Deal on Fire! Albert Pyun’s Captain America | Blu-ray | Only $9.49 – Expires soon!

Captain America Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

Captain America Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray 1990′s Captain America, directed by Albert Pyun (Cyborg). Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America (Matt Salinger) is freed to battle against arch-criminal, The Red Skull (Scott Paulin). Also starring Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty. Why flock to the theaters for Captain America: The Winter Soldier when you can OWN this cult classic? Be a rebel!

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Doug Liman’s ‘Splinter Cell’ movie gets ‘Up In The Air’ writer

"Splinter Cell: Blacklist" Japanese Poster

"Splinter Cell: Blacklist" Japanese Poster

Comic book movies continue to do blockbuster business around the globe, but there’s also a sense that audiences might be suffering from superhero fatigue. Some analysts suggest that video games may be the next undiscovered country for Hollywood to mine for gold.

Sure, there have been a few video game adaptations here and there – Mortal Kombat and Silent Hill come to mind – but lately we’re seeing high-profile game publishers package together their own movie deals before shopping them around to the studios.

The first major coup for Ubisoft was signing Michael Fassbender to the Assassin’s Creed movie. Now comes word that Tom Hardy, fresh off star-making turns in films like Bronson and The Dark Knight Rises, has agreed to play the lead character Sam Fisher in a movie adaptation of Splinter Cell.

A screenplay is development from Eric Warren Singer, who wrote The International. Spun from the mind of Tom Clancy, the Splinter Cell series follows an elite secret agent – frequently voiced by Michael Ironside in the games – on dangerous missions around the globe. It’s James Bond meets 24…the only question now is which studio will take the bite.

Updates: According to Deadline, producer Basil Iwaynk is officially on board to produce the Splinter Cell movie. Some of his past productions include The Expendables 1 & 2 and The Town. As always, we’ll keep you updated!

According to Collider (via THR), Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) is in final negotiations to direct of Splinter Cell for Ubisoft and New Regency, with an August production start-date and a planned 2015 release.

BREAKING NEWS: Screenwriter Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air) is on board for Splinter Cell. Production is scheduled to start in August.

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Kevin Tancharoen to helm ‘Mortal Kombat Legacy’ Season 3 after all?

"Mortal Kombat: Legacy II" Poster

"Mortal Kombat: Legacy II" Poster

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Kevin Tancharoen, director of the successful Mortal Kombat web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, has been attached to helm a big screen reboot of the fighting franchise. Working alongside him will be Oren Uziel, who wrote the initial short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth that helped launch the web series.

Bloody Disgusting has done some digging and discovered that Oren Uziel’s screenplay uses a lowly supermarket clerk as the main character. Isn’t that taking the concept of an ‘everyman protagonist’ a bit too far? It seems this clerk will discover his hidden powers and become caught up in the battle between good and evil.

Updates: It’s unclear what this means for the fate of Tancharoen’s big screen Mortal Kombat reboot, but director Kevin Tancharoen posted a video online announcing Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 2. From the sounds of it, Season 2 will skip with the origin stories and get straight to the tournament fighting.

Fans of cult action movies such as Drive (1997) and Brotherhood of the Wolf will be happy to hear that actor/martial artist Mark Dacascos has been cast as Kung Lao, an ally of Liu Kang’s, in Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 2Says Mark: “I am looking forward to fighting on camera again.” Your fans are looking forward to it as well, Mark!

Director Kevin Tancharoen posted a picture of himself with the Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 2 cast. Look for Mark Dacascos as Kung Lao, the guy with the hat, as well as Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa back in the role of Shang Tsung. | According to Mark Dacascos, Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 2 will premiere on Machinima in September. Thanks to our source, Film Combat Syndicate. In case you haven’t seen it, watch the trailer for Season 2! | New clip. | New trailer. | Three new featurettes containing interviews with the cast and crew.

On Oct. 24th, Kevin Tancharoen tweeted: After 3 years of Kombat, I’ve decided to move on to other creative opportunities. I wish everyone involved in the movie big success. Thanks!

BREAKING NEWS: Late last year, Kevin Tancharoen, director Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 1 and 2, announced his departure from the series to pursue other creative opportunities. Turn out, Tancharoen has had a change of heart. According to Film Combat Syndicate, here’s what Tancharoen had to say: “We are starting to talk about it [Legacy Season 3] literally this week (knock on wood)… I’m starting to talk to Warner Bros. and the video game creators, so hopefully we can see it through.” As for the big screen version? Well, all we can say is stay tuned…

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See what you’re up against in the new TV Spot for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Teaser Poster

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield). The film stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer.

Updates: Twentieth Century Fox will release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes worldwide on July 11, 2014. | Fox is keen on making the franchise into a trilogy. | Collider (via MTV) has an interview with James Franco where he explains why he won’t be in the sequel. | First trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the new TV Spot. Also, check out the new poster.

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Donnie Yen’s newly-titled ‘Kung Fu Jungle’ gets a release date

"Kung Fu Killer" Festival Poster

"Kung Fu Killer" Festival Poster

THE MOVIE: Kung Fu Jungle (aka Kung Fu KillerOne Person’s Martial Arts Circle; or The Last of the Best) is the title of an upcoming project from martial art sensation Donnie Yen. This high-octane action thriller will reunite Donnie Yen with his Bodyguards & Assassins director Teddy Chen as well as his Iceman Cometh 3D co-star Wang Baoqiang.

