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Tuesday, June 18

Blu-ray Review: Double Team (Retro VHS Look)


Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon
Does anyone else remember the good ole days when Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Seagal, and Van Damme ruled the box-office?

I guess you can say I grew up an '80s & '90s action junkie, mostly thanks to my father who introduced me to Rambo, Terminator, Predator, and many other classic films. There were many great movies released during my childhood... and then there were many duds, including the nearly forgotten Double Team starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and the legendary ex-NBA player Dennis Rodman.

From my recollection, I saw Double Team only once when it first released as a VHS rental in the late '90s. I was a big Chicago Bulls fan at the time, as well as a Van Damme fan, so I naturally wanted to see the film. Let's just say that I didn't care too much for the movie. I'd pretty much forgotten about the film until it was released on Blu-ray (R; $14.98; 99 minutes) earlier this month from Mill Creek Entertainment, which is part of their "Retro VHS Look" series ,where the Blu-ray slipcovers resemble the old VHS covers.

Directed by Tsui Hark, Van Damme plays Jack Paul Quinn, a counter-terrorist agent who's forced into early retirement after failing to capture the terrorist Stavros (played by Mickey Rourke). After learning his pregnant wife, Kathryn (played by Natacha Lindinger), has been kidnapped by Stavros, Quinn escapes his retirement (a.k.a. - the Colony) and teams up with an arms dealer, Yaz (played by Dennis Rodman).

Quinn goes on a quest to rescue to Kathryn and their unborn baby, and take out Stavros once and for all.

Final Thoughts

Double Team isn't nearly as bad as I remembered it to be. The plot is as basic as you can get. The directing is mediocre at best, the action-scenes are generic, and the dialogue is dumb. Van Damme looks really bored throughout the entire film and Dennis Rodman proves why he should never act!

Honestly, the only one good thing the movie has going for it are the funny one-liners making fun of Dennis Rodman's NBA career.

The picture and sound quality is pretty decent on the Blu-ray. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Overall, Double Team is a forgettable Van Damme '90s action flick that is neither good or bad. You might like it if you're looking for a mindless entertainment movie.

*Note: I received a review copy from Mill Creek Entertainment.
All opinions are my own.




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