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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Death Grip | DVD (Osiris Entertainment)

Death Grip | DVD (Osiris Entertainment)

Death Grip | DVD (Osiris Entertainment)

RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2014

Osiris Entertainment presents the DVD for Death Grip. This 2012 martial arts picture stars Johnny Yong Bosch, a former star of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, as well as Contour director Eric Jacobus and Stunt People members Nathan Hoskins, Rebecca Ahn, Ray Carbonel, Chelsea Steffensen, Alvin Hsing, Shaun Finney, and Lucas Okuma. Watch the trailer.

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Deal on Fire! Mulan: Rise of a Warrior | Blu-ray | Only $9.96 – Expires soon!

Mulan: Rise of a Warrior | Blu-ray & DVD (Funimation)

Mulan: Rise of a Warrior | Blu-ray & DVD (Funimation)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (aka Mulan), directed by Jingle Ma. Mulan (Vicky Zhao Wei), a young girl from a military family without a male heir, disguises herself as a male soldier rather than expose her aging father to the horrors of the battlefield. As the invading armies close in, her remarkable courage and insight elevate her to the position of a true leader. Watch the trailer.

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John ‘Die Hard’ McTiernan is back in action with ‘Red Squad’ – new promo poster!

"Predator" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Predator" Japanese Theatrical Poster

John McTiernan – the legendary action director behind Die Hard, PredatorThe Hunt for Red October and Die Hard with A Vengeance – is currently serving his last month in a federal prison for the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal. Upon his release, he has already landed the duties of directing a mercenary thriller called Red Squad.

According to Variety, Red Squad centers on a former DEA agent with a rogue streak and his select team of mercenaries who descend upon a Mexican border town to neutralize a drug lord. The story is written by Cannon and Jorge Suarez (The Scratch).

No casting information has been revealed, but production is slated to begin this Spring. Now, someone needs to start a petition for McTiernan to direct Die Hard 6!

Updates: Check out the new promo poster for Red Squad, courtesy of Collider.

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Deal on Fire! Little Big Soldier | Blu-ray | Only $8.78 – Expires soon!

"Little Big Soldier" Blu-ray Cover

"Little Big Soldier" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Little Big Soldier, starring Jackie Chan and Leehom Wang. Directed and written by Ding Sheng (director of the upcoming Police Story 2013), Litte Big Soldier (read our review) is definitely one of the most solid Jackie Chan flicks of the last 10 years. I know we’re all sick of period films (especially one titled Little Big Solider), but trust me, this is a great movie!

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Believe what you want, but Steven Seagal really is ‘A Good Man’

"A Dangerous Man" Japanese Poster

"A Dangerous Man" Japanese Poster

Get ready for an upcoming Steven Seagal action flick titled A Good Man (not to be confused with A Dangerous Man). Seagal re-teams with director/producer Keoni Waxman (Force of Execution) for the 5th time. This time around, Tzi Ma (Rapid Fire, Rush Hour, Dark Vengeance), Victor Webster and Massimo Dobrovic are co-starring.

Here’s the official plot: Alexander (Seagal) is the perfect soldier but when a little girl dies while on a mission, he retires. Huang is an enforcer for the Chinese Triad, paying off his little sister Mya’s safe passage to the US. When the nefarious Mr. Chen sets up Huang to take the fall for murders he committed, he also kidnaps Mya and hands her over to the mob. Alexander decides to help Sam get his sister back!

We’re 100% sure A Good Man will be a straight-to-DVD title, so check back with us for the film’s street date, as well as its trailer. Stay tuned!

Update: Just a quick semi-related update. Steven Seagal’s Dark Vengeance will be making its debut to Redbox on February 27th. The film also stars A Good Man co-star, Tzi Ma. For trailer and details, click here.