Plotwise, the movie follows Donnie Yen as a top-notch martial arts instructor at the Hong Kong Police Academy who is imprisoned for accidentally killing a man. Yen may not be able to stay behind bars for long as shortly after his arrest, a deranged killer (Wang Baoqiang) begins targeting the best and brightest martial arts fighters in Hong Kong.

The premise sounds ripe for yet another rip-roaring Donnie Yen picture in the vein of Flash Point. Color us excited!

Update: Here’s the first teaser poster (then-titled Last of the Best) for the film to celebrate the fact that the movie has entered principal photography while Donnie is on a break from shooting Iceman Cometh. | Head over to HKSAR for a pack of photos of Donnie Yen in action. | Promotional poster.  | In addition to Yuen Bun (Legend of Zu, The Blade) serving as co-action choreographer with Donnie Yen, it’s been announced that Fan Siu-wong (Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, Ip Man) and Xing Yu (Wrath of Vajra, Flash Point) will be making special appearances.

BREAKING NEWS: Kung Fu Jungle (previously titled Kung Fu Killer) gets a December 18th 2014 domestic release date. - Thanks to DiP

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Deal on Fire! The Ultimate Matrix 6-Disc Collection | Blu-ray | Only $24.99 – Expires soon!

The Ultimate Matrix Blu-ray Collection (Warner)

The Ultimate Matrix Blu-ray Collection (Warner)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for The Ultimate Matrix Blu-ray collection, a 6-disc set which contains The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Matrix Revisited and The Animatrix. The set is packed with supplemental materials, including two new audio commentaries on each film. At about $4 a disc, it’s your chance to own the series that put Yuen Woo-ping on the American map!

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Wong Kar Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’ streams on Netflix!

"The Grandmaster" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"The Grandmaster" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster has currently made its way onto Netflix’s streaming service! This epic action feature is inspired by the life and times of the legendary Kung Fu master, Ip Man, who mentored Bruce Lee. The Grandmaster stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chen Chang, Song Hye-Kyo, Bruce Leung Siu-Lung and Zhao Ben-Shan.

If you’ve seen the other Ip Man movies (Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 1 and 2, Anthony Wong’s Ip Man: Final Fight and Dennis To’s Ip Man: Legend is Born – all of which are also streaming on Netflix), now’s your chance to see his life portrayed with some added Wong Kar Wai flavor!

Be sure to check out our review by Ghost Dragon Triad.

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Mel Gibson in talks for the action thriller ‘Blood Father’

"Get the Gringo" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Get the Gringo" Japanese Theatrical Poster

After a string of shoot ‘em up titles such as Get The Gringo, Machete Kills and the upcoming Expendables 3, Mel Gibson is out for more blood in yet another actioner. In addition to the planned Dragon Blade with Jackie Chan, Gibson is currently in talks to appear in another action thriller called Blood Father. According to Deadline, Blood Father is about an ex-con who reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

Blood Father will be helmed by Jean-Francois Richet (Mesrine) and written by Peter Craig (The Town). As we mentioned before, considering the controversial star is still doing violent films, it’s damn shame he didn’t reunite with George Miller for Mad Max 4: Fury Road.

Stay tuned for more updates on Blood Father.

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Watch the trailer for the ‘Kikaider Reboot’

Original "Kikaider" Japanese Poster

Original "Kikaider" Japanese Poster

A big screen reboot of the 1972 tokusatsu series Kikaider is hitting Japanese theaters this summer. The original Kikaider, created by Shotaro Ishinomori (Kamen Rider series), revolved around an on-the-run transforming super-android, who takes on rampaging robot monsters.

According to Film Combat Syndicate, here’s the official plot to Kikaider Reboot: Nobuhiko Komyoji creates robots to solve intractable human problems as the central figure of “ARK Project.” After Komyoji suddenly dies under mysterious circumstances, his creation Jiro, aka Kikaider (Jingi Irie), rebels against the project and goes rogue.

The reboot also stars Aimi Satsukawa, Kazushige Nagashima, Hirotaro Honda, Ryuji Harada and Daisuke Ban, who played the titular character in the original TV series. Without further ado, here the trailer for Kikaider Reboot.

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Deal on Fire! The Replacement Killers: Extended Cut | Blu-ray | Only $6.29 – Expires soon!

"The Replacement Killers" Blu-ray Cover

"The Replacement Killers" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for 1998′s The Replacement Killers: Extended Cut. Failing to kill anymore because of his conscience, a troubled hit-man (Chow Yun-Fat) seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug-lord has hired replacements to finish the job and kill the hit-man. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and also starring Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino and Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead). Read our review.

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Predator Trilogy | Blu-ray (Fox)

Predator Trilogy | Blu-ray (Fox)

Predator Trilogy | Blu-ray (Fox)

RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2014

20th Century Fox presents the Predator Trilogy on Blu-ray. This 3-disc set includes 1987′s Predator, 1990′s Predator 2 and 2010′s Predators (aka Predator 3). Not included are the AVP spin-off titles (let’s face it, those were pretty lame anyways). All 3 Predator films make up a cast that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Robert Davi, Bill Paxton, Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne and Danny Trejo.

