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Class of 1989: Cyborg – Heaven and Hell, Cyberpunk Surfer Villains, and Van Dammage

[We're celebrating some of the most memorable horror and sci-fi movies of 1989 this month in Daily Dead's Class of 89 retrospective series! Check back on Daily Dead throughout the rest of August for more special features celebrating the 30th anniversaries of a wide range of horror and sci-fi films!]

If you are old enough, I’m sure you miss the video store days. Those wonderful Friday nights at the local movie rental palace, with row after row of potential mind-expanding, mind-exploding cinema. From the experimental to the exploitive and even the exalted works in beautiful genre-identified, alphabetized sections with a recommendation wall where Godard’s Pierrot le fou could live comfortably next to Gordon’s From Beyond. It was an exceptional time and place for a cinephile to wander, sometimes aimlessly, into an interesting Friday night movie.

In my neighborhood, we had all the rental chains and a few “mom and pop” shops, but the best place in my neck of the woods to find the strangest cataloging of movies was at this local grocery store that had the videos right next to the bakery. The grouping of movies ranged from “Clint Eastwood Westerns” to “Non-Clint Eastwood Westerns,” “Scary
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Universal Lands Action Spec ‘Versus’ By Alex Litvak & Michael Finch; ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Helmer David Leitch & Kelly McCormick Producing

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has preemptively acquired the action spec script Versus. The script by Alex Litvak & Michael Finch is described as a high-concept international thriller that has a badass Running Man meets Bloodsport vibe.

The scribes previously sold Medieval to Sony and they wrote Predators and the upcoming Masters of the Universe. Litvak’s credits also include The Three Musketeers and Finch’s include American Assassin.

David Leitch, director of the upcoming Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and Kelly McCormick will produce for their Universal-based 87North Productions banner. Litvak and Finch will executive produce. Leitch directed Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde and co-directed John Wick. McCormick was exec producer on Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw, and served as producer on Atomic Blonde.

Universal’s Evp Production Matt Reilly will oversee for the studio.

Litvak is represented by Fourth Wall Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Finch is represented by Verve.
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Fantasia 2019: ‘American Fighter’ Review

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Stars: Bryan Craig, Tommy Flanagan, Sean Patrick Flannery, George Kosturos, Allison Paige | Written by Carl Morris, Shaun Piccinino | Directed by Shaun Piccinino

A fictional sequel to an semi-autobiographical original, American Fighter is an interesting proposition for a film and, at least in cinematic terms, shares a lot in common with the classic martial arts film Bloodsport – both deal with underground fighting and both have a connection to the real-life tales of their characters. In this case George Kosturos plays the alter-ego of producer Ali Afshar – whose story of moving from Iran to America and fitting in by becoming a top-class athlete was told in the 2016 film American Wrestler.

American Fighter picks up where that film left off, once again following Ali Jahani (George Kosturos) as he tries to raise funds to get his mother out of Tehran after his father is pulled of their flight to the Us and assassinated,
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Jean-claude Van Damme's Double Impact Gets a Special Edition Blu-ray with Tons of Extras

Jean-claude Van Damme's Double Impact Gets a Special Edition Blu-ray with Tons of Extras
Following last year's Mvd Rewind Collection branded Collector's Editions of classic Van Damme films Black Eagle and Lionheart, Mvd continues its love for the legendary action star with a fully loaded blu-ray of Double Impact, a favorite among fans of the kickboxing action hero.

90s action movies were the best. And what could be better than Jean-Claude Van Damme in an explosively entertaining action extravaganza? Two of him! There's twice the excitement, twice the mayhem and twice the fun in this turbo-charged adventure that pushes the thrills into overdrive from co-writer and director Sheldon Lettich and Co-Producer Michael Douglas along with co-stars Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil's Rejects), Bolo Yeung (Bloodsport), Alonna Shaw (King Of New York) and Cory Everson (Natural Born Killers).

