’re given a series of mildly amusing scenes in which they indulge in a variety of different curries, and there’s a genuinely amusing karaoke scene.

Instead of being a pair of villains for us to root against, Bao Qiang and Kang are actually rather likeable. This is backed up by the fact that the very reason they’re after Yen is for a crime he didn’t commit, as it becomes gradually clear through the flashbacks to the past that Yen has been framed by some higher power, no doubt to be revealed in Iceman 3D 2. What’s more surprising is that it’s actually Yen himself who gets the most brutal scene of the movie, were he dishes out some serious pain to Lam Suet that’s reminiscent of some of Yuen Wah’s scenes from the original. It’s moments like this which define the rather schizophrenic nature of the remake.

Being a Yen movie, many will go in with the expectation of wanting to see some kung fu action, and it’s probably the movie’s lack of this which has resulted in it drawing a lot of disdain from other reviewers. That’s not to say the movie doesn’t have action, it does, and a decent amount of it, however, just like Yen’s exaggerated bowel movements, the action is equally exaggerated. From ancient warriors snowboarding down the side of a mountain, to the final confrontation on a traffic filled bridge, those looking for Yen to get his hands dirty will be left wanting, as there’s a lot of wire-work and CGI in the action scenes. Fans may be pacified by the nightclub fight, which does remain largely grounded, and features Yen’s trademark split second flurry of punches, but overall the action goes for fantastical rather than grounded.

That being said, the tone of the action scenes is perfectly aligned with the tone of the rest of the movie. Silliness is the order of the day here: Yen running around Hong Kong in possession of an ancient penis (note: not his own); Yen able to perfectly use a tablet less than 5 minutes after seeing one for the first time; Simon Yam’s exceptionally strange hair; and Eva Huang’s awkwardly staged English language scene.

Of course there are also downsides, which include the odd, not-so-subtle swipe at Hong Kong, which was no doubt inserted into the script for mainland appeal (in one scene, Huang explains to Yen how when she first arrived in Hong Kong and spoke Mandarin, everyone would look down on her, to which Yen cheesily responds, “We are weird xenophobic beings.”) However, these unintentionally amusing exchanges are still a lot more palatable than the usual in-your-face flag waving that these movies find themselves subject to these days.

Speaking of nationalistic undertones, Iceman 3D also deserves special mention in that it’s the only Hong Kong  kung fu movie I’ve seen in recent times which features a finale pitting Chinese vs. Chinese. Refreshingly, there is no sudden plot twist involving Japanese or Western villains being shoe horned into the plot (I’m looking at you True Legend). It’s simply a good old fashioned good guy vs. the bad guys. Of course as I mentioned, the story leaves on a cliffhanger to set us up for Iceman 3D 2, and I have to say the closing twist involving Simon Yam actually comes over as being quite smart. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say the twist may go a long way to explaining exactly why Bao Qiang and Kang aren’t portrayed as being particularly villainous; at the same time, there’s a hint that the whole thing could be wrapped up by the arrival of some evil Japanese again. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t go down that path.

All in all, Iceman 3D probably isn’t what most Yen fans wanted, and it’s probably not the movie a lot of traditionally minded Hong Kong movie fans wanted either, but it is an unpretentious and, dare I say, fun, 100 minutes. Perhaps that’s enough.

Paul Bramhall’s Rating: 7/10

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September delivers Yen, Lau, Leone, Sakaguchi, Walker, Mothra, Godzilla, Gangsters, Psychos and more!

Osaka Badass | DVD (Pathfinder Home Entertainment)

Osaka Badass | DVD (Pathfinder Home Entertainment)

It’s the tail end of the summer and it’s time to cool off and catch up on some must-see movies! So, get ready for the latest roll of new Blu-ray & DVD releases handpicked by cityonfire.com!

For the month of September, we have an amazing list of action, sci fi, gangster, cult, horror, martial arts, kaiju flicks, Asian shoot ‘em ups and even one of the most important Anime series of all time!

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the titles, we’re hoping you’ll click on our Amazon.com links to show your support towards cityonfire.com.

14 Blades: September 2, 2014

Anchor Bay presents the Blu-ray and DVD for 2010′s 14 Blades, starring Donnie Yen and directed by Daniel Lee (White Vengeance). 14 Blades is a kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Yen) in the emperor’s court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues.

Baby Blues: September 2, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Baby Blues, directed by Leong Po Chih (Hong Kong 1941). When a young couple moves into a home, they find a doll that changes their lives forever (and not in a good way). Originally released in 3D during its 2013 theatrical release, Baby Blues is bound to please The Ring and The Conjuring fans.

Space Raiders: September 2, 2014

Scorpion Releasing presents the DVD for 1983′s Space Raiders, directed by Howard R. Cohen (Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans). If you need something to hold you down while waiting for Star Wars: Episode VII, I have two words for you: Space Raiders! This entertaining cult/sci fi flick features recycled footage, special effects from music from 1980′s Battle Beyond the Stars. Hey, at least they were being resourceful, right?

Tomio: September 9, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the DVD for 2011′s Tomio, a Japanese horror film directed by Junji Ito (writer of Uzumaki). Based on Ito’s manga franchise, Tomie, Yuki Furukawa plays a young man named Tomio who visits a fortune teller with his girlfriend. While there, he meets a sexy and mysterious older woman (Aya Kiguchi) who clouds his mind. Tomio features creature effects and make up supervised by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police).

Brick Mansions: September 9, 2014

Fox presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Brick Mansions, a remake Pierre Morel’s Parkour-based action film District B13 (aka Banlieue 13). It stars the late Paul Walker, RZA and Parkour co-founder David Belle (who is reprising District 13 role), and like the original, the plot is as follows: An undercover cop tries to take down a ruthless crime lord with access to a a neutron bomb by infiltrating his gang.

