[Blu-ray Review] 'Lionheart' From MVD Rewind Collection

A soldier in the French Foreign Legion, Leon Gaultier (Jean-Claude Van Damme), is serving abroad in East Africa. But after his brother is murdered in a drug deal gone wrong, Leon deserts the legion and sails to the United States to help his widowed sister-in-law, Helene (Lisa Pelikan), who is now destitute and scraping by to take care of her child. Just as he gets to the states, he finds a pay phone to contact Helene. However, with no money, the operator quickly dismisses him. Just as he hangs up the phone, he glances to the left, and conveniently sees an underground fight club gathered under the overpass for the entertainment. And with a chin, and fists, and kicks like Van Damme, who is he to let you down? This begins our journey into the underground fighting world. To make some money and get to/take care of Helene, Leon must fight. Will Leon survive the brutal bare-knuckle circuit and make it back to his sister? Order MVD Rewind's release of Lionheart to find out.

MVD Rewind's release of Lionheart is absolutely packed with bonus features. And not uninformative lame features most releases come with these days. Lionheart comes with (deep breath) the: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations of the main feature. Original 2.0 Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) and 5.1 Surround. Includes both Original Theatrical Version (HD, 104 mins) and Extended Cut (on Blu-ray only, HD, 110 mins). English, French, and Spanish Subtitles (on main feature). Archival Audio Commentary by Sheldon Lettich & Harrison Page (Extended Cut only). NEW - "Lionheart: The Inside Story" (HD, 47:29), (Featuring interviews with cast and crew including star/co-writer Jean-Claude Van Damme, Director/co-writer Sheldon Lettich, Producer Eric Karson and stars Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard and Brian Thompson). NEW - "Inside Lionheart with the Filmmakers and Cast" (HD, 25:52). (All new documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew including Jean-Claude Van Damme). NEW - "Lionheart: Behind the Fights" (HD, 10:19) (Featuring interviews with the Cast and Crew including Jean-Claude Van Damme). Archival "Making Of" Featurette (SD, 8:55). Archival interviews with Harrison Page (13:05). 5 Promotional TV Clips (SD). Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery. Original Theatrical Trailer. Collectible Mini-Poster. Whew. That's a lot of good stuff.

As a fan of older action films, I couldn't urge you more to head over to MVD Rewind's catalog and pursue the greatness.


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