Deal on Fire! Goemon | Blu-ray | Only $5.37 – Expires soon!

"Goemon" Blu-ray Cover

"Goemon" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Goemon. From the director of Cassher (Kazuaki Kiriya) comes Goemon, a 2009 Japanese historical fantasy film directed and written by Kazuaki Kiriya. It is loosely based on the story of Ishikawa Goemon, a legendary ninja bandit hero who stole valuables from the rich and gave them to the poor. Read our review.

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Deal on Fire! Merantau | Blu-ray | Only $11.49 – Expires soon!

"Merantau" Blu-ray Cover

"Merantau" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Merantau. We usually don’t consider a title a “Deal on Fire” unless it’s $10 or under, but this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen this film at. Directed by Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais (the director and the star of The Raid and The Raid 2, respectively), this Indonesian martial arts film proved the duo’s talents before the The Raid was even released! Read our review.


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A new ‘Matrix’ trilogy in the works?

"The Matrix" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"The Matrix" Japanese Theatrical Poster

There’s a new rumor going around that The Wachowski siblings – the duo behind The Matrix, Cloud Atlas and the upcoming Jupiter Ascending – are in the process of developing a new trilogy of Matrix films.

Latino Review broke the news with this information: We’ve been told that the Wachowski’s have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio. No word if they will want to direct but my money says “Claro que Si!”.

So, will Keanu Reeves be back? Will Yuen Woo Ping be handling the fighting choreography? For all we know, the new set of films may be a set of remakes. Whatever the case, cityonfire.com will keep you updated. Stay tuned!

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Eastern Bandits | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Eastern Bandits | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Eastern Bandits | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Eastern Bandits (aka An Inaccurate Memoir) directed by Leon Yang Shu Peng (The Robbers). A group of bandits led by Fang (Huang Xiaoming) and his sister (Zhang Xinyi) sets out to kidnap a rich groom (Zhang Yi) who has a secret identity. Watch the trailer.

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Deal on Fire! Kill Zone | Blu-ray | Only $9.94 – Expires soon!

"Kill Zone" Blu-ray Cover

"Kill Zone" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Kill Zone (aka Sha Po Lang), directed by Wilson Yip (Ip Man 1 & 2) and starring Donnie Yen – the talented duo who brought us the legendary Ip Man. Also starring Sammo Hung and Simon Yam. Read our review, which describes Kill Zone as “one of the most bloodiest and violent films that I’ve seen in quite some time.”

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New poster for the live action adaptation of Japan’s ‘Patlabor’

The Next Generation: Patlabor" Promotional Poster

The Next Generation: Patlabor" Promotional Poster

In Hollywood, live-action films based on comic books and cartoons are definitely the in-thing, but Hollywood isn’t the only place that’s bringing giant robots and super heroes to the big screen.

In addition to Gatchaman and Space Battleship Yamato, (not to mention the upcoming Lupin III and Gaiking ) a live-action series adaptation of Mamoru Oshii’s Patlabor – titled The Next Generation: Patlabor - will be making its April premier in Japan. The 7-part series, which revolves around a police robot pilot squad in a futuristic Tokyo, will be followed by a feature-length film that will open in 2015.

If the Marvel/DC thing dies out, Hollywood can get back into gear with Akira, Voltron, Space Adventure Cobra and Robotech (we’re hoping that Japan is making an actual Macross movie). Until then, we have Transformers 4,  Ninja Turtles and Kite to look forward to. | Teaser trailer. | Full length trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Check out the newest poster. For more new stills, visit Film Combat Syndicate.

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Chinese Zodiac | Armour of God III: CZ12 | Blu-ray & DVD (Universal)

Chinese Zodiac | Armour of God III: CZ12 | Blu-ray & DVD (Universal)

Chinese Zodiac | Armour of God III: CZ12 | Blu-ray & DVD (Universal)

RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2014

Universal presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Chinese Zodiac. Jackie Chan returns as Asian Hawk (his iconic character from Armour of God and Operation Condor), this time scouring the globe for the bronze head statues of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, which were sacked by the French and British armies! Also starring Laura Weissbecker, Oliver Platt and Sang-woo Kwone. Watch the trailer.

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Al Leong and George Cheung are ‘Awesome Asian Bad Guys’

"Big Trouble in Little China" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Big Trouble in Little China" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Get ready to get reacquainted with Awesome Asian Bad Guys from films of the 80s and 90s! This upcoming action/comedy series is about two offbeat filmmakers (Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino) who reunite iconic Asian bad guys – from  action films such as Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and Rambo: First Blood Part II – to carry off one impossible mission.