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New trailer for Ken Watanabe’s Japanese remake of ‘The Unforgiven’

"Yurusarezaru Mono" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Yurusarezaru Mono" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Ready for a remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1992 western The Unforgiven? The upcoming remake will star The Last Samurai’s Ken Watanabe, and will be directed by Lee Sang-il, a Korean filmmaker who gained critical acclaim for 2010’s Villain (aka Akunin), which swept the actor awards at the 2011 Japan Academy Prize ceremony. The remake, which will also star Akira Emoto and Koichi Sato, is to be titled Yurusarezaru Mono (Japanese for “unforgiven”).

1992’s The Unforgiven revolves around a retired outlaw (Eastwood) who takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Updates: Watch the first trailer and now the second teaser. | The english-subtitled trailer is now available.

BREAKING NEWS: A new UK trailer has been released.

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Deal on Fire! Bond 50: 23-Film James Bond Set | Blu-ray | Only $119.99 – Expires soon!

"Bond 50" Blu-ray Set

"Bond 50" Blu-ray Set

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Bond 50 Blu-ray Box Set. It comes with every official Bond film made (from Dr. No to Skyfall), plus extras and a nifty book. That’s about $5 bucks a movie. If you prefer to buy the movies individually, many of the titles are currently available at a discount price!

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Deal on Fire! Iron Monkey | Blu-ray | Only $7.96 – 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. The film is a fictionalized account of folk hero Wong Fei-hung (Sze-Man Tsang) and his father Wong Kei-ying (Donnie Yen), and their encounter with Iron Monkey (Yu Rongguang). Iron Monkey is ranked in Empire’s “The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema” in 2010. So, what are you waiting for?

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New trailer for ‘Love Like Bullets’ starring Johnny Yong Bosch

"Hellbinders" Movie Poster

"Hellbinders" Movie Poster

A new trailer for the upcoming action film Love Like Bullets, has just been released. The much anticipated film stars martial artist Johnny Yong Bosch (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Death Grip), who also provided the film’s original soundtrack, with his band Eyeshine. Love Like Bullets is directed by David Wald (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Hellbinders), who also happens to be a distinguished action coordinator and stunt man.

Here’s the official description: Love Like Bullets is a stylish and pulse-pounding shoot’em-up in the vein of True Romance meets The Professional. Set in the Los Angeles underworld, a hired assassin risks his life to protect a beautiful young prostitute who has captured his heart.

Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate for breaking the news. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more. Until then, be sure to check out the trailer.

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Brian Trenchard-Smith makes Cusack and Jane ‘Drive Hard’

"The Man from Hong Kong" International Theatrical Poster

"The Man from Hong Kong" International Theatrical Poster

Ozploitation director Brian Trenchard-Smith, known for cult Australian films like BMX Bandits and The Man From Hong Kong, is back with an oddity called Drive Hard.

Surprisingly, this action-comedy stars John Cusack and Thomas Jane – two names you wouldn’t expect winding up in a Trenchard-Smith flick. The trailer for the film is definitely cheese ball, B-movie status; but hopefully, with a skilled cult film director like Trenchard-Smith at the helm, there’s a possibility that Drive Hard might be awesome in its own unique way.

Here’s the official plot: American thief, Keller (Cusack), arrives in a foreign country in need of a getaway driver. Rather than recruit one from the underworld, he takes a driving lesson from ex F-1 champion, Roberts (Jane), now working as a driving instructor. After Keller robs a bank during the lesson, Roberts has no choice, but to use his driving talent to get away from pursuing police and mobsters.

Without further ado, here’s the trailer.

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Sword Stained with Royal Blood, The (1993) Review

"The Sword Stained with Royal Blood" Theatrical Poster

"The Sword Stained with Royal Blood" Theatrical Poster

Director: Cheung Hoi-ching
Writer: Cheung Hoi-ching, Wai San
Producer: Cheung Hoi-ching
Cast: Yuen Biao, Yip Chuen-chan, Sharla Cheung, Danny Lee, Anita Yuen, Elizabeth Lee, Ng Man-tat, Helen Ma, Wu Ma, Elvis Tsui, Pauline Wong, Melvin Wong, Tai Bo, Peter Chan
Running Time: 95 min.

