‘Expendables 4-Film Collection’ Due in Blu-ray Combo Pack March 5

The Expendables 4-Film Collection arrives on Blu-ray (plus DVD plus digital) March 5 from Lionsgate.

The action franchise has earned more than $780 million at the box office.

This bundle, which features four art cards, includes all four films in “The Expendables” franchise. In The Expendables, the elite mercenaries (Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham) are caught in a web of betrayal and deceit when they’re hired by a shady operative (Bruce Willis) to overthrow a South American dictator. In The Expendables 2, a deranged arms dealer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) turns the team’s (Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren) easy paycheck into a tragedy, while The Expendables 3 pits old school vs. new blood when Barney Ross and his team (Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford) square off against a longtime foe (Mel Gibson). In Expend4bles, a new group of mercenaries (50 Cent, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa) joins the “old guard” to help fight an arms dealer with his own private army.

Each title includes myriad special features.

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Pluto TV Launches ‘Fight Month’ Programming

This month, Pluto TV will be streaming free “Fight Month” programming, with content ranging from Glory Kickboxing to Women of Wrestling to Bellator MMA.

Women of Wrestling Marathons will run throughout Wednesdays this month, beginning at 5 p.m. on Fight and will span all 52 episodes from 2022.

On Pluto TV’s Bellator MMA channel, viewers can view “Best of Bellator” and witness some of the top fights in MMA history. Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. EST on Bellator MMA is Bellator 301: Amosov vs. Jackson Prelims live.

On Glory Kickboxing, viewers can watch showdowns, including the Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam Tournament, where warriors vie for a $400,000 first-place prize and more.

With “Fight Movie Fridays,” each Friday in November starting at 7 p.m. EST on the Fight Channel, viewers can enjoy classics from action legends such as Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and more.

The lineup:

  • Nov. 3 – Jackie Chan: Operation Condor, New Police Story, Dragon Blade
  • Nov. 10 – Jean-Claude Van Damme: Kickboxer, Death Warrant, Replicant
  • Nov. 17 – Chuck Norris: Lone Wolf Mcquade, Code of Silence, Missing in Action
  • Nov. 24 – Bruce Lee: The Way of the Dragon, The Big Boss, Fist of Fury

 

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Also, all month on demand channel DAZN Fight Zone is showcasing classic fights from fighters such as Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez and Bernard Hopkins.

Pluto’s 24/7 fight channels in the sports category include Fight, Bellator MMA, Glory Kickboxing and PFL MMA.

‘Death Warrant’ and ‘Death Wish 3’ Among Actioners Due on Blu-ray Aug. 23 From MVD and Ronin Flix

Death Warrant with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Death Wish 3 with Charles Bronson and Lone Wolf McQuade and The Delta Force featuring Chuck Norris are being released on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group and Ronin Flix.

In 1990’s Death Warrantfeaturing a new 2020 2K scan — Van Damme is officer Louis Burke, a roguish police detective who goes undercover to investigate a series of inmate murders at Harrison Penitentiary. Posing as a prisoner, Burke encounters brutal inmates, corrupt guards, death and betrayal at every turn. When he unearths the shocking secret behind the penitentiary’s inner workings, Burke must attempt a daring escape that pits him against not only hundreds of murderous inmates but also a deadly enemy from his own past, The Sandman (Patrick Kilpatrick, Class of 1999, Under Siege 2). The film also stars Robert Guillaume (“Benson”), Cynthia Gibb (Youngblood, Modern Girls), Joshua Miller (Near Dark, Teen Witch) and Art LaFleur (Trancers, Cobra). Special features include audio commentary with director Deran Sarafian; an interview with Kilpatrick; an interview with LaFleur; and trailers.

In 1985’s Death Wish 3 — featuring a new 2020 2K scan — Charles Bronson (The Mechanic, Stone Killer, Mr. Majestyk, 10 to Midnight) returns as Paul Kersey, an everyday-man turned vigilante after the murders of his wife and daughter. Paul doesn’t seek out violence. It just seems to find him. But when it does, he never backs down. Road-worn and battle-weary, Kersey longs to leave his fighting days behind him. But when he arrives in New York to visit an old friend, he finds him brutally attacked and gasping for breath in a pool of blood. The silent avenger must wage war once more on the city’s punks, thugs and hoodlums, but this time he’s brought a small arsenal of guns, knives and even a bazooka. The supporting cast includes Deborah Raffin (God Told Me To, The Dove, Once Is Not Enough), Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard, Breakheart Pass, Death Hunt, Midnight Man), Martin Balsam (Psycho, All the President’s Men, A Thousand Clowns, Mitchell), Gavan O’Herlihy (Never Say Never Again, TV’s “Happy Days,” Superman III, Willow), Alex Winter (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Lost Boys) and Ricco Ross (Aliens). Death Wish 3 was the sixth and final collaboration between Bronson and director Michael Winner (Chato’s Land, Death Wish, Firepower). Special features include an interview with actor Kirk Taylor (The Giggler) and audio commentary with Paul Talbot (author of the “Bronson’s Loose!” books).