Awesome Asian Bad Guys, which will be making its debut at the CAAMFest 2014, stars Dante Basco (Blood and Bone), Al Leong (Big Trouble in Little China, Rapid Fire), Yuji Okumoto (The Karate Kid II, Red Sun Rising), Tamlyn Tomita (The Karate Kid II), George Cheung (Big Trouble in Little China, Lethal Weapon 4), Randall Park, (The Five-Year Engagement) and Aaron Takahashi (Welcome to the Jungle).

For more information on how you can attend the premier of Awesome Asian Bad Guys, visit CAAMFest’s official website. And be sure to watch the trailer. Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate for sharing this info.

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Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume One | Blu-ray (Mill Creek)

Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume One | Blu-ray (Mill Creek)

Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume One | Blu-ray (Mill Creek)

RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2014

Mill Creek presents the Blu-ray set for the Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume One, which features Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965), Gamera vs. Barugon (1966), Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967) and Gamera vs. Viras (1968). The first 4 films of Daiei Studios’ monster series Gamera are unleashed and available on Blu-ray for the first time! Your favorite giant turtle returns to Earth leaving no fire-spitting scene behind.


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Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume Two | Blu-ray (Mill Creek)

Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume Two | Blu-ray (Mill Creek)

Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume Two | Blu-ray (Mill Creek)

RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2014

Mill Creek presents the Blu-ray set for the Gamera: Ultimate Collection Volume Two, which features Gamera vs. Guiron (1969), Gamera vs. Jiger (1970), Gamera vs. Zigra (1971) and Gamera: Super Monster (1980). The last 4 films of Daiei Studios’ monster series Gamera are unleashed and available on Blu-ray for the first time!


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Gamera: Legacy Collection | DVD (Mill Creek)

Gamera: 11-Film Legacy Collection | DVD (Mill Creek)

Gamera: 11-Film Legacy Collection | DVD (Mill Creek)

RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2014

Mill Creek Entertainment presents the DVD for the Gamera: Legacy Collection, which includes Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965), Gamera vs. Barugon (1966), Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967), Gamera vs. Viras (1968), Gamera vs. Guiron (1969), Gamera vs. Jiger (1970), Gamera vs. Zigra (1971), Gamera: Super Monster (1980), Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995), Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996) and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999).


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Deal on Fire! Brothers Five | Blu-ray | Only $9 – Expires soon!

"Brothers Five" Blu-ray Cover

"Brothers Five" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for 1970′s Brothers Five, directed by Lo Wei (The Big Boss). This 1970 Shaw Brothers classic stars Cheng Pei-pei (Come Drink With Me), a woman who must reunite the Kao brothers to rid the Teng Lung Manor of killers whilst avenging the murder of their father. Also starring Lo Lieh, Chang Yi, Yueh Hua, Kao Yuan, Tien Feng, Unicorn Chan and many more! Get it while it’s cheap!

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Sword of the Assassin | aka Blood Letter (2012) Review

"Sword of the Assassin" Theatrical Poster

"Sword of the Assassin" Theatrical Poster

Director: Victor Vu
Writer: Hong Phuc, Doan Nhat Nam, Victor Vu
Producer: Le Lam Vien, Pham Viet Anh Khoa
Cast: Huynh Dong, Midu, Van Trang, Khuong Ngoc, Van Anh, Minh Thuan, Jaivee Mai
Running Time: 100 min.

By oneleaf

Sword of the Assassin, aka Blood Letter (2012), a Vietnamese language epic period drama/action starring Huynh Dong, Midu, Kim Hien, Khuong Ngoc, and Minh Thuan is directed by Vietnamese film maker and script writer Victor Vu. The film won a number of awards at the 2012 Golden Kite Awards (Vietnam’s equivalent to the Oscars, organized by the Vietnam Cinema Association) including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

Vu, a Southern California native is one of the most prolific directors working in Vietnam today. He has worked on a multitude of genres including action, comedy, horror and thriller. His body of work includes First Morning (2003), Spirits (2004), Passport to Love (2009), Inferno (2010), Battle of the Brides (2011), Scandal (2012), Battle of the Brides 2 (2013), and Vengeful Heart (2014).

