Another Jean-Claude Van Damme masterpiece hits the DVD shelves in a big, outrageous special edition of Universal Soldier from the fine folks at Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Newly remastered with both an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, this disc brings this sci-fi brawl into the digital age the right way. Extras on the disc include an alternate "touching" ending, along with the newly created 19-minute featurette "Guns, Genes and Fighting Machines -- The Making of Universal Soldier." Featuring interviews with Van Damme and co-headliner Dolph Lundgren, along with writer/producer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich, the featurette is a good look at the production from the eyes of two young action stars and a pre-Independence Day production team just on the cusp of box-office success. Those four also star on the audio commentary, a spliced together affair of competing accents that was taken from three separately recorded tracks that weigh heavily in the Devlin/Emmerich corner rather than the goofy ramblings of the one from the "Muscles From Brussels" or the fun insight from Lundgren. Also on the DVD is another featurette, "Tale of Two Titans," a look back at the early days of the two stars that features classic old photographs and stories of each one's break into show business from the actors themselves. A definite improvement over the film's previous DVD releases, this release is sure to bring new love to the film and its ridiculous action stars.
Newly remastered 16 x 9 widescreen feature (2.35:1)
5.1 Dolby Digital and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio
Director, writer, and talent commentary
"Guns, Genes and Fighting Machines - The Making of Universal Soldier" featurette
"Tale of Two Titans" featurette
New interviews with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren
Universal Soldier is such an awesome action movie that is, without question, a guilty pleasure. While Van Damme and Lundgren are obviously never going to win an Oscar for their acting, that’s part of what gives this movie its charm!
With such a creative idea as the basis of the movie, Van Damme and Lundgren’s over the top approach and masculinity makes this an action-lovers must-own Film! Packed from beginning to end with epic action sequences and all the tropes of a great action movie, this is pure enjoyment.
This set also comes loaded with hours of special features including 2 separate commentary tracks and a free digital redemption code.
One of my childhood favorites finally comes to the next format, 4K! This action packed extravaganza looks and sounds great in my HT. I'm glad Lionsgate is releasing a lot of their catalog movies on 4K instead of leaving them to rot somewhere, a la Paramount or Disney.
Pick this up if you're a fan of old school action movies, JCVD or Dolph!
If you like the old karate movies, you will definitely love this movie. It is one of Jean Claude’s best movies. Definitely my favorite action star in karate movies as well. Pretty cool person too. Met him at planet Hollywood back in the day. Do your self a favor and buy this one for yourself for Christmas!