By JJ Hatfield

In a temple along the edge of a quiet river, men have gathered to mourn the tragic death of their beloved leader Marshall Yuen, and to swear vengeance upon all those who plotted his violent demise. Without warning, a flurry of arrows fills the air followed by the screams of the injured and dying. Ambushed and outnumbered, Yuen’s troops fall quickly under the attack until the sudden appearance of a mysterious and mighty fighter, who bears an exquisite sword of unearthly power.

The scene shifts to the young Constable Yuen Ching Shi (Yuen Biao) going about his business when he comes across a mischievous young woman (Cheung Man), who has been caught in highway robbery. Although this was not in his plans, he must escort her to jail and assure she has a fair trial. Being a very dedicated officer of the law, he would do no less. Before they even begin the journey, the air erupts in an enormous battle with combatants popping up everywhere. Opponents that move underground, women who fight with spider hooks and ‘spiderwebs’, a literal army of fighters using every imaginable sort of spear and sword and even the great fighter with the most unusual weapon, Golden Snake Man himself (Danny Lee) are only a few of the colorful characters involved in the frantic conflict. There are so many people fighting in fact it is nearly impossible to determine exactly what is going on, but by the time it is over, Ching Shi has inadvertently come between fierce opposing forces, none interested in justice.

Ching Shi has the most unusual of experiences as he encounters Ha Suet-Yee, the Golden Snake Man and doesn’t die. The fact that he lived was indeed unusual as the Golden Snake Man was not in the habit of leaving those who had seen him alive. Through several encounters, Golden Snake Man begins to develop respect for the honest and sincere server of justice, but remains a dangerous unknown with his magnificent sword his only friend.

Ching Shi and his prisoner make it to Wan castle only to encounter more disturbing events. Wan’s daughter, Ching-Ching, tells them of the terrible state of the castle. Rumors have reached the court the Golden Snake Man is on his way to destroy the Wan family and every one in the Wan castle is anxious and fearful. There are great internal struggles in the family of Lord Wan (Elvis Tsui) and there are even those among his own close relatives who seek to lay the blame of bad fortunes on Lord Wan’s wife Siu Yi (Elizabeth Lee). The situation grows dire as lies and deceit begin to show on all sides surrounding Ching Shi like rising water on an island.

Yuen Biao (Righting Wrongs) as Yuen Ching Shi is onscreen often considering how many actors are in the cast. His fighting is of the fantasy variety and very little of the realistic martial arts and acrobatics, this is a magical realm where characters often have supernatural abilities. Ching Shi is noble, brave, intelligent and excels in martial arts and sword fighting. But he also has a kind and gentle side (he even pets one of Ching-Ching’s birds). He takes his responsibilities as a Constable and bringing those who do wrong to justice quite seriously. But more than that, more than just doing his job, he has an innate and genuine sense of justice. He would fight for the innocent, and against those who would do harm even if it were not his job.

Danny Lee (The Killer)  seems a bit out of his element in the role of the Golden Snake Man, however he has been in fantasy type movies before including Inframan and The Mighty Peking Man. Lee’s portrayal of the deeply troubled martial artist with the amazing sword is strong in places but struggles when it comes to showing normal human emotions. Nightmares from his past haunt him. His rage is barely covered and bursts forth unpredictably. He is unrelenting in his pursuit of retribution and revenge, it is always on his mind his sword ever ready to strike. Golden Snake Man is capable of other feelings but he keeps fury and and never ending thirst for requital close to his heart.