Horror Mansion: The Blind: September 9, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the DVD for Ochazukenori’s Horror Mansion: The Blind, a 2011 Japanese horror flick. One night, Sakura (Aizawa Rina) witnesses a murder through the blinds of her apartment. However, she is unable to identify the killer because he’s masked. The more Sakura thinks about it, she begins to suspect her older sister’s boyfriend as the murderer! Horror Mansion: The Blind features creature effects and make up supervised by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police).

Mothra Triple Feature: September 9, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for the Mothra Triple Feature. In 1996′s Rebirth of Mothra, the three-headed Desghidorah begins to destroy Japan, so Mothra leaves her island paradise to help save it. In 1997′s Rebirth of Mothra II, two young kids unleash a giant sea creature. Mothra’s keepers, the tiny twins Moll and Lora, quickly rouse the gentle giant in order to combat this latest threat to peace. In 1998′s Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah returns to destroy the Earth. Now it’s up to Mothra to stop it!

Godzilla Double Feature: September 9, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for the Godzilla Double Feature, featuring 2002′s Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and 2001′s Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. In Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla: After the appearance of a new Godzilla, the government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked in 1954. In Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla.

Godzilla 2000 –  US & Japanese Cuts: September 9, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for 1999′s Godzilla 2000, which features both the 99 minute U.S. version 99 minutes, and the 107 minute Japanese version! The action heats up when a UFO reveals itself as a massive alien monster with awesome destructive powers. The alien monster heads straight for the behemoth Godzilla who’s just crushed the entire city for the battle of the millennium. But Godzilla’s furious heat beam may not be enough to destroy the death-dealing alien, and the future of humankind is in jeopardy.

Friend 2: The Legacy: September 16, 2014

Inception Media presents the DVD for Friend 2: The Legacy. Directed by Kwak Kyung-taek, Friend 2 (aka Chingu 2) is an upcoming South Korean film about three generations of gangsters, starring Yu Oh-seong (Friend), Joo Jin-mo (A Better Tomorrow) and Kim Woo-bin (Runway Cop). It’s the sequel to the 2001 box-office hit Friend, which was also directed by Kwak Kyung-taek.

Evil Feed: September 16, 2014

Screen Media presents the DVD for Kimani Ray Smith’s Evil Feed. A group of young martial artists infiltrate an underground pit fighting ring where the loser is chopped up and served in a Chinese restaurant called The Long Pig… two men enter, one course leaves! If you tap out, you’re take out!

Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Edition: September 16, 2014

MPI Media Group presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Tobe Hooper’s 1974 cult horror film Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In this new 40th Anniversary Edition, the classic film has undergone a new 4K restoration by NOLO Digital Film.

Warrior Princess: September 16, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Shuudertsetseg Baatarsuren’s Warrior Princess (aka Queen Ahno), Mongolia’s highest-grossing film to date! In a time when honor was everything, discover how one woman’s (Otgonjargal Davaasuren) sacrifice inspired the courage of a nation’s army in their fight for freedom! Based on the true story of Queen Ahno of Mongolia, who gave her life to save her husband and sons in battle.

Godzilla (2014): September 16, 2014

Warner presents the Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD for 2014′s Godzilla. In this sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world’s most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Firestorm: September 23, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Firestorm, starring Andy Lau. This high-octane action/thriller is set in modern day Hong Kong. It follows Lau as a senior police inspector out to bring a vicious gang of thieves to justice.

Found: September 23, 2014

Xlrator presents the DVD for Scott Schirmer’s Found. Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over his life. Classmates won’t stop picking on him, his parents don’t understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it — his big brother is a serial killer!  Found is known of its gore and disturbing subject matter. Nevertheless, it’s critically acclaimed for being a work of cinematic art!

Game of Assassins: September 23, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Matt Eskandari’s Game of Assassins (aka The Gauntlet). A group of misfits find themselves trapped in what they believe to be an underground incinerator, and come together in the hope of discovering a way out. But they quickly realize that to get out alive, they’ll each be tested in ways that are specific to their past – ways that will leave their future changed forever. Game of Assassins stars Dustin Nguyen (Once Upon a Time in Vietnam), Bai Ling (The Crow), Jaime Ray Newman and Warren Kole.

Danger Dolls: September 23, 2014

Millennium Entertainment presents the DVD for Danger Dolls, directed by Shusuke Kaneko, creator of the 1990s Gamera series, the manga-inspired Death Note films and Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, which many consider to be the best entry in the entire Godzilla film series. Danger Dolls follows a quartet of cute idol singers who moonlight as butt-kicking action heroines.

Robotech: The Classic Collection Vol. 1: September 23, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for the Robotech: The Classic Collection Vol. 1, a 4-disc set that includes Episodes 1-18. This action-filled collection that contains the landmark 1985 television broadcast version – along with the original and uncut episodes from the Japanese series The Super Dimension Fortress Macross.

Samurai Cop: September 30, 2014

Cinema Epoch presents the Blu-ray for 1991′s Samurai Cop. Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazer) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) team up to take on the Yakuza in this 1991 cult classic. Directed by the late Amir Shervan (Killing American Style), Samurai Cop found a whole new audience during its midnight theatrical circuit and film festival re-release.

Krull: September 30, 2014

Mill Creek Entertainment presents the Blu-ray for 1983′s Krull, directed by Peter Yates (Bullitt). This British-American, fantasy-science fiction film follows a prince and a fellowship of companions who set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet. When I was a kid, I used to think this movie was about an oversized ninja star!

Osaka Badass: September 30, 2014

Pathfinder Home Entertainment presents the DVD for Takahiro Ishihara’s Osaka Badass (aka Snake of Violence). This crime-filled epic revolves around three troubled youth and their intense history with the Yakuza. Elitsi calls Osaka Badass “A higher class of cinema.” Osaka Badass stars Tak Sakaguchi (Versus), Takashi Nishina, Kanade Matsuzaki, Takaya Yamaki, Arata Yamanaka and Nanako Kodama.

