’80s Actioners ‘Born to Fight,’ ‘Cop Game’ and ‘Double Target’ Due on Blu-ray Dec. 13 From Severin and MVD

Three 1980s action films — Born to Fight, Cop Game and Double Target — are being released on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 13 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

To create Born to Fight (1989), shortly after completing Strike Commando 2, director Bruno Mattei, screenwriters Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi, and stars Brent Huff and former Miss World/Bond girl Mary Stavin immediately reloaded for another shot-in-the-Philippines, exploding-hut classic. In the film, when a badass Vietnam veteran (Huff) is hired by a television reporter (Stavin) to return to the jungle hellhole where he was tortured as a P.O.W., the fuse is lit for betrayal, vengeance, massive fireballs and incongruous Austrians. Romano Puppo (Robowar), Werner Pochath (Cop Game) and Massimo Vanni (Zombie 3) co-star in this action epic scanned in 2K from the original negative. Special features include audio commentary with Huff and Stavin (theatrical cut only); “Mr. Cobra Dundee,” an interview with screenwriter/assistant director Claudio Fragasso; “Cigarettes in Heaven,” an interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; and the trailer.

In Cop Game (1988), after exploding miles of Philippine jungle, director Bruno Mattei and screenwriter Rossella Drudi borrow the plot of Off Limits for an action-thriller that blasts more than just bamboo huts. In the film, in the final days of the Vietnam War, a squad of rogue U.S. soldiers begins slaughtering American officers. But when a tough Army investigator (Huff) and his partner (Max Laurel of Robowar) are assigned to the case, they tear apart Manila-as-Saigon in a frenzy of machine guns, car chases, stock footage and miniatures. Candice Daly (Zombie 4), Werner Pochath (Born to Fight) and Brett Halsey (The Devil’s Honey) co-star in the film restored in 2K from the original negative. Special features include “Sweet Home Manila,” an interview with second unit director Claudio Fragasso; “Giallo in Saigon,” an interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; “The Last King of the Philippines,” an interview with producer Franco Gaudenzi; extended scenes; and the trailer.

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In Mattei’s Double Target (1987), when terrorist attacks ravage Southeast Asia, the U.S. government recruits former loose-cannon commando Bob Ross (O’Keeffe of Tarzan the Ape Man and Ator) to return to Vietnam, hunt down the Russian madman (Bo Svenson of The Inglorious Bastards) responsible, rescue his long-lost Amerasian son and destroy anything that gets in his way. Ottaviano Dell’Acqua (Zombie 3), Luciano Pigozzi (Strike Commando), Massimo Vanni (Robowar) and Donald Pleasence co-star in the film restored in 2K from the original negative. Special features include “Italian Masters of War,” an interview with co-director/screenwriter Claudio Fragasso; “All About the Sentiment,” an interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; and trailers.

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