The screen version of the wuxia novel Sword Stained With Royal Blood is one of three movies and four TV series based on the heroic fantasy themed novel by Louis Cha Liang Yong, using the pen name Jin Yong. He founded his own newspaper, the Ming Pao Daily and serialized his work. Wuxia novels or wuxia xiaoshao are enormously popular in China and other Asian countries, and were discovered by western audiences greatly due to the Shaw Brothers in the 1960′s and 1970′s; and the genre is still quite popular with films such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Wuxia are long, involved and with many characters. Most films are loosely based on the original story and because of length cannot include much of the novel. However, that hasn’t stopped movie makers from continuing to use wuxia as essentially plot. Wuxia stories are full of fascinating characters of all sort and prominently feature principles of honor, loyalty, love, as well as revenge, betrayal and hate.

Cheung Hoi-Ching directed produced, and co-authored the script with Wai San. While he did attempt to carry through the story his direction seems to have lost its way. The pace is uneven with a big chunk of action, then sometimes confusing exposition then more action. The editing overall rates less than average to poor. The film is obviously under-cranked in more than a few scenes, the cuts are abrupt and jerky especially when the camera is going from action to drama. Even with the flaws, and there are more than a few, Sword Stained With Royal Blood is a good view. There have been numerous films based on wuxia novels and the early 1990′s was an especially prolific period. With a huge cast of characters, plot twists, multiple sub-plots, changing schemes and allegiances and the focus heavy on heroism, honesty, and the relationship of ‘brothers,’ this wuxia film moves along quickly. Grand themes that are spoken of only briefly at times but are represented by a person, objects, places and in the larger than life sword-fights.

What makes this wuxia worth watching? While most would never give this ten stars, it has such rapid introduction of new characters with different powers, skills, and motives, there is not much time for boredom. A few of the more interesting include the Five Poison Sect, made up of women with Jade Ho (Anita Yuen) as the leader. The sect has such mastery of moving through the air, they can seem almost as if flying. As the name suggests, the women have mastered the use of potions and poisons in many forms. Master Wu is a Manchurian highly skilled with a sword and with other talents as well, help shape the story. A mysterious blind man who appears throughout the movie desperate to complete his mission. Even with all the characters and the near constant, sometimes manic, action; it is the evolving relationship between the Constable and the Golden Snake Man that establishes how strongly ethics and the relationship of ‘brothers’ is to the story. Quick paced wuxia action.

JJ Hatfield’s Rating: 6.5/10

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Zhang Yimou to direct spy thriller from ‘Bourne’ writer?

"The Parsifal Mosaic" Book Cover

"The Parsifal Mosaic" Book Cover

Collider reports that Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) is in talks to direct The Parsifal Mosaic, a spy thriller based off the 1982 novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum (Bourne Identity novel series). At this time, there are currently no other names attached to the project.

Here’s a partial novel description (no spoilers), courtesy of Amazon.com: After Agent Havelock watches his partner and lover – double agent Jenna Karas – gunned down by his own agency, he’s decides to quit the agency. Then, in one frantic moment in Rome, he sees Jenna alive. Racing around the globe in search of his beautiful betrayer, he now finds himself marked for death by both U.S. and Russian assassins.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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Deal on Fire! The Crow | Blu-ray | Only $4.75 – Expires soon!

The Crow: Deluxe Edition Blu-ray (Lionsgate)

The Crow: Deluxe Edition Blu-ray (Lionsgate)

Today’s Deal on Fire is Blu-ray for Alex Proyas’ The Crow, starring the late Brandon Lee. Visually striking, action packed and ahead of its time, this revenge/love story – based on the James O’Barr comic book of the same name – contains scenes that still bring chills to my spine. It’s no Laser Mission, but it’s still pretty good!

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Malaysian martial arts flick ‘Apokalips X’ gets a Blu-ray release

Apokalips X | DVD (Action Slate)

Apokalips X | DVD (Action Slate)

Film Combat Syndicate (via Twitch) reports that a new trailer for Mamat Khalid’s Apokalips X is now available. The Malaysian-made martial arts film – about rival gangs who fight for pride and ego in a world destroyed by chemical warfare – stars Farid Kamil, Peter Davis, Jehan Miskin, Adam AF2, Iqram Dinzly, Pekin Ibrahim, Pyan Habib and Ayez Shaukat Fonseka.