Osaka Violence: September 30, 2014

Pathfinder Home Entertainment presents the DVD for Takahiro Ishihara’s Osaka Violence. After witnessing a gang murder, 12 year old Masashi asks his father what he’d do if he were killed by a Yakuza. Exact vengeance his father promptly replies. The next day, in an unfortunate turn of fate, Masashi’s father is hospitalized with serious injuries, leaving Masashi on his own. Osaka Violence stars Ryosuke Kimura, Shouji Oomiya, Yuusuke Mizuno, Taro Saba and Hisashi Ueno.

Stunt Squad: September 30, 2014

Raro Video USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1977′s Stunt Squad, directed by Domenico Paolella (Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon). Also known as Elimination Force or La polizia è sconfitta, this poliziottesco film stars Marcel Bozzuffi, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Riccardo Salvino and Claudia Giannotti. The character of Mezzogiorno is described as “perhaps the most gruesome and ruthless villain of the Italian crime cinema.”

American Muscle: September 30, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Rafvi Dhar’s American Muscle. Falcon (Nick Principe) did 10 years of hard time in prison, now he’s got 24 hours to get revenge on every person who sent him there. It isn’t exactly a post-apocalyptic flick, but judging from the trailer, it has enough road action, sex and brutal violence to keep up us pre-occupied until Mad Max: Fury Road finally gets released.

Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut: September 30, 2014

Warner presents the Blu-ray & DVD combo for 1984′s Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut, directed by Sergio Leone (Dollars Trilogy). The Extended Director’s Cut (251 minutes) contains the Extended Director’s Cut, the 1984 theatrical edition, Digital HD with UltraViolet, plus the 32-page book with rare photos and chronicles of the movie’s production,

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John Travolta enlists in John McTiernan’s actioner ‘Warbirds’

"Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

John McTiernan – the legendary director behind Die Hard, PredatorThe Hunt for Red October and Die Hard with A Vengeance – is ready for action, following his 10-month imprisonment for the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal.

Upon his release in February 25, 2014, he landed the duties of directing a mercenary thriller called Red Squad (which is currently in development hell), but now, he has another project in the works titled Warbirds.

According to THR, Warbirds is a Top Gun-like action flick, which will be incorporating heavy CGI: “it’s sort of the dog-fighting movie of all time they couldn’t make when they had the real airplanes because it’s too damn dangerous,” reveals McTiernan.

John Travolta (Face/Off) has signed up for the lead. Queen Latifah and Johnny Knoxville have been approached. According to McTiernan: “They are trying to put in Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it’s a bad idea. I have to convince them not to.” McTiernan plans to start shooting Warbirds this autumn. Stay tuned!

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Deal on Fire! District 13 Collection | Blu-ray | Only $11.49 – Expires soon!

"District 13 Collection" Blu-ray Cover

"District 13 Collection" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for the District 13 Collection, which includes 2004′s District B13 (aka Banlieue 13) and its sequel, 2009′s District 13: Ultimatum, starring David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli. The original is directed by Pierre Morel (Taken) and both films are written and produced by Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element).

Fun Fact: The first film was the subject of a Hollywood remake titled Brick Mansions, starring the late Paul Walker and RZA, with David Belle reprising his character.

Order the District 13 Collection from Amazon.com today!

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Gary Daniels’ ‘Misfire’ gets a brand new trailer

"Misfire" Theatrical Poster

"Misfire" Theatrical Poster

Martial arts star Gary Daniels (Bloodmoon, The Expendables) is back with a new action film called Misfire. Directed by R. Ellis Frazier (Dead Drop), the official plot of Misfire centers arounds a hardened DEA agent names Cole (Daniels), who descends into the dangerous underworld of Tijuana, Mexico in search of his journalist ex-wife who he believes has been abducted by a charismatic Cartel boss with aspirations for public office.

Judging from the available footage, Misfire is more of shoot ‘em up, with no signs of hand-to-hand combat; so those expecting to see Daniels in Bloodmoon-mode may be a little disappointed. But then again, it’s only a teaser trailer, so it’s probably too early to jump to conlusions.

Fans of Gary Daniels (Tekken) must be creaming their pants by now. The martial star has a string of upcoming films that include Tekken: Kazuya’s RevengeSkin TraffikZero Tolerance and Bullpen Fight Club. We assume that Daniels’ other two films – Blackwater and Soldier Girls – are dragging in development hell.

Updates: Misfire will be released on DVD by Image Entertainment. You can pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com, which will be released on October 21, 2014. Watch the new trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Enjoy a new trailer for the film!

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Wesley Snipes to make a sharp return in ‘Blade 4′?

"Blade: Trinity" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Blade: Trinity" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Fresh off Expendables 3, his first theatrical release since 2009′s Brooklyn’s Finest (due to his two and a half year prison sentence for tax evasion), Wesley Snipes may be reprising his role in Marvel’s Blade action franchise.

According to NY Daily News: “Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in Blade, the 1998 vampire thriller that made more than $130 million and generated two sequels. Sources close to Snipes tells us the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 is ‘looking good’ and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.”

Nothing is official yet, but we’ll keep you in the loop. Considering the troubles regarding 2004′s Blade: Trinity (Wesley clashed with director David S. Goyer, due to creative differences; the film proved disappointing, both critically and commercially; and the fact that Marvel now holds live action film rights), we’ll be surprised if the series moves forward with Snipes. In this day and age, producers are more about rebooting franchises with hot young stars, and not with has-been actors who have recently had legal troubles. But, hey, we’re rooting for Wesley!