Pre-order  the Predator Trilogy from Amazon.com today!

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Savage Streets | Blu-ray (Scorpion Entertainment)

Savage Streets | Blu-ray (Code Red)

Savage Streets | Blu-ray (Code Red)

RELEASE DATES: Summer 2014

Code Red presents the Blu-ray for 1984′s Savage Streets. After nearly being rundown by a gang, Brenda (The Exorcist’s Linda Blair) and friends trash the leader’s car. Gang leader, Jake, exacts his revenge by getting his cohorts to gang-rape her mute-dead sister, Heather (Linnea Quigley). Armed with a crossbow and a bad attitude, Brenda sets out to avenge her sister while blazing a bloody, Death Wish-inspired trail through 80′s Los Angeles. Check out the trailer.

Stay tuned for pre-order information regarding the Blu-ray release. Note: A DVD version is currently available.

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Raid 2, The: Berandal (2014) Review

"The Raid 2: Berandal" Theatrical Poster

"The Raid 2: Berandal" Theatrical Poster

Director: Gareth Evans
Writer: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo, Kazuki Kitamura, Cecep Arif Rahman, Cok Simbara, Yayan Ruhian, Very Tri Yulisman, Donny Alamsyah, Epy Kusnandar, Roy Marten, Zack Lee, Fikha Effendi, Hengky Solaiman
Running Time: 150 min.

By Paul Bramhall

It’s hard to believe but 2009 is already five years ago, the year that saw the release of Merentau. It was a movie which starred an unknown lead in the form of Iko Uwais, from an unknown Welsh director by the name of Gareth Evans, from a country which was barely known for any type of cinema, let alone of the action variety, in the form of Indonesia.

Like almost any new martial arts based movie these days, fans approached it with a sense of trepidation. The cynical amongst us commented on how Uwais seemed like a blend of Tony Jaa and Jackie Chan, but not being on the same level as either, while the more positive minded noted that Merentau was a breath of fresh air, and just might be the start of something beautiful.

Thankfully, the latter proved to be right, and a couple of years later The Raid hit the screens. A stripped down 100 minute assault of martial arts chaos and violence, choreographed with a sense of immediacy and intensity that hadn’t been seen for a long time. While Merentau gave us a taste for how the Indonesian martial art of Silat could look onscreen, The Raid gave us a hearty mouthful, and then some. The plot was simple – take 1 team of rookie cops, throw in a building which has a drug lord on the top floor, and every floor below crawling with junkies and low lives, and create a setup wherein the rookie team have to get from bottom to top without getting killed. Simple.

So simple in fact, that when a sequel was announced people pondered what could possibly follow such a fantastic shot of adrenaline. Well, skip forward another couple of years and its March 2014, and that sequel is here, not only that, but I just got through watching it last night. If Merentau was a taster and The Raid was a mouthful, then let it be said that its sequel is an all you can eat buffet of epic proportions. The Raid 2 had a budget almost four times that of the original, however the scope of the movie is closer to a hundred times larger in its scale. By the end of the first hour you’ll realise just what a tiny drop in the ocean that building from the original really is.

The stripped down simplicity of the The Raid is replaced here by a layered story of a city, torn between rival gangsters and yakuza. It’s a dark and violent world of weary family heads trying to keep a grip on the empire they’ve built, of blood thirsty offspring willing to do anything to tip the scales of power, of undercover cops so deep they’ve lost their identity, and assassins who will slice you up in an instant. Then thrown into the chaos of this world is Rama, the character played by Uwais, coming directly from the events which took place at the end of the original. He’s picked up by a special unit dedicated to weeding out corrupt cops, told he’ll be declared dead along with the rest of his unit, and sent into prison with the intention of befriending one of the head gangster’s sons that’s doing time there.

This kicks off the events which unfold in The Raid 2, and for 90 minutes, almost the same length as the original, the story develops on a slow boil, punctuated with extreme moments of violence that serve to propel the story forward, compared to the set piece style setup of the original. These punctuations alone serve as some of the best and most brutal action witnessed onscreen since, well, since the original – a frantic prison yard brawl, a desperate assault in a restaurant, a vicious shakedown on a warehouse. Every scene would be the finale in a Hollywood movie, but here they only serve as a link in a chain of events which keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.

Despite this, there is a danger some might almost be disappointed here. Those who wanted the locomotive pace of the original may be left shuffling in their seats, others may complain that the chaotic camera work during the brawls doesn’t capture the moves as clearly as it should. But that’s ok, the pacing is intentional and Evans displays an assured hand, he’s a film maker who shows a maturity here that belies his relatively short time in the industry. It’s under this assured hand that Uwais turns Rama into not just a rookie cop relying on his wits and fighting skills, but a fully rounded character with very real fears and motives, and this makes us rally for him all the more.