Action Slate will be releasing the film on Blu-ray & DVD on April 22, 2014. Until then, you can check out the new trailer.

Updates: Amazon now has the Apokalips X Blu-ray and DVD up for a April 22, 2014 pre-order.

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Deal on Fire! Expendables 2 | Blu-ray | Only $7.88 – Expires soon!

"The Expendables 2" Blu-ray Cover

"The Expendables 2" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for The Expendables 2. Stallone, Statham, Li, Lundgren, Norris, Van Damme, Willis and Schwarzenegger. It may not be the greatest movie, but with a cast like this, who cares? Besides, this edition is filled with kick-ass bonus features including behind-the-scenes featurettes along with audio commentary with the director, a gag reel, deleted scenes and more!

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Ozploitation Trailer Explosion | DVD (Intervision)

Ozploitation Trailer Explosion | DVD (Intervision)

Ozploitation Trailer Explosion | DVD (Intervision)

RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2014

Intervision presents the DVD for Ozploitation Trailer Explosion. In the late 70s and early 80s, films like My Brilliant Career and Breaker Morant put Australia’s ‘New Wave’ on the map. But at the same time, a depraved generation of young Aussie filmmakers was putting a very different kind of movie on screens. This is the ultimate collection of Ozploitation trailers, packed with ockers, knockers, pubes, tubes, comatose killers, outback chillers, high-octane disasters and kung fu masters!

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Former Bond teams up with former Bond girl in ‘November Man’

"Goldeneye" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Goldeneye" Japanese Theatrical Poster

If you want Pierce Brosnan to be back as James Bond, here’s the closest you’ll get: Brosnan (Goldeneye) is teaming up with Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) for an action-thriller titled November Man, directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, Species). Sure, it may not feature shaken Martinis or artillery-equipped Aston Martins, but with two former Bond stars, it’s hard not to think about Brosnan as the famous super spy.

In November Man, an ex-CIA operative (Brosnan) is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. Based on the novel of the same name by Bill Granger, and written for the screen by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion). Check out the first promotional image from the film.

November Man is expected to be released on November 13, 2014. We’ll keep you updated!

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Apokalips X | Blu-ray & DVD (Action Slate)

Apokalips X | DVD (Action Slate)

Apokalips X | DVD (Action Slate)

RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2014

Action Slate presents the Blu-rayDVD for Mamat Khalid’s Apokalips X. This anticipated Malaysian-made martial arts film – about rival gangs who fight for pride and ego in a world destroyed by chemical warfare – stars Farid Kamil, Peter Davis, Jehan Miskin, Adam AF2, Iqram Dinzly, Pekin Ibrahim, Pyan Habib and Ayez Shaukat Fonseka. Watch the trailer.

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Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman are on the path to ‘Transcendence’ – new trailer!

"Transcendence" Theatrical Poster

"Transcendence" Theatrical Poster

As cinematographer on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, it’s safe to say Wally Pfister had a key part in shaping the stylish visual palette of the Dark Knight saga. Now, the talented director of photography is breaking out on his own to helm the science-fiction film Transcendence. But Pfister isn’t completely flying solo: he’s brought along regular Nolan players such as Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy, not to mention the star power of Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp.

Transcendence tells the futuristic story of a brilliant scientist (Depp) who becomes a slightly more, well, digitized version of himself after a run in with an anti-tech terrorist group. The first trailer is online now and already has movie buffs talking. Could this film be the beginning of a fruitful directing career for Pfister, or will it be too reminiscent of early 90′s techie-thrillers like The Lawnmower Man and Ghost in the Machine to strike a chord with modern audiences?

Updates: Watch the newest trailer!

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Deal on Fire! Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame | Blu-ray | Only $7.88 – Expires soon!

"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" Blu-ray Cover

"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (read our review), starring Andy Lau with fight choreography by Sammo Hung. Time Magazine considered it the third best film of 2011, after The Artist and Hugo. For $7.88, see what the fuss is all about!