Van Damme leaps into the dual roles of Chad and Alex Wagner, twin brothers who were separated after their parents' brutal murder. Years later, the two couldn't be
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Film Review: Blood-Club Dolls 1 (2018) by Shutaro Oku

The underground fighting movie, a byproduct of films like “Kickboxer” and “Bloodsport” but popularized by “Fight Club,” is given another adaptation in this slick, engrossing new effort from director Shutaro Oku adapted from the original anime ‘Blood-c.’ Just now getting to the foreign festival part of it’s run, the film is part of the lineup at Japan Film Fest Hamburg.

“Blood-Club Dolls 1” is screening at Japan Filmfest Hamburg:

Following the news of a heinous tragedy, Mana (Aki Asakura) searches the streets for her missing brother Aiba (Ryo Kitaen), the person accused of committing the incident. Unaware of his true status or location, Aiba finds himself in the employ of an underground fighting ring using inmates like him to entertain wealthy clients, eventually moving up the ranks of the fighters quite quickly. Eventually frustrated at the lack of information from the investigation, she turns to Detective Mito (Tomoto Hachiman) to help him,
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Trailer for New Documentary “Chinese Hercules: The Bolo Yeung Story”

Filmmakers Aziz Cem and Pavel Nyziak are working to complete production of the documentary “Chinese Hercules:The Bolo Yeung Story”. Bolo Yeung became a household name with his iconic roles in such films as “Bloodsport” and “Enter The Dragon”. The production features archive footage along with interviews with various industry names/stars.

The documentary is currently in production and set to be released this year. A trailer has been made available through Fantasy Brush Productions, and can be viewed below.

Synopsis

This is the story of the bodybuilder, Martial Artist and actor who wrote his own destiny and walked his own path. A legendary tale that’s never been told on-screen before. (IMDb)
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The B-Movie With The Oscar Powered Pedigree – Best of the Best

Tom Jolliffe revisits Best of the Best…

We’ve all seen those trailers before. You may see them predominantly around the time that Oscar baited films begin popping up, in readiness for an Autumn and winter push for Academy recognition. A principal cast loaded with calibre. They get announced on screen. Starring Academy Award winner…, Academy Award winner…, Academy Award nominee… etc. If you look at some films historically, we’ve seen films with four or more cast members who’ve all had some form of Academy recognition in the same film. It affords the film a little gravitas, and the marketers fall upon it with great relish.

Ordinarily these films will be big studio productions. They don’t always turn out brilliantly it must be said. Occasionally these people are brought together in something where clearly, every one of them is after an easy paycheck and the studio itself
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‘Worth’ Review

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Stars: Eduardo Castrillo, Samantha Aper, Tony Todd, Clifton Powell, Miguel A.Nunez Jr, Willie Barcena, Mauricio Alonso, Jose Palacios | Written by Eduardo Castrillo, Jose Palacios | Directed by Eduardo Castrillo

Directed by and starring Eduardo Castrillo, Worth is a love letter to Muay Thai Kickboxing and tells of Ricky, a top contender in Muay Thai meets and falls in love with Danielle (Samantha Aper), a paralegal in the city. Together they embark a relationship dealing with his championship match and her big court case. Danielle gets into an accident putting her into a coma and now Ricky has to do whatever it takes in order to pay for medical care…

Ok, so that’s the official synopsis, but what is Worth really like? Well its essentially the same underdog story we’ve seen in a thousand sports films – from Rocky to Teen Wolf and even this films kickboxing compadre, Bloodsport. Only
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‘The Bouncer’ DVD Review

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Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sami Bouajila, Sveva Alviti, Sam Louwyck, Kevin Janssens, Kaaris, Alice Verset | Written by Jérémie Guez | Directed by Julien Leclercq

In The Bouncer, Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Lukas, a tough nightclub bouncer struggling to raise his 8-year-old daughter. One day, Lukas loses control during an altercation with a client and ends up in jail, while his daughter is taken away from him. Things take an unexpected turn when Interpol recruits Lukas to bring down a Dutch ringleader operating from Belgium in exchange for his daughter’s custody.