This is just as well, because The Raid 2 clocks in just short of 150 minutes, and it’s at that 90 minutes mark when things EXPLODE. The much spoken of Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man make their appearance, and believe me they’re worth the wait, Bruce Law puts together a car chase scene which makes his work in Special ID look like he must have been having an off day, there are more wince inducing facial impacts than you can shake a stick at, and throughout it all there is some of the most finely choreographed fight action you’re likely to see this side of the millennium. For its final hour, The Raid 2 crams in so much tension and action, you’ll hardly have time to catch your breath. (As a matter of fact in the screening I attended, one person clearly didn’t and had to be carried out by security)

To go in-depth into the action would probably take another 1000 words, so I’ll simply say that it’s impossible to be disappointed. Big words, but I’ll stand by them. Evans gives Uwais just short of an entire army to wade through, but also knows it’s pointless to have an invincible hero that no one else can match. Rest assured by the time you see him standing at one end of the corridor, with Hammer Girl (played wonderfully by Julie Estelle) and Baseball Bat Man (played with sinister cool by Very Tri Yulisman) standing at the other, you won’t be left wanting. Even if you are, The Assassin, as he’s billed, played by Cecep Arif Yahman, is waiting just behind the doors. If you thought they crammed a lot into the Ninja: Shadow of a Tear finale, then The Raid 2 seems determined to stomp all over it, which is no mean feat for those who have seen Scott Adkins laying on the beat down in his latest effort.

Put simply, it would be easy to talk at length about The Raid 2 for another few hours, but it’s best to leave it at that and say get out there, buy tickets to go see it, then once you have you’ll probably buy another ticket to go and watch it a day later. Evans has constructed a masterpiece here, which is every bit as much of a gangster movie as it is an action one. For those who are looking, there are subtle nods of the head to several of the classic Korean gangster movies, the Nikkatsu movies from the 60s, The Godfather, as well as a host of winks to talent he obviously has a lot of respect for such as Donnie Yen, John Woo, Panna Rittikrai, Takeshi Kitano, and in one scene I’d even say David Lynch. I’ll sign off there, now get out and see it.

Paul Bramhall’s Rating: 10/10

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New trailer for the Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’

"Jupiter Ascending" Theatrical Poster

"Jupiter Ascending" Theatrical Poster

The Wachowskis, the sibling filmmakers responsible for The Matrix trilogy and the live-action Speed Racer film, are back with a new blockbuster for summer 2014. The movie, titled Jupiter Ascending, is a science-fiction action/epic starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Kunis’ character believes she is just a lowly janitor on Earth but, in fact, her DNA holds grand secrets to the universe – as long as Tatum’s space soldier can keep her from falling into enemy hands.

Jupiter Ascending is actually the Wachowskis pop sci-fi take on the Snow White fairy tale, but don’t take our word for it.

Updates: The visually stunning first trailer is online now for your viewing pleasure. | New Japanese trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the newest trailer.

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

"Replicant" Blu-ray Cover

"Replicant" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Replicant, directed by Ringo Lam (Full Contact). During a murder spree, precious DNA is left behind that allows a secret government agency to render a killer’s perfect duplicate. Jean-Claude Van Damme squares off against his deadliest opponent yet – himself! Also starring Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead).

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People who need to appear in ‘The Expendables’

"The Expendables" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"The Expendables" Japanese Theatrical Poster

The third installment of the highly popular Expendables film series is due to open on August 15th. With Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas added to the cast, there aren’t many action heroes left in Hollywood yet to appear in the franchise. If there is to be a fourth, which there most likely will be, here are some names we’d like to appear in it:

Floyd Mayweather: The undefeated pound-for-pound king Mayweather would be a perfect adversary for the Expendables. Once he’s fought Marcos Maidana (which shouldn’t be too difficult since he’s 1/16 favorite with Titan Bet to win the fight), he should make a foray into films. He’d be the perfect opponent for Toll Road, played by UFC fighter Randy Couture. If those two were to throw it down, it would be insane. The king of boxing versus one of the true greats of mixed martial arts is something we all want to see.

Jackie Chan: We all love Jackie Chan. He’s one of the true action legends, not just in Hollywood, but around the globe. However, we’d like to see him play a villainous role. The reason being is that we desperately want to see him and Jet Li square off. We have only seen the duo in one film thus far (the 2008 epic The Forbidden Kingdom). Now that film was great but the pair were on the same side; we are still waiting for them to battle one another. A bad guy role in the Expendables would saturate this desire. Who wouldn’t want to see the two greatest living martial arts actors go at each other?!

Steven Seagal: Alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Seagal was the greatest action movie actor of the 1980s/1990s. He is the one name that everyone wants to see added to the cast. It’s not for want of trying on Stallone’s part; he’s offered Seagal a role in all three films but has thus far been turned down. Nonetheless, with acting work starting to dry up for Seagal he surely cannot continue to turn down a role of this magnitude. If a fourth film does materialise and he is offered a part hopefully he will jump at the offer. We want to see Sly take on Steve.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: Currently the highest earner in Hollywood, Johnson is without doubt the modern day action hero. At 6’5 in height and weighing 260lb, Johnson is a monster personified and the perfect opponent for Arnie. A former WWE champion against a former Mr Olympia has every fan boy salivating at the mouth. It would also be great to see the old guard taking on the new players.