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House in the Alley | DVD (Shout! Factory)

House in the Alley | DVD (Shout! Factory)

House in the Alley | DVD (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the DVD for House in the Alley (aka Ngoi Nha Trong Hem), a Vietnamese horror film directed by Le-Van Kiet. Until they lose their baby to a miscarriage, a young couple was happily settling into their new home. After the tragedy, normal life eludes them as terrifying visions undermine their sanity. Think Insidious with a spice of Asian horror! Starring Thanh Van Ngo, Son Bao Tran and Van Hai Bui. Watch the trailer.

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Joel Silver talks ‘Escape From New York’ reboot trilogy

"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.

BREAKING NEWS: 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.

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Cityonfire and Anchor Bay are giving away 2 Blu-ray copies of ‘Battle of the Damned’ – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Battle of the Damned | Blu-ray & DVD | (Anchor Bay)

Battle of the Damned | Blu-ray & DVD | (Anchor Bay)

Cityonfire.com and Anchor Bay are giving away 2 Blu-ray copies of Battle of the Damned to three lucky Cityonfire visitors. To enter, simply add a comment to this post telling us what your favorite Dolph Lundgren film is, along with a brief explanation of why it’s your favorite. We will be selecting three winners 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 Battle of the Damned will be officially released on February 18th, 2014. We will announce the 2 lucky winners on February 18 and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by February 17th to qualify. Also, because Anchor Bay holds the film’s U.S. rights, only U.S. residents may enter the contest. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. Contest is subject to change without notice.

WINNERS: Congratulations to Sapo and Eric the Red. You have all been notified via email.

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Warner’s live-action ‘Akira’ is back from the apocalypse!

"Akira" U.S. Theatrical Poster

"Akira" U.S. Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop. A big screen adaptation of Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s popular anime Akira has been stuck in development hell for some time. Read the updates below for details.

Updates: James Franco has confirmed being in talks to play the lead biker gang leader. | Via Twitchfilm, a possible look at the new version of the film. | One of the Harry Potter movie writers has been hired for the script. | Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy and Andrew Garfield are being considered for Tetsuo. | Chris Pine, Michael Fassbender, Justin Timerlake, and Joaquin Phoenix are being considered for Kaneda. Collider notes that Keanu Reeves dropped out of the project. | Deadline notes that Albert Hughes dropped out over “creative differences.” | From Slash, Warner has re-greenlit the film for shooting this coming March with Orphan’s Jaume Collet-Serra now attached as director | Garrett Hedlund (Tron 2) has officially been offered to ruin play Kaneda. | Anime News Network via THR reports that Keira Knightley has been offered an unspecified role.

Tetro’s Alden Eherenreich and We Need To Talk About Kevin’s Ezra Miller are being pursued for Tetsuo. | Warner is aiming for a PG rating and a $90 million budget. | Dark Horizons reports that Kristen Stewart has been offered the part of Kei, the female spy. | Yellow-face candidates for Tetsuo as THR notes that G.I. Joe 2′s D.J. Cotrona, Prometheus’s Logan Marshal Green, Rocknrolla’s Toby Kebbell, Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden, Night at the Museum’s Rami Malek, Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt, Cowboys & Aliens’ Paul Dano, and Tetro’s Alden Ehrenreich are all contenders for the part. | Inception’s Ken Watanabe is now up for the part of The Colonel.

Comicbookmovie.com via MTV indicates that Carter has not committed to Akira yet. | Warner has shut down production on the film due to casting and budgetary issues. | Variety reports that Warner will rework the script and then decide whether or not to continue. | Comicbookmovie.com reports that Chris Nolan’s brother Jonathan is attached to a rewrite. | Variety suggests that the reason production has stopped is because Warner appears to be satisfied with its current slate of tentpoles.