You’ve got to hand it to Jean-Claude Van Damme. Unlike his contemporaries whochurn out action movies like its still the ’90s, making themselves look stupid in incompetent fight scenes and risible love scenes with younger co-stars, Van Damme has instead aged gracefully on-screen – embracing his age with roles that still require him to kick arse but also, thankfully,
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‘Justice League vs. The Fatal Five’ 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates and Details

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced all the details for the new DC Universe animated feature-length movie, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five.

The Digital HD and Digital 4K versions of Justice League vs. The Fatal Five arrive first on March 30th. The physical 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD versions are slated for release on April 16th.

Those opting for the 4K version can expect Dolby Vision Hdr and Dolby Atmos audio.

The extensive cast list includes Elyes Gabel as Thomas Kallor/Star Boy, Diane Guerrero as Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, George Newbern as Superman, Peter Jessop as Tharok, Matthew Yang King as The Persuader, Sumalee Montano as Emerald Empress, Philip Anthony Rodriguez as Mano, Daniela Bobadilla as Miss Martian, Kevin Michael Richardson as Mr. Terrific, Noel Fisher as Brainiac 5, Tara Strong as Saturn Girl, and Tom Kenny as Bloodsport.
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Own Justice League vs The Fatal Five on Digital & 4K/Blu-Ray This Spring

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The almighty Justice League is in for the fight of their lives when villains from the future invade their timeline! Justice League vs The Fatal Five releases this Spring. Details within...

We've witnessed the Justice League take on a Lot of formidable foes. Braniac, Lex Luthor, Vandal Savage, Darkseid & the residents of Apokolips, heck even each other, to name a few. In Justice League vs The Fatal Five, they'll have to take on the time-traveling trio of Mano, Persuader and Tharok who threaten mankind, as they search for the emerging Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz, who holds the key to unlocking the rest of the Fatal Five.

Justice League vs the Fatal Five releases on Digital HD on March 30, 2019 and 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray on April 16, 2019.

The fate of the planet rests on the shoulders of a reluctant Green Lantern and an unstable hero from the future in "Justice League vs.
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Justice League vs. the Fatal Five Details Released

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Burbank, CA – The fate of the planet rests on the shoulders of a reluctant Green Lantern and an unstable hero from the future in Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting March 30, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on April 16, 2019.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($39.99 Srp) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with Hdr and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

Justice League vs.
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Justice League Vs. the Fatal Five Trailer Reveals DC's New Animated Movie

Warner Bros. has unveiled the official trailer for Justice League Vs. the Fatal Five, their latest animated DC Comics adaptation. They've also revealed that the upcoming title will hit digital retailers on March 30, with physical Blu-ray/4K copies arriving on shelves on April 16.

As for the trailer, it's absolutely epic in scope and loaded down with action. It's also done very much in the style of the beloved Justice League cartoon, which should delight DC fans. Justice League vs. The Fatal Five sees Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman trying to find answers as the time-traveling trio of Mano, Persuader and Tharok terrorize Metropolis in search of up-and-coming Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz, who they intend to use in order to free the remaining Fatal Five members, Emerald Empress and Validus.

The cast includes Elyes Gabel (Game of Thrones) as Thomas Kallor/Star Boy, Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black) as Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern.
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Justice League vs. The Fatal Five voice cast includes Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg and George Newborn

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the first bit of information regarding the upcoming DC animated film, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five.

Coming from executive producer and DC animation legend Bruce Timm, the film will be set in its own continuity and have no connection to many of the previous films in the DC animated film canon such as the upcoming Reign of the Supermen. Fans will be pleased to know that Justice League veterans Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg and George Newborn will be reprising their roles of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman for the film.

Appearing alongside DC’s trinity will be the Fatal Five, a group of villains from the future who are in search of Jessica Cruz, one of the latest recruits in the Green Lantern Corps.