Sword of the Assassin is a likeable movie though not very original. We have seen a number of films with similar themes of a noble family massacred, the sole survivor training in martial arts biding his time, and later seeking vengeance while trying to clear the family name. Dong stars as Vu Nguyen, the sole survivor of the Nguyens, having been saved by a manservant while he helplessly watched as three generations of the Nguyen clan are executed on orders from the Empress Dowager (Thai Hau) for crimes against the country. Sounds familiar?

Not only was Nguyen saved from execution, he was also fortunate enough to be brought to a monastery where for the next 12 years he trained in martial arts with a priest who was a good friend of his grandfather.

He later learned from the priest that crimes attributed to one of his grandfather’s concubine led to charges filed against his grandfather resulting in punishment for the whole clan. There also is a so called “blood letter” which may prove the family’s innocence and possibly bring down the royal family.

Vu is now on a mission to find the “blood letter” to try making sense of it all. In his quest he met a beautiful lantern vendor, Hoa Xuan (Midu) and her sister Hoa Ha (Kim Hien). Turns out they are kindred spirits. The Hoas have also been wronged by the Thai Hau who murdered her whole family. Of course, as the movie progresses Xuan becomes his love interest.

Khuong Ngoc is quite menacing as the main villain and assassin carrying out the Thai Hau’s dirty bidding. I wish there would have been more fight scenes between him and Dong. The fight scenes are very well choreographed by Johnny Tri Nguyen (Clash, The Rebel, The Protector), an expert in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Aikido and Wu Shu. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon must have been on his mind from his use of stylized slow-motion CGI leaps, jumps, kicks, and weaponry reminiscent of Hong Kong productions.

The lush backdrop of mountains, waterfalls and a number of bodies of water is magnificent and the only gripe I have is that there should have been more included in the film. I did enjoy the movie and look forward to more swordsplay movies coming out of Vietnam.

oneleaf’s Rating: 7/10

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Pre-order Andy Lau’s ‘Firestorm’ at DDDhouse.com

"Firestorm" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Firestorm" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Despite hitting the ripe age of 51 years-old, Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau is showing no signs of slowing down. After headlining Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and making a cameo appearance in Cold War, Andy Lau is, once again, throwing himself back into the action. His next film is a high-octane action/thriller set in modern day Hong Kong. Titled Firestorm, the movie follows Lau as a senior police inspector out to bring a vicious gang of thieves to justice.

Firestorm arrives from screenwriter-turned-director Alan Yuen, whose previous script credits include such titles as New Police Story and Shaolin. Just in case you needed more incentive to see the film, the producers are promising “all out war” on the streets of Hong Kong. A trailer for Firestorm is online now for your viewing pleasure. | Expect to hear more about this promising movie as we near its December 2013 Chinese release. | Updated trailer. | New trailer.

Updates: The Andy Lau actioner Firestorm is receiving plenty of internet buzz ahead of its December 12th release in China. Says first-time director Alan Yuen: “Firestorm maintains the original flavor of the Hong Kong cop films that everybody used to love so much.” | Latest trailer. | Newest trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: DDDHouse.com now has Firestorm, available for March 5th pre-order on Blu-ray & DVD. Keep in mind that the DVD version is Region 3 coded, so you will need a multi-region DVD player to view the movie. Fortunately, the Blu-ray version is coded for region A, so it’s good to go on your current North American Blu-ray hardware.

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Fast & Furious 1-6 Collection | Blu-ray (Universal)

Fast & Furious 1-6 Collection | Blu-ray (Universal)

Fast & Furious 1-6 Collection | Blu-ray (Universal)

RELEASE DATE: May 13, 2014

Universal presents the Fast & Furious 1-6 Collection on Blu-ray. Buckle up for nonstop action and mind-blowing speed in the adrenaline-fueled Fast & Furious saga. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and an all-star cast put pedal to the metal in pursuit of justice and survival as they race from L.A. to Tokyo, Rio and London.

Cityonfire.com is hoping you can take a minute to check out www.FrankandBeanz.com, a doggie apparel website that has just released their Fast & the Furrious clothing line. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Paul Walker’s charity, Reach Out World Wide (ROWW).

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Karl Urban discussing ‘Dredd’ sequel with Lionsgate

"Dredd" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Dredd" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Despite Dredd’s dreadful box office reception, Blu-ray and DVD sales for violent comic book adaptation have been sky rocketing. So now, Lionsgate has been having conversations about a Dredd sequel with Karl Urban, screenwriter Alex Garland and director Peter Travis – who are all reprising their talents, if the sequel happens.

