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Action Classics Unleashed: Assassination Games/Double Team/Maximum Risk/Until Death [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Double Team
Like John Woo and Ringo Lam before him, noted Hong Kong action director Tsui Hark made his American filmmaking debut with a thriller starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. For this film, Hark also had the privilege of guiding basketball star Dennis Rodman through his first dramatic role. American anti-terrorist agent Jack Quinn (Van Damme) has retired from duty, content to stay with his pregnant wife at his seaside hideaway. However, the CIA lure him back into duty for one last mission: wiping out crazed international terrorist Stavros (Mickey Rourke). Quinn flies to Antwerp to ambush Stavros, but his plan fails; Quinn is captured and imprisoned in "The Colony," a prison camp for spies "too valuable to kill and too dangerous to set free." To further torture Quinn, Stavros kidnaps Quinn's wife; after she gives birth to their son, Stavros keeps him captive, surrounded by land mines and wild animals. Quinn escapes and makes plans to rescue his wife and child, but he can't do it alone, so he seeks the help of Yaz (Rodman), a top-level underground arms merchant with a tendency towards flamboyant body modification. Rodman also appears with R&B vocalist Crystal Waters on the song "Just a Freak" which appears on the film's soundtrack. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Assassination Games
Two killers team up to take out a ruthless drug dealer, only to find that their mission has made them a target for corrupt Interpol agents and underworld assassins with some serious firepower. Brazil (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a hitman who never misses his mark; Flint (Scott Adkins) is a hired gun who walked away from the game. But when a vicious drug dealer beats Flint's wife into a coma, the retired killer leaps back into action. Later, Brazil and Flint learn that their target is a marked man. There's a substantial reward on his head, but in order to get it, the two killers will have to navigate a nonstop hail of bullets. Should they manage to survive long enough to take out their notorious mark, Brazil will have his payday as Flint savors his revenge. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Maximum Risk
Alain Moreau (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a French cop whose colleagues make a startling discovery -- a man named Mikhail, who was killed in a high-speed chase with police, looks exactly like him. Curious about the stranger with his face, Alain is told by his mother Chantal (Stephane Audran) that Mikhail was in fact his twin brother, whom her poor family was forced to give up at birth. Alain wants to know more about the brother he never knew, but the more he learns the more troubling the news becomes; it seems that Mikhail was involved with gangsters, corrupt FBI agents, and a gang of drug dealers. In order to avenge his brother's death and get to the bottom of his sad story, Alain assumes Mikhail's identity and travels to New York City, where to maintain his cover he takes up with Alex Minetti (Natasha Henstridge), Mikhail's tough-as-nails girlfriend, before finding himself hip-deep in danger with Mikhail's associates. Maximum Risk was the first American film from noted Hong Kong action director Ringo Lam, whose City on Fire has often been cited as a key inspiration for Reservoir Dogs. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Until Death
Upon awakening from a deep coma, a troubled police detective sets out to rescue his wife and seek vengeance against the men who nearly took his life. Anthony Stowe (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a heroin-addicted detective attempting to take down the city's most powerful drug lord. His life is in shambles, his wife is pregnant with another man's child, and when the bust goes awry, two of his fellow officers end up dead as Lowe lies in a hospital bed hovering between life and death. Miraculously, Lowe eventually wakes up from his trauma-induced repose. While he once thought his life couldn't get any worse, however, the ailing detective is shattered to learn that the very same men he had nearly died attempting to apprehend have kidnapped his wife. Now left with nothing to lose and every reason to live, the same man who had once written his own life off determines to rescue his wife and ensure that justice is served no matter what the cost. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
    Jean-Claude Van Damme - Jack Quinn
  • Dennis Rodman
    Dennis Rodman - Yaz
  • Mickey Rourke
    Mickey Rourke - Stavros
  • Paul Freeman
    Paul Freeman - Goldsmythe
  • Natacha Lindinger
    Natacha Lindinger - Kath
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