In 1983’s Lone Wolf McQuade — featuring a 2020 2K scan from the original interpositive — Chuck Norris is McQuade, a legendary Texas Ranger feared by outlaws and respected by other lawmen. When he uncovers a gun smuggling operation led by an American gangster (David Carradine, P.O.W.: The Escape, TV’s “Kung Fu,” Dune Warriors), McQuade wreaks havoc on all those who come between him and the law. The film co-stars Leon Isaac Kennedy (Too Scared to Scream, Body and Soul), Barbara Carrera (Embryo, Never Say Never Again), L.Q. Jones (The Wild Bunch, Bulletproof, A Boy and His Dog), Robert Beltran (Eating Raoul, Star Trek Voyager), R.G. Armstrong (Bulletproof, Jocks), William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Savage Weekend) and Sharon Farrell (The Fifth Floor, Sweet 16) and is directed by veteran Steve Carver (The Arena, Bulletproof, Capone). Special features include audio commentary with Carver, actors Beltran and Jones, and producer Yoram Ben-Ami, moderated by C. Courtney Joyner; interviews with stars Kennedy, Jones, Beltran and producer Yoram Ben-Ami; and the theatrical trailer.

In 1986’s The Delta Force — featuring a 2020 2K restoration from the original interpositive — when a U.S. passenger plane is seized by a vicious hijacker (Robert Forster, Medium Cool, Peacemaker, Jackie Brown) and taken to Beirut, the president calls in the Delta Force — a crack team of commandos led by Colonel Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin, Point Blank, Prime Cut, Academy Award winner for Cat Ballou, in his last film) and Major Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris, The Octagon, Lone Wolf McQuade). Against all odds, the men blast into the compound and — taking no prisoners — rescue the hostages. The film co-stars George Kennedy (the “Airport” series, Deathship, Academy Award winner for Cool Hand Luke), Robert Vaughn (Man From Uncle, The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt), Bo Svenson (“Walking Tall” series, Choke Canyon, Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker), Steve James (POW The Escape, the “American Ninja” series), Martin Balsam (Death Wish 3, Psycho, Academy Award winner for A Thousand Clowns), Joey Bishop (Johnny Cool), Kim Delaney (“NYPD Blue,” Body Parts) and Shelley Winters (Bloody Mama, Tentacles, A Patch of Blue, Academy Award nominee for The Poseidon Adventure). Special features include interviews with Forster, Alain Jakubowicz and James Bruner and the theatrical trailer.

‘Universal Soldier’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Due June 21 From Lionsgate

Director Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi actioner Universal Soldier arrives June 21 on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital Steelbook from Lionsgate.

The 1992 sci-fi classic stars Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD, Double Team, Double Impact, Kickboxer), Dolph Lundgren (Johnny Mnemonic, Masters of the Universe, Rocky IV), Ally Walker (Kazaam, While You Were Sleeping, TV’s “Profiler”), Ed O’Ross (Dick Tracy, Red Heat, Lethal Weapon) and Jerry Orbach (TV’s “Law & Order,” Broadway Bound, Beauty and the Beast).

In the film, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme) and Sgt. Andrew Scott ( Lundgren) are two soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam and are brought back to life 25 years later for a secret government program. Known as “Unisols,” they are genetically enhanced, unstoppable killing machines without memory, feelings or free will. But when Deveraux’s memory starts to return and he escapes the program, a superhuman chase across the country begins. 

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Special features include audio commentary by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Van Damme and  Lundgren; audio commentary by Emmerich and Devlin; the “A Tale of Two Titans” featurette; the “Guns, Genes, and Fighting Machines” featurette; an alternate ending; behind-the-scenes footage; and the trailer.

Van Damme Starrer ‘Hard Target’ Getting 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Edition From Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber is giving the 1993 Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner Hard Target the royal treatment, with a two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition arriving at retail on Dec. 7.

Retailer orders for the film, part of the Kino Lorber Studio Classics line, are due Nov. 9. The set will carry a suggested retail price (SRP) of $39.95.

Directed by John Woo and executive produced by Sam Raimi, the film also stars Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler, Arnold Vosloo, Wilford Brimley and Kasi Lemmons.

Van Damme portrays Chance Boudreaux, the target of an evil mercenary (Henriksen) who recruits combat veterans for the “amusement” of his clients — bored tycoons who will pay half a million dollars to stalk and kill them. When beautiful Natasha Binder (Butler) hires Chance to search for her missing father, she gets more than she bargained for.

The new Kino Lorber Studio Classics edition of Hard Target features a new 4K restoration of the unrated international cut, from a 4K scan of the original camera negative.