From Screen Rant: Urban said what we’ve been saying since the film first released: that the studio completely fumbled its marketing and theatrical arrival. Urban went on to say that despite an underwhelming box office take that had seemed to kill any chance of a sequel, the DVD sales have continued to impress – and Lionsgate has taken notice.

We’ll keep you updated. Until then, the first Dredd is a click away.

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Journey to the West | Blu-ray & DVD (Magnolia)

Journey to the West | Blu-ray & DVD (Magnolia)

Journey to the West | Blu-ray & DVD (Magnolia)

RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2014

Magnolia presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Stephen Chow’s (Kung Fu HustleJourney to the West, a story centered on Tang Sanzang, a Buddhist trying to protect a village from three demons, his emerging feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who helps him repeatedly, and Sanzang’s transformative encounter with the Monkey King. The film stars Huang Bo, Shu Qi, Wen Zhang, Show Luo and Chrissie Chau. Watch the trailer.

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Luke Bracey joins Gerard Butler in the ‘Point Break’ remake

"Point Break" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Point Break" Korean Theatrical Poster

Deadline reports that Ericson Core is set to to remake Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 heist action film Point Break. Mostly known for his 2006 debut feature Invincible (with Mark Wahlberg), Core started his career as a cinematographer for films such as The Fast and the Furious, Daredevil and Payback. The remake – which starts shooting at the end of 2013/early 2014 – will be about an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates an extreme sports-lovin’ criminal gang.

The original, which starred Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey, was a box office success and has gathered a worldwide cult following. It has been referenced in numerous action films, most notably Johnnie To’s Fulltime Killer. Check back with us for more information regarding the Point Break remake.

Update: According to THR, the Point Break reboot has become the biggest success story of the 2013 American Film Market after selling out to foreign distributors around the globe. | According to Collider, Gerard Butler (London Has Fallen) is in negotiations to star in the Point Break remake. Wonder if this movie gave the studios the idea. | Butler has accepted.

BREAKING NEWS: AICN reports that Luke Bracey (November Man) will be playing Johnny Utah (previously played by Keanu Reeves).

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Deal on Fire! Tom Yum Goong | Blu-ray | Only $9.29 – Expires soon!

"The Protector" (aka Tom Yum Goong) Blu-ray Cover

"The Protector" (aka Tom Yum Goong) Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for The Protector (aka Tom Yum Goong). Tony Jaa reunites with his Ong-Bak director to deliver bone-breaking thrills and amazing gravity-defying action (Daily Star). Packed with incredible fight scenes, mesmerizing muay thai moves, and a jaw-dropping final showdown that pits Jaa against 50 enemies. See it before you see the upcoming Tom Yum Goong 2.

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Arrow Films to release Meiko Kaji exploitation titles on Blu-ray

"Delinquent Girl Boss" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Delinquent Girl Boss" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Arrow Films – a UK distributor known for acquiring cult, exploitation and action titles – will be releasing five classic Meiko Kaji films on Blu-ray later this year. The “Stray Cat Rock” line up includes: Delinquent Girl Boss, Wild Jumbo, Sex Hunter, Machine Animal and Wild Measures ’71.

Arrow Films has received critical praise for their high quality presentations and creative packaging. With titles like The Exterminator, Foxy Brown, Jaguar Lives and Battle Royale under their belt, it’s no wonder why the company is praised by fans and collectors all over the world.

Since Arrow is a UK company, keep in mind that their titles may or may not be region-free, so be sure you have the necessary hardware before purchasing.

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Welcome to the Jungle (2013) Review

"Welcome to the Jungle" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Welcome to the Jungle" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Director: Rob Meltzer
Writer: Jeff Kauffman
Cast: Adam Brody, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Megan Boone, Dennis Haysbert, Aaron Takahashi, Dennis Haysbert, Juan C. Defendini, Kristopher Varenberg, Bianca Bree and Stephanie Lopez
Running Time: 95 min.

By Mighty Peking Man

There are two facts you should know about Welcome to the Jungle before you dive in:

1) It’s not a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie. If you’re expecting something like Kickboxer, you’re in for a big surprise. In fact, you may end up hating it.

2) It’s not a Van Damme comedy. It’s more of an ensemble comedy that Van Damme is a part of. If anything, Adam Brody and Rob Huebel have the starring roles. Don’t let the poster fool you.

Rob Meltzer’s Welcome to the Jungle revolves around a group of office workers who find themselves stranded on a desert island when a corporate retreat, led by unhinged former Marine (Van Damme), goes horribly wrong. Now Chris (Brody) and his co-workers must battle nature – and each other – to survive.