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Cityonfire.com’s ’14 Blades’ Blu-ray Giveaway! – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

14 Blades | Blu-ray & DVD (Anchor Bay)

14 Blades | Blu-ray & DVD (Anchor Bay)

Cityonfire.com and Anchor Bay are giving away 3 copies of Donnie Yen’s 14 Blades to three lucky Cityonfire visitors.

To enter, simply add a comment to this post with your answer to the following question: What’s your least favorite Donnie Yen film? Please explain. We will be selecting a winner at random. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you for your home address. Additionally, you must ‘Like Us‘ on cityonfire.com’s Facebook by clicking here.

The Blu-ray & DVD for 14 Blades will be officially released on September 2, 2014, so we will announce the 3 winners on August 31, 2014 and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by August 31, 2014 to qualify. U.S. residents only please. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. Winners must respond with their mailing address within 48 hours, otherwise you will automatically be disqualified. No exceptions. Contest is subject to change without notice.

WINNERS: Lee Golden, Akim and Sito. You have been notified via email!

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Does the ‘Escape From New York’ remake have its new Snake Plissken?

"Escape From New York" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Escape From New York" Japanese Theatrical Poster

For a little while there, it looked like we were going to get a reboot of Escape From New York reboot from New Line Cinema with Breck Eisner (Sahara) in the director’s chair and Gerard Butler wearing the eyepatch originally made famous by Kurt Russell. The project eventually fell through and New Line let the rights to the franchise expire. Now Hollywood mega-producer Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Predator) has swooped in to secure the rights to the 1981 cult film directed by John Carpenter.

The plan? To turn Escape From New York into its own trilogy of films, supposedly modeled after the Planet of the Apes films. There are no directors or actors attached to this potential remake so for now it’s in the early, early stages. Considering that the original Escape was only able to spawn one universally-disliked sequel, though, it’ll be interesting to see how Joel Silver plans to turn this into a trilogy.

Updates: According to New York Daily News, Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are up for the role of Snake Plissken. | Producer Joel Silver spills details about the Escape From New York trilogy, courtesy of Collider. Apparently, Silver is influenced by Rocksteady’s Arkham City video game.

BREAKING NEWS: Collider reports that Silver Pictures and StudioCanal are making moves and have their eye on Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), Jon Bernthal (TV’s The Walking DeadThe Wolf of Wall Street) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) to portray the new Snake Plissken. Stay tuned…

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Deal on Fire! Iron Monkey | Blu-ray | Only $5 – Expires soon!

"Iron Monkey" Blu-ray Cover

"Iron Monkey" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Yuen Woo-ping’s Iron Monkey, also known as Iron Monkey:The Young Wong Fei Hong

This 1993 martial arts film is a fictionalized account of folk hero Wong Fei-hung (Sze-Man Tsang), his father Wong Kei-ying (Donnie Yen of Special ID), and their encounter with Iron Monkey (Yu Rongguang of Champions).

Iron Monkey was ranked in Empire’s “The 100 Best Films of World Cinema” in 2010. So, what are you waiting for?

Order Iron Monkey from Amazon.com today!

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New North American trailer for Donnie Yen’s ‘The Iceman’

"Ice Man 2" Teaser Poster

"Ice Man 2" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: Donnie Yen is stepping into a role made famous by Yuen Biao with a 3D remake of the 1989 Hong Kong martial arts film The Iceman Cometh. Iceman is directed by Law Wing-cheung (Punished). Donnie Yen stars alongside Wang Baoqiang (Fire of Conscience), Simon Yam (Ip Man), and Eva Huang (The Sorcerer and the White Snake).

During production, it was decided that Iceman would be split into two films (ala Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2). Iceman was release on April 2014, while Iceman 2 will be released in December 2014. | Watch the Teaser trailer.

Updates: A new Iceman trailer has been released. | Watch music video for Iceman. | Newest trailer. | 2nd music video, this time in Cantonese with extended footage. | Three new behind-the-scenes featurettes. | New trailer for Iceman. | Final Iceman trailer has landed online! | Newest theatrical poster.

The first poster for Iceman 2 has been released. We should be seeing a trailer soon. - Thanks to DiP and Filmmash.

BREAKING NEWS: Enjoy a new North American trailer for The Iceman, courtesy of Well Go USA. You can look forward to the film’s limited theatrical release on September 19th, 2014.

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Never mind The Expendables, ‘Raw Force’ is coming to Blu-ray!

"Raw Force" Theatrical Poster

"Raw Force" Theatrical Poster

Vinegar Syndrome has just announced a Blu-ray/DVD combo release for the 1982 cult classic, Raw Force (aka Kung Fu Cannibals or Shogun Island), a U.S./Filipino martial arts action film directed by Edward D. Murphy (Heated Vengeance) and starring John Dresden (Final Mission), Geoffrey Binney (Hot Potato), Jewel Shepard (Return of the Living Dead) and Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave).

Raw Force involves a group of mercenaries (headed by Dresden) who arrive on an island to battle a group of cannibal monks, ninja warriors, piranhas and zombies; not to mention a Hitler lookalike, who runs a female slavery operation!

The Blu-ray/DVD combo for Raw Force hits on October 7th. We’ll keep you posted with pre-order information. Until then, don’t miss the trailer.

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Mystic Blade | DVD (Indican Pictures)

Mystic Blade | DVD (Indican Pictures)

Mystic Blade | DVD (Indican Pictures)

RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2014

Indican Pictures presents the DVD for 2013′s Mystic Blade, an English language, Thai martial arts flick, directed by David Ismalone (Ong Bak, Tom Yum Goong 2).

Sam (Don Ferguson of Tom Yum Goong) is a killer by trade, one of a group of merciless men known as the Shadow Syndicate, whose business is delivering fate for a price. But when Sam is asked to erase the line between honor and evil, he turns his back on the Shadows. Now, they want him dead. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Mystic Blade from Amazon.com today!