Manny Pacquiao: Our next choice is Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao. Professional boxer. Politician. The only eight-division world champion ever. He’s been hailed as both the “Most Exciting Boxer” and “Fighter of the Decade” by the public and worldwide media. If Pacquiao vs. Mayweather never happens, the two dueling it out in an Expendables movie would be the next best thing. Unlike Mayeather, Pacquiao has the acting experience – not only has he appeared in a San Miguel Beer commercial with Expendables’ own Jet Li, but he also starred in a string of films in the Philippines – the guy was made for cameras!

Don “The Dragon” Wilson: Sure, this 11-time World Kickboxing Champion /Martial Arts Hall of Famer may not be a Blockbuster name like Schwarzenegger or Stallone, but there’s no doubt in our minds that he is just as qualified. Besides, if fellow low budget action star Gary Daniels had his time in Expendables, why not Wilson? After all, his 30+ films – including Bloodfist and Ring of Fire – were profit-making “Blockbusters” in their own right. The inclusion of Wilson definitely makes more sense than Liam Hemsworth, wouldn’t you agree? I mean, come on, Wilson is the real deal. Period!

Donnie Yen: Dubbed in the Hong Kong media as “The strongest man in the Universe,” Donnie Yen is another martial arts star that everyone is dying to see in an Expendables flick. Like Seagal and Chan, Yen’s name has always been linked to the franchise. Judging from his busy schedule ahead – and the fact that he’s practically fine with being a living legend on his own stomping grounds – we doubt he’ll give in. Part of us can’t blame him, the other part of us is saying, “Just do the darn film, will you?”

Tony Jaa: Tony Jaa, martial arts star of Ong Bak, is quite possibly the most physically amazing guy living today. We’re talking near-super human abilities. The possibility of Jaa appearing in the Expendables franchise are pretty decent. Considering he has a part in Fast and the Furious 7, he’s obviously not shying away from being part of an ensemble cast in a Hollywood movie. In addition, he’s currently working with Dolph Lundgren in an upcoming film, so he’s already made one strong connection to the franchise. No pun intended.

Iko Uwais: All the other action stars better watch out! There’s a new Sheriff in town, and his name is Iko Uwais. This Silat (Southeast Asian fighting method) martial arts expert took the world by storm in the critically-acclaimed, ultra violent martial arts action film, The Raid. With The Raid 2 just around the corner, Uwais has proved himself to be up there with the Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. Sylvester Stallone himself is even an admirer of The Raid, a film he personally set out to top with Expendables 3! True story.

Runners up…

We obviously can go on and on, but here’s a list of other names that we would love to see in future Expendables movies: Bolo Yeung (Bloodsport, Enter the Dragon), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), Richard Norton (City Hunter), Chow Yun Fat (The Killer), Carl Weathers (Predator), Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional), Kurt Russell (Big Trouble in Little China), Mr. T (Rocky 3, The A-Team), Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja), Benny “The Jet” Urquidez (Dragons Forever), Philip Rhee (Best of the Best) and Sho Kosugi (Revenge of the Ninja).

There is no doubt that The Expendables 3 is going to be an action packed thrill ride and a box office success, so if there is to be a fourth, we can expect a whole host of action names attached. We’ll see what happens…

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Deal on Fire! The Raid | Blu-ray | Only $9.99 – Expires soon!

The Raid: Redemption Blu-ray & DVD (Sony Pictures)

The Raid: Redemption Blu-ray & DVD (Sony Pictures)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for The Raid: Redemption (aka The Raid) It’s a rookie member (Iko Uwais) and a special forces team vs. every killer, gangster and thief in a fifteen-story apartment block building. This groundbreaking martial arts spectacular is considered one of the best action movies of our time. The perfect way to get ready for The Raid 2: Berandal, which releases on March 28th 2014!

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Prophecy of Eve | DVD (Shami Media)

Prophecy of Eve | DVD (Shami Media)

Prophecy of Eve | DVD (Shami Media)

RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2014

Shami Media presents the DVD for Ron Santiano’s Prophecy of Eve (aka Eve: Beauty and the Blade), a low budget, supernatural martial arts movie. Eve’s (Ia Villatuya) life is forever altered when her parents vanish without a trace after being attacked by supernatural agents. When she runs into the members of the same organization to which her parents bore allegiance, several unanswered questions from Eve’s childhood reemerge. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Prophecy of Eve from Amazon.com today!

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Firestorm (2013) Review

"Firestorm" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Firestorm" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director: Alan Yuen
Writer: Alan Yuen
Producer: Andy Lau, William Kong
Cast: Andy Lau, Yao Chen, Gordon Lam, Hu Jun, Ray Lui, Kenny Wong Tak Bun, Michael Tong Man Lung, Terence Yin
Running Time: 109 min.

By Sapo

Wow. Did I have high hopes for this one. Andy “Infernal Affairs” Lau in a rock ‘em, sock ‘em thriller. I’m there. This was one I HAD to see. This was the one that would take the recent sour taste of Blind Detective and Special ID out of my mouth. So why am I am so speechless right now. Was it that good? Not exactly. But let me say this. There is an action scene that arrives at the 30-minute mark that almost saves the entire movie. Almost.