Variety reports that Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) is in discussions with Warner to return to the Akira directors chair. The director left in early 2012 after production stalled. Filming is set to begin in spring of 2014. Leonardo DiCaprio (Growing Pains) is producing, along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran (Orphan) and Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex).

BREAKING NEWS: Director Jaume Collet-Serra chats a little about Akira in hopes that it will be his next film after wrapping up Run All Night (action flick with Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman). Now that he has done Unknown and Non-Stop, he says: “the powers that be are interested.”

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Deal on Fire! Commitment | Blu-ray | Only $9.96 – Expires soon!

Commitment | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Commitment | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Park Hong-Soo’s Commitment, available at a special $9.96 pre-order price! After his father’s botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-Hoon (Choi Seung-Hyun) and his young sister Hye-In (Han Ye-Ri) are sent to a labor prison camp. In order to save his sister’s life, Myung-Hoon volunteers to become a spy and infiltrates the South as a teenage defector. Watch the trailer.

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Jason Statham-less ‘Transporter’ reboot gets a new lead!

"Transporter 3" Japanese DVD Cover

"Transporter 3" Japanese DVD Cover

According to THR, Luc Besson’s company, EuropaCorp, is prepping a Transporter 4, followed by two more sequels, if 4 is successful. The new set of sequels will focus on the lead character’s origin story, which not only makes it a reboot, but also a prequel.

However, it has been confirmed that Jason Statham will not be reprising the role of Frank Martin. It wasn’t disclosed why Statham isn’t involved, but it’s safe to say that he’s booked with other projects, such as the upcoming Expendables 3, Fast & Furious 7, HeatSusan Cooper and The Mechanic 2.

Well have more news about the Transporter movies as the news comes. Also, be sure to read about the Transporter TV series, which will be airing on TNT this fall.

Updates: Film Combat Syndicate reports that Ed Skrein (Game of Thones) is filling the shoes for Jason Statham in the series of Transporter films.

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Deal on Fire! Tai Chi Master | Blu-ray | Only $8.49 – Expires soon!

"Tai Chi Master" Blu-ray Cover

"Tai Chi Master" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is Tai Chi Master, a 1993 Jet Li classic on Blu-ray! Also staring Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Siu-hou Chin and Fennie Yuen, this epic martial arts film features staple choreography by director Yuen Woo Ping (Kill Bill, The Matrix), one of the most successful and influential figures in Hong Kong action cinema.

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Cityonfire and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of ‘Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon’ – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon to three lucky Cityonfire visitors. To enter, simply add a comment to this post telling us what your favorite Tsui Hark film is, along with a brief explanation of why it’s your favorite. We will be selecting three winners 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 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon will be officially released on February 11, 2014. We will announce the 3 lucky winners on February 10th and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by February 10th to qualify. Also, because Well Go USA holds the film’s U.S. rights, only U.S. residents may enter the contest. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. Contest is subject to change without notice.

WINNERS: Congratulations to Ben, Sheldon and Prodigal Son. You have all been notified via email.

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5 new clips for Liam Neeson’s action flick ‘Non-Stop’

"Non-Stop" Theatrical Poster

"Non-Stop" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Non-Stop is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) and also stars Julianne Moore.

If Liam agrees, he will play a burnt-out air marshal who battles terrorists while aboard an international flight.

Even though Non-Stop sounds just like 1992′s Passenger 57, I’m looking forward to seeing Liam kick some ass again. After all, he’s been the world’s #1 action star since Taken. I think he has officially earned a part in Expendables 3. What do you think, Sly?

Update: It looks like Liam Neeson might just be teaming up with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra once again for Non-Stop. | According to Empire, Julianne Moore is joing Liam Neeson in Non-Stop.

According to Variety, Non-Stop has a February 28, 2014 release date. Neeson is portraying an air marshal who receives a demand that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an account — with a passenger killed every 20 minutes until the funds are transferred. | Watch a clip from Non-Stop. Be sure to check out the trailer as well.

BREAKING NEWS: Collider has 5 new Non-Stop clips. Enjoy.

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