Welcome to the Jungle takes ideas from films like Office Space, as well as tidbits from Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now, to make a nicely paced comedy. While decent, it’s no surprise that it didn’t receive a theatrical release. Even if they threw in Seth Rogen and a few million more to the budget, there would still be something missing that would keep it from being a box office contender. But then again, it’s definitely a better movie than The Hangover Part III. Go figure.

As for the Van Damme fans who want to see their hero in a funny movie? I wouldn’t exactly call his comedic talent amazing, but the guy does pull it off naturally. His character is basically a parody of every role he’s played during his heyday. And yes, he does get to show off his martial arts skills, but don’t get up to refill your drink, because you’ll miss it. In the end, kudos to Van Damme for trying something different, as he always does.

As long as you’re okay with the two facts I stated at the beginning of this review, Welcome to the Jungle is worth watching.

Mighty Peking Man’s Rating: 7/10

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Tartan’s beloved ‘Asia Extreme’ label to make a comeback?

"Lady Vengeance" DVD Cover

"Lady Vengeance" DVD Cover

If you’ve been a connoisseur of Asian cinema as far back as 2005, you’re likely to recall the glory days of Palisade Tartan’s ‘Asia Extreme’ label. The beloved DVD series helped introduce a number of now-classic Asian titles – including Oldboy and A Tale of Two Sisters – to the North American market.

Fans were understandably upset when Tartan closed their doors in the States back in 2008. Although the company has issued a few titles on Blu-ray in recent years, including Kim Ki-duk’s The Coast Guard, it’s been nothing like Tartan’s initial deluge, which also gave Shinya Tsukamoto’s 1989 cyber-punk classic Tetsuo: The Iron Man its first proper Stateside release.

Fortunately, it looks like Tartan’s ‘Asia Extreme’ label will be making something of a comeback.

Via Variety, distributor Kino Lorber announced they have acquired North American home entertainment rights to Tartan’s massive library of films, which includes the popular ‘Asia Extreme’ catalog. Lorber plans to exhibit select films theatrically, in addition to proper Blu-ray releases for most titles. Lorber’s deal also includes digital distribution rights, so we may see more ‘Asia Extreme’ titles popping up on Netflix or Amazon. Considering Kino Lorber’s long history of treating genre films with the respect they deserve, this acquisition can only be good news for us Asian film buffs.

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Asian Crush delivers streaming Hong Kong Retro Cinema

Asian Retro Cinema now streaming on Amazon.com

Asian Retro Cinema now streaming on Amazon.com

Tired of the new and want the old? Currently on Amazon.com is a string of Hong Kong Retro Cinema flicks from Asian Crush – all remastered and subtitled. Titles include John Woo’s Last Hurrah for Chivalry, Lau Ching Wan’s Return to a Better Tomorrow, Stephen Chow’s Fight Back to School and many more!

Asian Crush also has a variety of newer films, including ones from Korea and Japan. Many of the movies are available FREE if you’re an Amazon Prime member (Free trial). To view the full list of films from Asian Crush, click here.

Love it or hate it, streaming movies are here to stay. Of course, there’s nothing like owning hardcopies of your favorite films, so make it a priority to purchase Blu-ray & DVDs every chance you get. End of commercial. =)

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Deal on Fire! Confession of Murder | Blu-ray | Only $9.96 – Expires soon!

Confession of Murder | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Confession of Murder | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Jeong Byeong-gil’s Confession of Murder, available at a special $9.96 pre-order price! The film is about a police officer who is haunted for failing to capture a serial killer 15 years ago, and is back on the case after a novelist publishes the book “I am the Murderer,” claiming responsibility for the crimes. Starring Jung Jae-young and Park Si-hoo. Watch the trailer.

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Watch the trailer for Steven Seagal’s ‘Dark Vengeance’

"Dark Vengeance" Movie Poster

"Dark Vengeance" Movie Poster

Why go straight-to-DVD when you can go straight-to-Redbox? That’s right. Steven Seagal’s Dark Vengeance will be making its debut to Redbox on February 27th. And, not to mislead you, but Dark Vengeance isn’t exactly a new “movie” per se – it’s actually two episodes of Seagal’s TV series True Justice merged together to make a 90-minute (or so) presentation, hence the trailer.

Here’s the plot according to Expendables Premiere: Seattle’s darkest criminals force Elijah Kane (Steven Seagal) and his hard knuckled team work around the clock to track down a meticulous “Black Magic”-practicing killer in the vagrant strip club underworld.