So Andy plays an obsessed cop on the trail of some pretty suave bank robbers. But before you can say “Al Pacino in Heat,” the filmmakers sprinkle in some Infernal Affairs to spice things up. And just for the record, I still believe IA was a better flick than The Departed. Sorry. I love saying that every chance I get. Now back to business. Let me talk about that action sequence which involves an exploding building, two men fighting in the air, but before that, cop and criminal exchange blows on a gate barely supported. Believe you me; I am NOT doing the sequence any justice. It has to be seen. Then after you see it, rewind the damn thing and watch it again.

But a great scene does not make a great movie. Hell, three great scenes do not make a great movie. And that is the best way to describe Firestorm, which is a pretty cool title by the way. The final 20 minutes becomes a “Heat on crack” action bonanza. But it reaches the point where it is almost too much. There are no real characters to root for. You want to cheer for Lau but his performance makes it oh-so difficult. We have the usual mole within the bad guys with a woman dying for him to go straight. Watching Firestorm, one cannot help thinking that we seen this too many times before.

There also comes a point where a movie becomes too flashy or tries to be “too stylish.” I’m afraid Firestorm falls into this category. The action scenes are top notch but once they’re over, the movie slows down and becomes the typical “Oh no. I think we have another informant in the crew,” followed by “let’s all point our guns at each other.” But there is another cool scene in which a flock of pigeons are used as a distraction on a crowded street. I have not seen birds used so effectively since John Woo brought the doves to America in Face/Off.

Overall, you can do a lot worse than Firestorm. You can also do better. Just don’t expect anything new on the acting front and wait for those 2-3 kick ass action scenes to wake you up.

Sapo’s Rating: 6/10

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The new trailer for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ might just give you chills

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: In Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. The film hits theaters July 18th, 2013.

Appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past are Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

Updates: Singer  says he had a two hour conversation with James Cameron to help wrap his head around this film’s time travel plot. Singer also revealed the film at least opens in the the year 1973. Fan speculation suggests that the kids from First Class will then travel to a a dark alternate future where the characters from Singer’s first two X-Men films are being hunted down by Sentinels.

Red-hot Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (Flash Point), who will also be seen in this summer’s Iron Man 3, has signed on to play the popular teleporting mutant Blink. In addition, fans can look forward to Daniel Cudmore reprising his role of Colossus. | Bryan Singer reveals possible new Beast concept art. | Collider has a brand new set photo of President Nixon. | Check out the first trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Don’t miss the brand new trailer for the film, which manages to be both visually spectacular and emotionally-stirring!

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Here’s your first look at the world of ‘Jurassic World’

"Jurassic World" Promotional Poster

"Jurassic World" Promotional Poster

THE MOVIE: The fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise is titled Jurassic World. Directing the film will be Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed). There are no plot details, but the film has a release date for June 12, 2015. So far, the cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins and Irrfan Khan.

Chances are his script will bear no resemblance to an earlier one from The Departed‘s Willian Monahan that floated around the web back in 2007. That draft had a soldier of fortune returning to Jurassic Park with the help of some genetically engineered mini-T-Rexes who obeyed his commands like domesticated dogs. We’re not even making this up!

Updates: Nothing ground-breaking but Spielberg has confirmed he will be producing JPIV rather than directing it. He also says it’s too soon to discuss the project. | HitFix relays word that Universal has assigned Rise of the Planet Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to work on the screenplay.

Universal has announced June 12, 2015 as the official release for Jurassic Park 4, which is officially titled Jurassic World. Also, be sure and watch the “pitch” video. | Deadline reports that Universal is in negotiations with Josh Brolin (Oldboy) to join Jurassic World. | Deadline reports that Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) will be the film’s main villain.

BREAKING NEWS: AICN has some concept art for what the brand new and fully operational Jurassic Park may look like. Sorry – no more cool jeeps, JP fans!

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Deal on Fire! Jet Li 3-Disc Collection | Blu-ray | Only $9.54 – Expires soon!

"Jet Li Collection" Blu-ray Cover

"Jet Li Collection" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is for the 3-Disc Jet Li Collection Blu-ray set. The set includes three of Jet’s best movies: Corey Yuen’s The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk, Gordon Chan’s Fist of Legend and Yuen Woo-ping’s Tai Chi Master with Michelle Yeoh. For about $3 a disc, this is definitely a deal on fire!

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Steven Seagal’s next action flick ‘Absolution’ starts filming

"True Justice 4" Japanese DVD Cover

"True Justice 4" Japanese DVD Cover

Last month, we reported the news of an upcoming Steven Seagal film titled A Good Man. Even though that film hasn’t even been released yet, Seagal has already started shooting its sequel, The Mercenary: Absolution (aka Absolution). This will officially mark the 6th time Seagal is working with director/producer Keoni Waxman (Force of Execution).

Shooting for The Mercenary: Absolution began on March 17th and will continue until the 7th of April. Joining the Seagal this time around is Byron Mann (The Corrupter) and Vinnie Jones (Escape Plan).

Thanks to expendablespremiere.com for providing the press release from Castle Film Studios. We’ll keep you updated on this project as we hear more.

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Upcoming Ringo Lam action film gets an ‘Intoxicated’ title!