See Also: Batman: The Long Halloween animated movie reportedly in development

See Also: Rumour: Batman: Hush animated movie voice cast revealed

Justice League vs.
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The Season of Dolph Lundgren

Tom Jolliffe looks at Dolph Lundgren’s current comeback with roles in two of the winter season’s biggest releases….

The Thanksgiving and Christmas movie seasons are a lucrative time of year. It comes after the atypical autumn lull, boosting the coffers after the summer blockbuster blitz. I recall one Christmas season (very vaguely), 31 years ago. Dolph Lundgren, two years after having been launched to stardom as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, was about to follow up his (now iconic) villainous debut, playing a hero. He was the living embodiment of He-Man in Masters of the Universe. In theory, it should have been a big hit, but two problems arose. It took too long to emerge and capitalise on Lundgren’s Rocky fame fully. Secondly, it was produced by Cannon, who specialised in ‘in theory this should be a big hit…’ That would normally come in unison with meagre budgets and corner cutting,
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From VHS to VOD #7 – A Jeff Wincott Special!

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Welcome back to our ongoing From VHS to VOD column – our guide through the strange and obscure – the odd, unseen and unreleased (well unreleased on disc formats) films available on streaming and on-demand services.

in the intro to our last installment I mentioned the explosion of obscure movies hitting Amazon Prime Video – available for streaming rather than purchase, some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form! So with that in mind I thought over the next few columns I’d take you through a few of the films I have lined up in my “To Watch” list… Some of which I still haven’t seen!

So sit back and check out what weird and wonderful films I’ve discovered in this edition of From VHS to VOD
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Here’s Everything That’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in July

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Hulu is ringing in the summer with plenty of new titles to keep you occupied during your air conditioned TV binges next month.

The Stephen King multiverse series “Castle Rock” finally makes its debut on July 25, and the final season of Hulu’s original series “Casual” will land on July 31.

Meanwhile, the second season of Hulu’s “Harlots” premieres on July 11, and Season 4 of “You’re the Worst” is available on July 6. The third season of Lifetime’s “UnReal” is available on July 2.

Also Read: Hulu Orders Drama Pilot 'Reprisal' From 'Handmaid's Tale' Producer Warren Littlefield

See below for the complete list of titles coming to and leaving next month.

Available July 1

Alone: Complete Season 3 (History)

American Pickers: Complete Season 17 (History)

American Ripper: Complete Season 1 (History)

Ancient Top 10: Complete Season 1 (History)

The Curse of Oak Island: Complete Season 4 (History)

Doomsday Preppers: Complete Season 2 (Nat Geo)

Forged in Fire: Complete
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Here’s What’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in July

New month, new streaming options! Hulu has announced its list of movies and TV shows that will be added to the streaming service in June 2018, as well as what will be expiring—so adjust your queue accordingly. Lots of good stuff coming to Hulu on the film side next month, including A.I: Artificial Intelligence, Before Midnight, The Rundown, American Psycho, Bound, The Monsters Squad, Braveheart, Clue, Election, Personally, I’m most excited to see Bloodsport in the mix because I …
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New Behind The Scenes Photo Shows The Original Predator Design

Everyone loves the Predator, whose iconic mandibles, dreadlocks and slimily yonic mouth have made him one of the pre-eminent movie monsters – one who’s due to make a return in this fall’s highly anticipated blockbuster.

Of course, his success stems from John McTiernan’s all-time classic Predator, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger and a team of hyper-muscled badasses went toe-to-toe with the galaxy’s fiercest hunter. Yet, the franchise might have died on the vine if they’d gone with the original design for the creature, which we’ve now got a great look at thanks to this new behind the scenes photo.

Take a look:

As you can see, the original Predator is pretty goofy. This version of the monster was designed by Boss Film Studios, who’d produced an impressive maquette of how the alien could look. John McTiernan and producer Joel Silver signed off on it, not
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