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Former 007 to team up with the worst filmmaker of all time

"A Good Day To Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"A Good Day To Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Collider reports that Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye, November Man) is teaming up with director John Moore (Max Payne) for an upcoming action flick titled I.T., which is about a publisher (Brosnan) who is tormented, via technology, when his relationship with a young I.T. consultant goes south.

Without getting too much into a bitchy rant, Moore is one of the worst – if not THE worst – filmmakers working today. He managed to ruin (understatement!) the tail end of one of the greatest, most consistent action franchises of all time with A Good Day To Die Hard (2013), a film I describe as soulless, bland, idiotic and an embarrassment to Bruce Willis’ career (I’ll easily sit through any of Willis’ recent straight-to-DVD titles over it any day!).

Can someone tell me why Moore gets work, while a talent like Mel Gibson (Braveheart) is still blacklisted from Hollywood? If you want to talk about “sin” or “disrespect,” watch A Good Day To Die Hard. Stay tuned for more updates regarding I.T. (too bad it’ll be train wreck).

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‘Expendables 4′ in Asia with Jackie Chan and a limited cast?

"Th Expendables" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Th Expendables" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Despite Expendables 3′s box office belly flop – due to the film’s online leakage, according to Lionsgate – Sylvester Stallone remains optimistic about the future of his popular action series. In fact, he’s already laying out plans for the 4th installment.

Here’s what Stallone told CCTV: “As we go on, we will continue to add more stars, more personalities, more athletes, more individuals around the world, not just Americans… hopefully, we’ll be able to film in Asia very soon.”

Stallone also mentions the possible addition of Jackie Chan, who has been linked to the franchise since the original Expendables: “We’ve always wanted to use Jackie Chan. The only reason we didn’t is because there really wasn’t a part big enough for him, because we had so many actors. But in the next one, we are going to reduce the actors, and let’s just say, expand the screen time of each star.”

In addition to Chan, other names – such as Dwayne Johnson, Christopher Lambert, Jean Reno, Pierce Brosnan and Steven Seagal – have been considered for the franchise (see our updates regarding Expendables casting here). Stay tuned with more developments regarding Expendables 4. – Thanks to Expendables Premiere for the scoop

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Bruce Lee: The Legend (1983) Review

"Bruce Lee: The Legend" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Bruce Lee: The Legend" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Writer: Russell Cawthorne
Producer: Raymond Chow, Leonard Ho
Narration: James B. Nicholson

Cast: Bruce Lee, Raymond Chow, Nora Miao, Linda Lee Cadwell, Hugh O’Brian, Betty Ting Pei, Gig Young, Chuck Norris, Robert Clouse, Chuck Norris, Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Andre Morgan, Fred Weintraub

By Matthew Le-feuvre

In 1973, still fresh from the trauma of Bruce Lee’s abrupt and unforeseen death, Golden Harvest decided to produce a full length documentary entitled Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend. Although its aim at the time was an unbiased attempt too show the real personality behind the mythical iconography, unfortunately – admidst all the frantic hysteria; the obsessive behaviour and shallow superstitions – this tribute feature ended up fueling an inferno of controversy, rather than dispel the waging tongues of discontent – namely the media, whom quite drunk on sensationalism reviewed The Man, The Legend as “exploitive” and “capitalistic.”

Understandably, their argument was valid, particularly in regards to incorporating actual sequences of Linda Lee at the height of her grief, as well as extensive footage of Lee’s Hong Kong funeral service. On the other hand, it was a revealing glimpse of Bruce Lee’s humanity or immortality, via transcendence, but somehow Raymond Chow was targeted and pre-judged as an insincere man; an egocentric mogul determined too milk as much box office returns as possible from an all too eager public willing to exercise collective expenditure for the sake of their lost idol. The Same could be said of Lo Wei or the Shaw Brothers.

Sadly, Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend intriguingly morphed into something by way of a double edged sword, an anaemic production that couldn’t really satisfy anyone at any conscious level, either with exclusive interviews, commentary or teasing wisps of ‘then’ unseen Game of Death footage or plot concepts for an unrealized philosophical treatise called The Southern Fist.

Various parts looked and felt as though they were hurriedly edited solely for padding without any significant continuity or explaination for insertion: Wong Shum Leung’s (Bruce Lee’s former second Wing Chun Sifu) Game of Death screen test, for example, is not entirely clarified on first viewing as it was predominantly staged on an interior Enter the Dragon set, featuring Wong and Lee’s adoptive brother, Wu Ng, sparring and performing close trapping techniques. Confusing as this may well be, if extra attention had been focused on proper narration and/or construct, perhaps critics would have been, moreover, receptive to this slightly muddled presentation.

Instead, for reasons of his own – be it creative, economic or financial – Raymond Chow decided to shelve The Man, The Legend indefinitely. However, a decade on, Golden Harvest executives again consigned themselves to remaking a broader, more in depth profile, albeit shortening the original title to just Bruce Lee: The Legend.

Freed from the convention of time and budget constraints, technical motifs of book-like chapter visuals and succinct, yet informative narration opens Bruce Lee: The Legend with a rousing musical score and a superb montage of Lee-action sequences. From there, it gently flows into a carefully edited kaleidoscopic gamut of ‘then’ rare footage, diversifying from Lee’s selected childhood filmography/U.S. television credentials to his subsequent Hong Kong film entries. Interspersed with unavailable stills/photographs and eye witness testimonies, personalities such as the aforementioned Raymond Chow and Nora Miao intimately discuss their friendship, as well as celluloid analogies between Lee’s life experiences and the pictures he made for Golden Harvest.

These absorbing insights not only celebrates Bruce Lee’s enduring legacy, but successfully differentiates the ‘Man’ from the illusion of ‘Star fodder’ – a commodity tagging or representation Lee personally found morose and superficial, as inferred to the late Pierre Burton.