Bonus content includes new interviews with director Woo, actors Henriksen and Butler, and stunt coordinator  Billy Burton. The package also comes with a new audio commentary from action film historians Brandon Bentley and Mike Leeder, a newly restored HD trailer, 5.1 Surround Sound and 2.0 lossless stereo, and English subtitles.

Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Street Fighter’ Due Dec. 7 in Limited-Edition Blu-ray Steelbook From Mill Creek

The Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner Street Fighter will be released on limited-edition Steelbook Blu-ray Dec. 7 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Based on the popular video game franchise, the 1994 film stars martial arts superstar Van Damme (Double Impact, Kickboxer) as Col. Guile, who leads an international strike force against the mad Gen. M. Bison (Raul Julia). Bison, who has hatched an evil plan for world domination, takes dozens of relief workers hostage and gives the world only 72 hours to respond to his twisted demands. In that time, Guile must find the captives and confront Bison in a battle for the fate of the free world. Along the way Guile recruits intelligence officer Cammy, reporter and martial arts expert Chun-Li, two young con men Ken and Ryu, and a sumo wrestler E. Honda.

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The film also stars Ming-Na Wen (“The Mandalorian,” Mulan, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Damian Chapa (Under Siege, Blood In, Blood Out), Grammy award-winning artist Kylie Minogue (Moulin Rouge!, San Andreas), Byron Mann (The Big Short, Skyscraper) and Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, Avatar).

Licensed from Universal Home Entertainment, the title includes new bonus content including new interviews with writer-director Steven E. De Souza, producer Edward R. Pressman, composer Graeme Revell, actress Ming-Na Wen and actor Damian Chapa plus multiple archival bonus features. Mill Creek is also including a collectible Bison Dollar inside.

AVOD Service Tubi Adding 42 TV Shows, Movies March 15

Fox Corp.’s ad-supported streaming service Tubi is adding 42 catalog TV shows and movies, beginning March 15. San Francisco-based Tubi claims more than 200 million hours of content streamed each month since April 2020. Acquired in 2019 by Fox as a competitive alternative to Netflix and other SVODs, Tubi offers more than 30,000 movies and television shows from more than 250 content partners, including nearly every major studio.

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TV Shows

“Battlestar Galactica” (2004) – Seasons 1-2
“Battlestar Galactica” (1978) – Seasons 1-2
“Bewitched” (1964) – Seasons 1-2
“Buck Rogers” (1979) – Season 1
“Dawson’s Creek” (1998) – Seasons 1-2
“Designing Women” (1986) – Seasons 1-2
“Dominion” (2014) – Seasons 1-2
“Dracula” (2013) – Season 1
“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” (1994) – Seasons 1-6
“Kojak” (2004) – Season 1
“Law & Order: UK” (2009) – Seasons 1-8
“Shades of Blue” (2016) – Seasons 1-3
“Telenovela” (2015) – Season 1
“Xena: Warrior Princess” (1995) – Seasons 1-4

 Movies

Action / Thriller:
Hard Target (1993)
Hard Target 2 (2016)
Last Three Days (2020)
The Guest (2014)
The Mongolian Connection (2019)
Wetware (2018)

Comedy:
Career Opportunities (1991)
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)
Junior (1994)
Mallrats (1995)
Paper Soldiers (2002)
Problem Child (1990)

Drama:
7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
The Racer (2020)

Horror:
Alone Wolf (2020)
Attack of the Unknown (2020)
Bad Impulse (2019)
Blood Creek (2008)
Candyman (1992)
Do Not Reply (2019)
Don’t Click (2020)
Dwellers: The Curse of Pastor Strokes (2019)
Mama (2013)
The Boy (2015)
The New Daughter (2009)

Kids/Family:
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)
Casper’s Scare School (2006)
Ratchet & Clank (2016)

Lionsgate Heroes Get Dads Into Action for Father’s Day

Lionsgate has an army of heroes ready to ramp up the action for dads on Father’s Day, June 21. The studio’s catalog is filled with classics that feature iconic characters, including Rambo, John Wick and the Highlander; the genre’s top directors, including James Cameron, Paul Verhoeven and Roland Emmerich; and the genre’s biggest stars, including Sylvester Stallone, Keanu Reeves, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and many more.

All five installments in the saga of Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo are available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Lionsgate. In First Blood (1982), Stallone originates the role of the war hero, an ex-Green Beret haunted by memories of Vietnam. In Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), with a screenplay by Stallone and James Cameron (Titanic), Rambo’s survival skills are tested on a top-secret mission that takes him back to the jungles of Vietnam in search of American POWs. In Rambo III (1988), the veteran has finally begun to find inner peace inside a monastery — until his friend and men-tor Col. Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) shows up to ask for his help on a top-secret mission in Afghanistan. Rambo (2008) finds the hero leading a group of battle-scarred, combat-hardened mercenaries on a mission to rescue aid workers in war-torn Burma. Finally, Rambo: Last Blood, billed as the last chapter of Rambo’s story, finds Stallone’s tortured warrior in a brief moment of relative peace before he must unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission.