Dark Vengeance also stars Tzi Ma (Rapid Fire, Rush Hour), who will be appearing in Seagal’s next movie, A Good Man.

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Gina Carano wants revenge in the first trailer for ‘In the Blood’!

"In the Blood" Theatrical Poster

"In the Blood" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman (Gina Carano) sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible. In the Blood is directed by John Stockwell (Into the Blue) and stars Gina Carano, Stephen Lang, Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Treat Williams, Ismael Cruz Cordova and Yvette Yates.

Updates: “This role will showcase not only Gina’s fighting skills, but also her acting abilities as her character struggles to reign in her violent past,” Stockwell tells THR. | According to THR, Anchor Bay has North American rights. The film will have a limited theatrical/VOD release on April 4th 2014, followed by a June 3rd Blu-ray/DVD release.

If you’re a Gina Carano fan, be sure to read about her other in-development films, which include an untitled “female Expendables” movie, as well as an appearance in The Silent Flute, which was written by Bruce Lee.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the film’s first trailer!

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Raze | DVD (MPI Home Video)

"Raze" Theatrical Poster

"Raze" Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2014

MPI Home Video presents the DVD for Josh C. Waller’s Raze, a horror/action film, that focuses on a bunch of women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands. The film stars Zoe Bell (Death Proof, Kill Bill), Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Sherilyn Fenn (Fist of the Warrior) Rosario Dawson (Death Proof) and Tracie Thoms (Death Proof). Watch the trailer. Raze is currently available now through Amazon’s Instant Video service.

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Universal releases 2nd wave of Limited Edition ‘Illustrated’ Steel Book movies on Blu-ray

Universal's 2nd Wave of Limited Edition Steel Book Titles

Universal's 2nd Wave of Limited Edition Steel Book Titles

For DVD and Blu-ray companies, times are getting a little rough. With streaming, cloud storage and digital downloading becoming more and more popular, studios are thinking of ways to give the consumer “extra added value” when it comes to their physical movie catalog. Whether it’s packing a double, triple or quadruple feature onto a single disc or offering extras exclusively on Blu-ray or DVD, it’s apparent they’re doing everything they can to compete with virtual media.

One company is putting a creative spin by offering something that will look just as good on your shelf as it does on your big screen TV.

Back in June 25th 2013, Universal released a series of Limited Edition titles in newly packaged in a Steel Book casing with impressive comic book-like illustrations. Although this wasn’t exactly a new idea, this was the first time it was done to 16 titles on a single release date.

Now, Universal has just announced their 2nd wave of Limited Edition ‘Illustrated’ Steel Book movies on Blu-ray. Click here for the pre-order list.

Some will say this is a greedy move (“double dipping”) by Universal; others – say, die hard movie collectors – won’t think twice about spending money on a movie they may already own. And for those who are buying the movie for the first time, more power to you. Whatever the case, you can’t deny that the artwork is impressive.

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First look at the new ‘Agent 47′ (aka ‘Hitman 2′)

"Hitman" (2007) Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Hitman" (2007) Japanese Theatrical Poster

Deadline reports that Fox is rebooting Hitman, a live action film adaptation of the hit video game, which will be titled Agent 47. Paul Walker (Running Scared, The Fast and the Furious) was previously set to star as Agent 47, but due to his untimely passing, Rupert Friend (Homeland), has been attached as the film’s lead.

Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Michael Finch (Predators) are writing the screenplay. Making his big screen directing debut will be Aleksander Bach, who was hired based on his commercials (see his work here).

According to Wikipedia, the video game series revolves around Agent 47 (usually simply referred to as “47″ or “Mr. 47″), a cloned assassin-for-hire, whose flawless record places him in high demand among the wealthy and elite.

2007′s Hitman movie adaptation starred Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47, Dougray Scott and Olga Kurylenko. Although the film wasn’t a critical success, it grossed $100 million worldwide. | Collider reports that Zachary Quinto, known for playing Spock in the Star Trek reboots, has joined the film.

BREAKING NEWS: Here’s the new Agent 47, as played by Rupert Friend, courtesy of IGN.

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Deal on Fire! True Legend | Blu-ray | Only $9.14 – Expires soon!

"True Legend" Blu-ray Cover

"True Legend" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for the Yuen Woo Ping drunken fighting-themed flick True Legend (read our review), with Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), David Carradine (Kill Bill), Jay Chou (The Green Hornet), Cung Le (Dragon Eyes), and Vincent Zhao (Wu Dang).

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