Interestingly, all this mammoth responsibility fell into the capable hands of writer/producer, Russell Cawthorne (the very same man who cameoed in Game of Death ’78 as Billy Lo’s plastic surgeon), an introspective individual, who has often quoted that his associations with Lee were always one of electric.

Indeed, condensing a person’s life into a mere eighty minutes is understandably a challenging task to accomplish, yet Cawthorne’s enthusiasm and objectivity blooms within the context of this unique observation where latter biographies – obviously modeled on The Legend – seem mundane, paceless and absent of passion; bar exception is Toby Russell’s Death By Misadventure (1994), the extensive works of Walt Missingham and John Little’s A Warrior’s Journey (2005).

Today Bruce Lee: The Legend may appear dated and stylistically mechanical (no digital or CGI software here folks!), particularly for contemporary fans. Nevertheless, Cawthorne has left no stone unturned, especially when dealing with sensitive or controversial issues – Lee’s untimely passing or the unfinished Game of Death project: both ongoing and debatable subjects that emerge with regularity.

Still, despite the disadvantage of many alternative prints (some versions have omitted (A), Lee’s screentest; (B) certain Game of Death outtakes or (C) Enter the Dragon montage with revamped musical score.), nostalgically, Bruce Lee: The Legend is as ever a commendable examination into one of the most important, multi-faceted icons of the 20th century, brimming with edifying poise and (a) regality not found in current or extant documentaries produced on the “Little Dragon.”

Matthew Le-feuvre’r Rating: 10/10

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Deal on Fire! Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Collection | Blu-ray | Only $119.99 – Expires soon!

"Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman" Blu-ray Set

"Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman" Blu-ray Set

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray set for Criterion Collection’s Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman film collection. This deluxe set features a string of 25 Zatoichi films, made between 1962 and 1973, in one complete package. That’s about $4.80 a movie.

In addition, you also get a 1978 documentary about Shintaro Katsu, an interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns, trailers for all films, new English subtitle translations, plus a book featuring an essays, short stories and 25 new illustrations, not to mention DVD versions of all the films.

Order the Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Collection from Amazon.com today!

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Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson’s low budget ‘Expendables’ is coming!

"Ring of Fire" VHS Cover

"Ring of Fire" VHS Cover

THE MOVIE: Ever since Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables brought back some of our favorite 80′s heroes to the big screen, action buffs have been dreaming about an Expendables-like film for the other video kings we looked up to long ago: stars like Jeff Speakman (The Perfect Weapon) and Mark Dacascos (Brotherhood of the Wolf).

Well, it sounds like Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson shares that dream as he and a group of producers are reportedly mounting a new project called The B-Team.

At present, it looks like Wilson (Ring of Fire) will be joined by Cynthia Rothrock (Yes, Madam) and Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja) for an action romp in the country of Papua New Guinea. Don promises there’s plenty of room in the screenplay for other notable action stars to make cameos too.

Possible contendors to join Wilson and co. include Richard Norton (Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars), Billy Blanks (The King of Kickboxers), Loren Avedon (No Retreat, No Surrender 2), and the aforementioned Speakman and Dacascos. Thanks to Impact Magazine for the scoop.

Updates: During a recent interview with Don “The Dragon” Wilson, he stated that due to political reasons, the production of The B-Team is “uncertain.” However, Wilson did say he is working on a movie called Blood Raid, which will utilize many of his “B” movie star friends. Click here for the full interview.

BREAKING NEWS: Looks like Don “The Dragon” Wilson’s “low budget Expendables” is still alive and kicking. It may or may not be the planned B-Team or Blood Raid, but it’s definitely close enough! In a recent interview with CMAC’s Debbie Goodman, here’s what Wilson had to say about the upcoming project: “I’m working right now on a film… it’s a cop actioner with a twist. And, umm, you know, I promised I wasn’t really going to use the word ‘Expendables,’ but it’s kind of a lower budget [version] of it, because we’re going to have all the B-movie action stars that you’ve seen. So, in that regards, it’s in action film and it will not have one star – because we each used to carry our own films – but now with all of this together, we’re hoping we’ll have the same success that they had with Expendables. With ours, we’ll have all the B-movie people that you’re used to… Richard Norton, Cynthia Rothrock, Michael Dudikoff… just on and on, as many of them as we can fit on the screen.”

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Deal on Fire! The Last Sentinel | Blu-ray | Only $4.92 – Expires soon!

"The Last Sentinel" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"The Last Sentinel" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for The Last Sentinal, directed by Jesse V. Johnson (The Package). Don “The Dragon” Wilson (11-time World Kickboxing Champion and star of the Bloodfist and Ring of Fire franchise) plays an electronically enhanced soldier who rescues a rebel beauty (Katee Sackhoff from TV’s Battlestar Galactica) from a failed resistance mission.

Fun Trivia: The Last Sentinel is the only Don “The Dragon” Wilson film where Wilson doesn’t use his moniker “Dragon” in the credits.

Order The Last Sentinal from Amazon.com today!

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Sam Mendes’ ‘Bond 24′ to get a Jaws-like villain?

"Moonraker" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Moonraker" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Agent 007′s latest adventure, Skyfall, has gone on to become the most successful James Bond film of all time. With a final gross of over $1 billion worldwide, it’s no surprise that the Bond producers have asked Skyfall director Sam Mendes to return to helm Daniel Craig’s next outing as the super spy.

Latino Review reported that John Logan (Gladiator), one of four credited writers on Skyfall, has already been hired to write the next two films in the franchise.

Update: Screenwriter John Logan told Empire (via Collider): “Right now the first draft is almost done. I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam [Mendes], and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie.”