Lionsgate’s catalog also includes the saga of another hero driven by vengeance, John Wick. Keanu Reeves stars as Wick in three chapters available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. In John Wick (2014), the ex-hitman comes out of retirement to hunt down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him. The sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 finds Wick returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt with a large bounty on his life. In John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, Wick has a $14 million price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild.

No action catalog is complete without Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Lionsgate has two of his iconic movies, Terminator 2, available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, and Total Recall, available on Blu-ray plus Digital HD, DVD and Digital. In the science-fiction classic Total Recall (1990), directed by Paul Verhoeven, Schwarzenegger plays a mild-mannered construction worker who takes a virtual vacation and finds himself embroiled in espionage on Mars unable to determine if the experiences are real. Director James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) has the action star in another sci-fi classic, reprising his role as a robotic killing machine — this time on the side of humans Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her son John (Edward Furlong).

Another classic 1990s action film, Universal Soldier, is available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Lionsgate. The Roland Emmerich-directed science-fiction actioner (1992) pits Jean-Claude Van Damme against Dolph Lundgren in a story of military experiments gone wrong.

Lionsgate has two star-studded ensembles in 2010’s RED and The Expendables. RED, on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, stars Bruce Willis as a former black-ops agent who reassembles his old team to battle an assassin. It also stars Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Mary-Louise Parker. Boasting a who’s who of action stars, The Expendables features Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and many more in the story of a CIA operative who hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent. It features an appearance by Schwarzenegger and is also available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

Government intrigue also figures into Sicario, about an idealistic FBI agent enlisted by a task force to aid in a drug war at the border. Available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, the 2015 dramatic action film stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.

Finally, Lionsgate’s catalog features action-filled adventures Cutthroat Island (1995) and Highlander (1986). Directed by Renny Harlin, Cutthroat Island, available on Blu-ray and DVD, stars Geena Davis as a pirate racing against rivals to find a hidden island harboring treasure. Highlander, also available on Blu-ray and DVD, stars Christopher Lambert as an immortal Scottish swordsman battling through time.

Actioner ‘Universal Soldier’ Shooting to 4K Nov. 5 From Lionsgate

The 1992 actioner Universal Soldier will come out on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital) and digital 4K Nov. 5 from Lionsgate.

Directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, upcoming World War II epic Midway), Universal Soldier stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, alongside Ally Walker and Ed O’Ross. The film follows soldiers Luc Deveraux (Van Damme) and Sgt. Andrew Scott (Lundgren), who killed each other in Vietnam. But their demise proves to be just the beginning for the U.S. government, which brings both men back to life decades later for a secret anti-terrorism program.

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Special features include:

  • audio commentary by Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Van Damme and Lundgren
  • audio commentary by Emmerich and Devlin
  • the “A Tale of Two Titans” Featurette
  • the “Guns, Genes, and Fighting Machines” Featurette
  • an alternate Ending
  • the “Behind the Scenes” Featurette and
  • a trailer.

Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Double Impact’ Available on Blu-ray From MVD Rewind Collection

MVD Entertainment Group has released another Jean-Claude Van Damme action classic on Blu-ray in its MVD Rewind Collection, Double Impact: Special Collector’s Edition.

Already under the MVD Rewind Collection are collector’s editions of Van Damme’s Black Eagle and Lionheart.

Double Impact (1991), co-produced by Michael Douglas and co-starring Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil’s Rejects), Bolo Yeung (Bloodsport), Alonna Shaw (King of New York) and Cory Everson (Natural Born Killers), features Van Damme in 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 more different: Chad is a slick Beverly Hills fitness instructor, while Alex is a rough and tumble smuggler on the gritty streets of Hong Kong. When fate throws them together again, Chad and Alex discover that there’s one thing they have in common: they’re both fighting machines determined to enact revenge on their parents’ killers.

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Bonus features include a feature-length retrospective documentary about the making of the film from writer-producer Richard Schenkman (The Man From Earth) that includes brand new interviews with star and co-writer Van Damme, director and co-writer Sheldon Lettich, producer Ashok Amritraj, co-star Cory Everson-Donia, co-star and fight coordinator Peter Malota, and “Chad” and “Alex” photo doubles Jeff Rector and Jerry Rector; an hour of deleted and extended scenes including a newly unearthed alternate ending; “Double Impact: Anatomy of a Scene,” with Lettich highlighting how one of the film’s biggest action set pieces was constructed; behind-the-scenes featurettes; trailers; cast and crew interviews; and a mini-poster.