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HARD TARGET looks better (and sweatier) than ever

The year was 1993. Action heroes were required to have long hair, a leather duster, and an unplaceable accent. Filmmakers like John Woo were imbuing American blockbusters with Hong Kong style. The size of an explosion was a very serious metric by which film could be judged, and for all the machismo on display for the boys, oftentimes our hero would display his rear end for the ladies, who were very into “buns” at the time. It didn’t matter if the plot was ridiculous and the people on screen didn’t act like humans. All that mattered was ass-kickings, motorcycles, and that thing where an action hero punches a dude who is behind him without looking. A well-permed lady swoons while a fashionable/unhinged villain, typically Gary Busey or Lance Henriksen, commits crimes because violence gets him all horned up.

It was a wild time, and even though a lot of elements of this era’s films are now dated, it was a relatively pure period for the genre. Audiences didn’t expect strong character work, sensical dialogue, or plot logic. Questions of what a film is “really” about could only be answered with “they switched faces so he could get into the magnet-boot prison.” All we wanted were thrills (and the occasional set of buns). Everything else was secondary.

It was with this lens of nostalgia that I was privileged to revisit the John Woo/Jean-Claude Van Damme classic Hard Target, which is soon to be available from the fine folks at Kino Lorber (available starting 12/7). Stacked with special features and a GORGEOUS new 4K transfer, it’s never been a better time to add the movie where Van Damme punches a rattlesnake unconscious to your collection.

If you’re not familiar with the film, Hard Target was John Woo’s American debut, and it featured Van Damme at the height of his celebrity. The star had literally just finished shooting Timecop (which was ultimately released after Hard Target), and jumped directly to Woo’s film on the promise of it being a watershed moment for action cinema. It was and it wasn’t, at least not at the time, but nowadays you’d be hard pressed to find an action fan that hasn’t seen it. In it, Van Damme plays Chance Boudreaux, a drifter who has been hired by a woman (Yancy Butler) to find her missing father. Chance soon discovers an underground operation run by Lance Henriksen and Arnold “the muthafuggen mummy” Vosloo, in which homeless men with military experience are hunted for sport. Basically, it’s a riff on The Most Dangerous Game, but with many more face-kicks and one-liners (none of which make any sense in context). Also, Wilford Brimley shows up and does action shit, up to and including killing people with a bow and arrow and then riding his horse to safety as everything around him explodes. It’s incredible.

The new disc is worth purchasing on the strength of the transfer alone. You can see every lick of practical flame, every reflection on the head of Brimley’s many arrows, and every drop of sweat as it caresses Van Damme’s iconic forehead lump. But if this isn’t enough for you, the disc is pretty stacked. Brand new interviews with John Woo, Yancy Butler, and Lance Henriksen are all a joy, and the discussion with stunt coordinator Billy Burton is downright educational, with much added resonance here in a modern action landscape. The best special feature is, hands down, the feature commentary with action film historians Brandon Bentley and Mike Leeder. I thought I was a scholar on this kind of thing, but their knowledge put me to shame, and set my brain alight with tons of new information.

If you love Hard Target, this new release is the finest edition yet. If you haven’t seen Hard Target, this is a great place to start. And if you hate Hard Target, you are wrong, and your penance will be to purchase a copy. I don’t make the rules.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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