Logan also mentions the possibility of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. making a presence: “There might be [a presence of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.]! Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have fifty years of movies – 23 movies and all the Ian Fleming novels and short stories, all of which are fodder. And when I’m working on the new Bond I’m constantly going back to Fleming and the other movies – what are the bits and pieces, what are the resonances? One of the things we learned in Skyfall is that the audience really enjoyed those, they enjoyed when they saw the Aston Martin, they enjoyed when we had references to things they grew up with, either from Ian Fleming or from the other movies, and that’s always been a part of my thinking about Bond.” | According to Collider, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Red Belt, 12 Years a Slave) is the top choice for the villain of Bond 24.

During a Charlie Rose interview (via Collider), director Sam Mendes explains why he finally decided to return to the director’s chair for Bond 24: “I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q, I cast a new Tanner… I felt there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story.” The director also states that it will feel like a continuation of Skyfall. Bond 24 has a planned UK release date set for October 23, 2015 and for the U.S., November 6, 2015. | Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) was in talks to join the film.

BREAKING NEWS: According to Collider (via MI6): “Casting has begun for the main assassin, with the search specifically focussed on someone extremely physically fit and over 6′ 2″. Whoever wins the role will have several altercations with Daniel Craig’s 007 throughout the film and also a driving sequence. Former sports athletes will be under consideration along with anyone ‘very unusual’. The character has the working name of ‘Hinx’ (which may change before shooting starts) and is said to be between 30 and 45 years old.”

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Well Go USA’s new trailer for ‘Kundo: Age of the Rampant’

 Kundo: Age of the Rampant | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Kundo: Age of the Rampant | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Kundo: Age of the Rampant (aka Band of Thieves) is a 19th century period action/martial arts film that stars Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) and Kang Dong-won (The X).

Directed by Yoon Jong-bin (Nameless Gangster), the film revolves around a group of righteous thieves who steal from corrupt public officials and give to the poor. But things get deadly when the thieves come across a powerful figure.

Updates: Watch the new North American trailer, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate. And don’t forget, Well Go USA is releasing the Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2014.

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Shogun Assassin | Blu-ray & DVD (Animeigo)

Shogun Assassin | Blu-ray & DVD (Animeigo)

Shogun Assassin | Blu-ray & DVD (Animeigo)

RELEASE DATE: October 28, 2014

Animeigo presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Shogun Assassin, starring the legendary Tomisaburo Wakayama (Black Rain). Shogun Assassin is perhaps the most famous – and bloodiest – samurai film in the Western world. Created by editing together the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films (1972′s Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance and Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx), this ridiculously violent adventure is an entertaining package!

Unlike the currently released Shogun Assassin: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, this new version contains both the Blu-ray & DVD discs.

Pre-order Shogun Assassin from Amazon.com today!

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Justin Lin’s ‘Shaolin Temple 3D’ gets an award-winning writer!

"Martial Arts of Shaolin" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Martial Arts of Shaolin" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Deadline reports that Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious franchise) will be directing a remake of Chang Hsin Yen‘s The Shaolin Temple, a 1982 Chinese martial arts film known for launching the film career of Jet Li. Troy Craig Poon, CEO of Perfect Storm Entertainment – and Lin’s business affiliate – says the plan is to hire “an A+ list Hollywood writer to tackle the story.” He adds “The aim is to make an unprecedented Chinese-based tentpole with story, style and scope that will resonate with global audiences as well.”

Deadline says that the film being “planned as a Mandarin-language effort, although an alternative-language version may be explored as well.” There are currently no cast details or target release date, but pre-production for the film may begin after Lin’s Bourne V feature, which is due for an April 2015 release. We’ll keep you posted.

BREAKING NEWS: Deadline reports that writer/director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James, Killing Them Soflty) will be writing the screenplay.

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Avenging Force | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

"Avenging Force" Theatrical Poster

"Avenging Force" Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: December 9, 2014

Kino Lorber presents the Blu-ray for 1986′s Avenging Force (aka Night Hunter), directed by Sam Firstenberg (Revenge of the Ninja) and starring Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja). Not many people are aware of this tidbit, but in this Cannon cult classic, Dudikoff portrays Matt Hunter, a character previously played by Chuck Norris in 1985′s Invasion U.S.A. So, Jack Ryan, eat your heart out!

This newly remastered Blu-ray for Avenging Force will feature Audio commentary by Dudikoff and Firstenberg, plus interviews and the original theatrical trailer.

Stay tuned for pre-order information.

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Shane Black to bring ‘Remo Williams’ back to the big screen?

"Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Deadline reports that Shane Black (Iron Man 3) has been hired to direct an adaptation of Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s novel series, The Destroyer. The story revolves around Remo, a cop sentenced to a fake death by the government, then trained as an assassin to defend the country from enemies.

The Destroyer was also adapted into a comic book by Marvel, as well as a 1985 film titled Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, which was directed by Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger) and starred Fred Ward as the title character.

In the meantime, Black is has three other movies in the works, including The Nice Guys, a Predator sequel and a possible Doc Savage movie. Stay tuned!

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Missing in Action: Double Feature | Blu-ray (MGM)

Missing in Action: Double Feature | Blu-ray (MGM)

Missing in Action: Double Feature | Blu-ray (MGM)

RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2014

MGM presents the Blu-ray for the Missing in Action: Double Feature, which includes Joseph Zito’s Missing in Action (1984) and Lance Hool’s Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1984/1985).

Fun Trivia: Missing in Action was originally intended to be a sequel to Missing in Action 2 (which was actually filmed before Missing in Action), but when producers realized Missing in Action was the stronger of the two, they swapped the release dates, as well as the titles.

Pre-order the Missing in Action: Double Feature from Amazon.com today!

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Jennifer Lawrence to join Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’?

"The Hateful Eight" Teaser Poster

"The Hateful Eight" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight revolves around Bounty hunters who seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception. The film will star Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins and Zoe Bell.