"Full Alert" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Full Alert" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Updated: Hong Kong legend Ringo Lam, the action director behind gritty classics like City on Fire, Full Contact and Full Alert, is set to make his first film since 2007′s Triangle, which was a collaboration with Tsui Hark and Johnnie To.

The upcoming project is called Intoxicated City of Mazes, which will begin production in June, following a Summer 2015 release. Nothing is known of the plot, but it is an “action film” starring Daniel Wu (Shinjuku Incident) and Shawn Yue (The Guillotines). “I’ve always wanted to work with Lam, so I’m very happy that he asked me to be in his film. I hope we can start filming soon so I can learn from him,” Yue told Apple Daily.

We’ll keep up updated on Intoxicated City of Mazes as we hear more! Stay tuned! - Thanks to DiP!

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Deal on Fire! The Delta Force | Blu-ray | Only $7.24 – Expires soon!

"The Delta Force" Blu-ray Cover

"The Delta Force" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for the 1986 Cannon Films classic The Delta Force. It’s a little bit of everything: Action, martial arts, motorcycles with missiles, and even some intense drama that may surprise you! Joining Norris is Lee Marvin (The Dirty Dozen), Steve James (American Ninja) and an unrecognizable Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), who gives an Oscar-worthy performance as an Iranian hijacker! No joke!

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Expect Donnie Yen’s ‘Ip Man 3′ in late 2015

"Ip Man" International Poster

"Ip Man" International Poster

THE MOVIE: Ip Man 3 is in the works – in 3D! Star Donnie Yen will return in the titular role, alongside director Wilson Yip. This time around, Ip Man’s most famous pupil – Bruce Lee – is set to have a much larger role in the story. “What is certain is that the film will begin with Bruce Lee becoming Ip Man’s disciple,” says screenwriter Edmond Wong.

Producer Raymond Wong claims the film will feature a much larger budget than the previous two films, with special 3D effects incorporated into the fight scenes.

Update: It’s long been thought that Ip Man 3D was dead in the water, but a new report suggests that Donnie Yen is having preliminary meetings with producer Raymond Wong about the film. The casting search for an actor to play a teenage Bruce Lee may already be happening.

Contrary to previous reports, JayneStars says the reason that Ip Man 3 has been delayed/put on hold is because of Donnie’s busy schedule. Producer Raymond Wong remains hopeful that Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen will start Ip Man 3 in 2014.

Film Combat Syndicate shares an interview (via South China Morning Post) where Donnie Yen talks about reprising his role as Ip Man: “I’ll leave that to fate, but I’ll definitely play Ip Man again,” he says. “I won’t be doing it any time soon, though, because there are so many Ip Man [movies] around. You are Ip Man! He is Ip Man! Everyone is Ip Man! Even the audience is getting bored at the moment.”

Jaynestars reports that shooting for Ip Man 3 is expected to begin next year, with Donnie and Wilson Yip still attached to star and direct respectively.

BREAKING NEWS: Media Asia Chairman John Chong has officially confirmed that Donnie Yen, Edmond Wong, Wilson Yip and Raymond Wong are again on board as star, screenwriter, director and producer, respectively. Budgeted at over $30 million dollars, Ip Man 3 will be released in late 2015, just in time for the Christmas-Chinese New Year season.  - Thanks to Dip!

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Enemies Closer (2013) Review

"Enemies Closer" Theatrical Poster

"Enemies Closer" Theatrical Poster

Director: Peter Hyams
Writer: Eric Bromberg, James Bromberg
Producer: Joel Silver, Courtney Solomon
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Everett Scott, Orlando Jones, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Linzey Cocker, Zahari Baharov
Running Time: 95 min.

By Mighty Peking Man

It’s been nearly 20 years since Jean-Claude Van Damme and director Peter Hyams (2010: The Year We Make Contact) made a film together. Hyams first directed Van Damme during the action star’s career-peak in 1994’s Timecop, then again in 1995’s Sudden Death. The duo’s collaboration gave Van Damme’s resume a much-needed cinematic boost, making him a prime contender in the “action star” race, nearly equaling the magnitude of an Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone blockbuster.

Now, 20 years later, after a life filled with ups, downs – as well as a subtle career comeback with films like JCVD and The Expendables 2 – Van Damme teams up with Hyams once again for Enemies Closer.

Despite being a Hyams film, it should be no surprise that Enemies Closer isn’t a big budget film like Timecop or Sudden Death. After all, it is a straight-to-DVD film with a lead who hasn’t had his own theatrical release since 1999′s Universal Soldier: The Return. Even if you’re expecting 1/8th the scope of any of the movies just mentioned, expect to be let down. Enemies Closer may have the stroke of a veteran director making the most out of a low budget, but from the gitgo, it’s apparent it’s a small film. Even Van Damme’s 6 Bullets and Assassinations Games felt more like a “movie” than this.

Enemies Closer is definitely one of the most bizarre titles in Van Damme’s filmography, mainly for the cast itself: Starring alongside Van Damme are Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!) and Orlando Jones (MADtv), two actors who are mostly known for playing light-hearted or comedic characters. Here, they play a couple of Ex-Navy SEAL badasses who take on an evil Van Damme and his gang of criminals. The two pull it off for the most part, but it’s still a solid case of miscasting, no matter how you look at it.

The action pieces and fight choreography are decent. They would have been better if I could see what the heck was going on. Most of the action takes place at night, which is cool and all, but the way they’re filmed leaves little regard for the audience. We’ve all seen enough movies that take place at night and most filmmakers – despite a dark setting – are able to capture a fight scene that’s perfectly visible to the audience. Come to think of it, maybe this is why I thought the action was decent?

If there’s one thing that’s great about Enemies Closer, it’s Van Damme. This is not the first time he has played a bad guy, but it is the first time he plays an impressive one. He’s no Alan Rickman from Die Hard, but his portrayal is natural, humorous and full of character. Minor spoiler: The last thing Van Damme’s character says before we say goodbye to him is one of the best moments in the movie (by the way, look for the nod to Die Hard 2).

There are basically three types of people who should make it a point to watch Enemies Closer: 1) Die hard Jean-Claude Van Damme fanatics; 2) Those who have wet dreams about Tom Everett Scott being an action hero; and 3) Those who have wet dreams about Orlando Jones being an action hero.

Overall, Enemies Closer is a disappointment. Maybe I’m guilty of high expectations knowing that the Timecop duo were back. Regardless, I stand behind my opinion. But if Hyams and Van Damme make another film together, I’m there.

Mighty Peking Man’s Rating: 6/10

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Andrew Lau’s Scorsese-produced ‘Revenge of the Green Dragons’ wraps up filming

"Year of the Dragon" Theatrical Poster

"Year of the Dragon" Theatrical Poster

Hong Kong filmmakers Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo (It Had To Be You!) have finished filming their first Hollywood film together titled Revenge of the Green Dragons, an upcoming action-drama about Chinese gangs in New York.

It should be noted that Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) is the film’s producer, which is most likely a returned favor from Scorsese to Lau, which goes back to Lau’s 2002′s Infernal Affairs being remade into Scorsese’s 2006′s The Departed.

Revenge of the Green Dragons stars Justin Chon (21 & Over), Kevin Wu (YouTube’s KevJumba), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), Ron Yuan (Girl from the Naked Eye), and Eugenia Yuan (daughter of Come Drink With Me’s Cheng Pei-Pei), Jon Kit Lee (The Corruptor) and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas).

Revenge of the Green Dragons takes place in the 1980s/early 1990s and follows two immigrant brothers who join the Green Dragons gang and quickly rise up the ranks, becoming notorious to the city’s police. When an ill-fated love affair pits one of the brothers against the gang leader, he sets out for revenge on the group. The film is based on a true story, as chronicled by the New Yorker in 1992.

The film is currently in post production with a 2014 target release date. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a full trailer soon; until then, here’s some set photos as well as a press conference, featuring the directors, actors and other crew members. At the 18:00 mark, there’s a nice little teaser trailer- Thanks to to AlbertV for keeping up with this story

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Deal on Fire! Jet Li’s Fearless | Blu-ray | Only $7.50 – Expires soon!

"Jet Li's Fearless" Blu-ray Cover

"Jet Li's Fearless" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Jet Li’s Fearless. Jet Li stated in an interview that this film would be his last wushu epic, so it makes sense he ended his “wushu” career with a bang; hence teaming up with choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix) and one of Hong Kong’s best filmmakers, Ronny Yu (The Bride with White Hair). Even Gareth Evans, director of The Raid, calls Fearless one of the best martial arts films of recent times.

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New teaser for Tony Jaa and Lundgren’s ‘Skin Trade’!

"Skin Trade" Promotional Poster

"Skin Trade" Promotional Poster

THE MOVIE: When a tough-as-nails New York cop finds his family murdered by a drug kingpin, he swears revenge and hops on a plane to pursue their killer to Bangkok. Once in the seedy Thai underworld, he teams up with a local detective to bust heads and right what has been wronged.

While this may sound like a familiar set-up for a buddy/cop movie, action buffs should be pleased to hear that this movie will unite Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) as the NYC cop with Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak) as the Thai detective!

You may recall that Dolph and Tony made something of a deal: Dolph would star in a Thai movie with Tony – the currently filming A Man Will Riseand then Tony would make the trip to America to shoot a movie with Dolph. Now we know that American film is Skin Trade.

Update: Twitch relays news from Dolph’s Instagram account – Beautiful Boxer director Ekachai Uekrongtham will helm Skin Trade. The film is based on a screenplay written by Dolph Lundgren, with another draft from Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning filmmaker John Hyams. | Promotional poster. | Film Combat Syndicate has an interview with Tony Jaa, where he talks about Skin Trade, Tom Yum Goong 2, Fast and Furious 7 and much more! | Michael Jai White (Never Back Down) and Ron Pearlman (Drive) have joined the cast.

There are some circulating reports that Peter Weller (RoboCop) and possibly Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa (Mortal Kombat) have joined the cast. Also, check out a photo of Lundgren and Jaa, during a traditional blessing ceremony. | Film Combat Syndicate has a few set action-oriented set photos. | Action shots from the set, which hints that there will be a duel between Tony Jaa and Dolph Lundgren. | More shots from the movie, featuring Michael Jai White.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch an new teaser montage. It’s not exactly a trailer, but close enough! - Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate for the heads up!

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