Updates: Deadline reports that Tarantino has shelved The Hateful Eight, due to script leakage. Allegedly, the script was hosted and distributed by a website called Gawker. Deadline reports that Tarantino has filed a legal complaint against Gawker, charging the website copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. Apparently, Gawker is was blaming Tarantino for making his script a ‘frenzy.’

During a recent live-reading of the “leaked” The Hateful Eight script (featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern), Tarantino announced that he may be filming The Hateful Eight next winter, and it will be based off a newly revised script with a totally new final chapter.

According to numerous sources, The Hateful Eight starts filming in November of 2014. The announced cast includes Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins and Zoe Bell. Although Christoph Waltz and Tim Roth performed at the film’s live-reading, they’re not officially tied to the “movie” version.

In our last update, we reported that The Hateful Eight was to start production in November of 2014. Now, Kurt Russell, one of the film’s stars, told MyFoxPhilly (via Coming Soon/Collider) otherwise: “I’ve got a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year.”

A new teaser poster confirms the The Hateful Eight’s 2015 release date, courtesy of Collider (via Empire). There’s also some talk (Indiewire, via FCS) about a theatrical release of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair – a combined, extended cut of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 – which may also hit in 2015.

According to report from Collider, Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight trailer will debut in theaters with Sin City 2, on August 22, 2014. But before you get excited, keep in mind that the trailer is a non-footage trailer (text and music only).

BREAKING NEWS: According to Collider, Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) is in talks to join the cast.

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Chuck Norris: Triple Feature | Blu-ray (MGM)

Chuck Norris: Triple Feature | Blu-ray (MGM)

Chuck Norris: Triple Feature | Blu-ray (MGM)

RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2014

MGM presents the Chuck Norris Total Attack Pack Blu-ray set. This 3 disc collection includes three of Norris’ most acclaimed films, including an early one by filmmaker Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Under Siege):

Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), starring David Carradine; Code of Silence (1985), starring Henry Silva; and The Delta Force (1986), starring Lee Marvin and Robert Forster.

Pre-order the Chuck Norris: Triple Feature from Amazon.com today!

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Cityonfire interviews the star of the ‘Kickboxer’ remake!

"Kickboxer" Japanese DVD Cover

"Kickboxer" Japanese DVD Cover

THE MOVIE: Radar Pictures is rebooting 1990′s Kickboxer with Hong Kong action director Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) at the helm. The original - which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michel Qissi - was directed by Mark DiSalle (The Perfect Weapon) and David Worth (Lady Dragon).

Newcomer Alain Moussi (see his photo) will be the film’s lead. In addition, WWE star Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists) and UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) have also joined the cast. The film is being written by Jim McGrath (1990′s Elvis TV series) and Dimitri Logothetis (Wings of the Dragon).

The Kickboxer reboot tells the story of David and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a well-known Venice, Calif., fighting dynasty. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong, despite his brother’s protestations that the man is a crook. When Kurt travels to Thailand to meet his brother, he discovers he has died, and seeks his revenge.

Update: In a recent interview with Timeout.com.hk (via M.A.A.C.), Stephen Fung has spilled some details about his upcoming Kickboxer remake. Much like the original, Fung’s movie will be called Kickboxer, be shot in English, and take place in Thailand. If you’re holding your breath for a Van Damme cameo… you may be in luck (when asked about a Van Damme cameo, Fung replied: “Maybe… nothing is confirmed just quite yet.”). | Photo of Alain Moussi, with fight choreographer Larnell Stovall, preparing for his role. Also in the photo, is his Kickboxer promo pack from the Cannes film festival.

Tony Jaa has been offered the role of the master who trains Kurt Sloan. In the 1989 original, the character was portrayed by Dennis Chan.

Film Combat Syndicate reports that Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak) and Scott Adkins (Undisputed III) are in talks for the Kickboxer remake, along with The Man With the Iron Fists’ Dave Batista.

BREAKING NEWS: Check out our interview with Alain Moussi, the rising star of the Kickboxer remake!

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Covert Operation | aka The Borderland | DVD (Lionsgate)

"Covert Operation" DVD Cover

"Covert Operation" DVD Cover

RELEASE DATE: November 11, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Covert Operation (aka The Borderland). Gabriel (played by 5-time World Karate Champion, Seydina Balde), a bounty hunter trapped in Asia, is promised his freedom in return for one final rescue mission. However, his mission takes a turn for the worst when he’s trapped between the border of China and North Korea.

Covert Operation arrives from French director Mathieu Weschler and stars Seydina Balde (Danny The Dog, stunt performer in Casino Royale) in the lead role.Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Covert Operation from Amazon.com today!

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New trailer for Nicolas Cage’s China-based actioner ‘Outcast’

"Outcast 3D" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Outcast 3D" Chinese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel Uncle, who seeks their deaths.

Outcast stars Nicolas Cage (Face/Off, Bangkok Dangerous), Hayden Christensen (Jumper, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith). Yifei Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom, The Assassins), Andy On (Special ID), Ron Smoorenburg (Who Am I?), Jawed El-Berni (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear), the Dasz Brothers (Iceman), Alaa Safi (Chinese Zodiac) and Fernando Chien (Bunraku).

The Holding’s James Dormer will be writing the script and stuntman Nick Powell (who worked on a number of titles including The Bourne Identity and Resident Evil: Retribution), will be directing for the first time.

Updates: Shooting for Outcast has wrapped up in China. THR has an interesting video interview with Nicolas Cage, where he not only talks about Outcast, but he also criticizes Hollywood’s lack of opportunities for male Asian actors. He mentions names like Bruce Lee, Tony Leung, John Woo and Chow Yun Fat. | New poster for Outcast.

Producer Jeremy Bolt (Pompeii) states there might be a sequel, considering its strong performance by “buyers” in the film market. Bolt also says that a worldwide release is planned, including “the US and China, in September and October this year.” – Thanks to Collider. | First trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the newest trailer.

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