In the 90's countless films we're released straight to video. Sure they all had a small theatrical run but nothing big so we all just identified them as Straight To Video. Action, especially martial arts films came out on a weekly basis. Many of them were actually quit good. The story's we're always basic which is what you want in an action film. The fight scenes were usually very good, and a lot of the better films from this genre started Billy Blanks. One of the best of this time was a little film called Showdown
Showdown stars Billy Blanks as Billy, see he's not trying to stretch anything already. He's cop who accidentally kills a kid during a scuffle at a party he and his partner go to break up. The kids brother vows revenge. Kind of, he just yells for a few seconds. Billy runs off, and turns in his badge. Beat's doing all the paperwork I guess.
Flash forward about 6 months and we meet Ken, a kid at a new high school. Turns out Ken has just smiled at the high school bully's girlfriend, played by a young Christine Taylor. Can you guess where this is going? Ken gets beat up by Tom the Bully, who just happens to be a Karate master. Luckily Billy, who is now the school janitor helps clean him up. Ken gets beat up the next day, then the day after that. Pretty violent beating actually, but the film is rated R.
Finally....wait for it.....Billy agrees to train Ken in martial arts to stop this bully. I know, I know your already groaning, but here's the cool twist. The evil sense training Tom, is the kid who swore revenge against Billy when his brother was killed. Ok so not really a shock, but I forgot to mention, there not fighting in a tournament. They fight in a underground arena where there are no rules! I thought that was a cool twist.
The film is cool, the acting is suprisingly very good. Billy Blanks did the choreography, and the fight scenes are very well done. The film was made before Tae Bo, but when Tae Bo hit big it was repacked as starring the Tae Bo Master. It didn't help sales. It had a cut version DVD release here in North American but now thanks to the great folks at MVD it's getting the Blu-ray treatment it deserves under there Rewind Lable.
The transfer looks great, and I should know as in own this on dvd, and German Blu-ray. The colors are great and the sound transfer is amazing. All of the fight scenes sound so crisp when coming from your speakers. It even has special features
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio
Audio: English 5.1 Surround, 2.0 Stereo
Original Theatrical Trailer
I highly recommend picking this one up. It's mindless fun, and only like 90 minutes long, so you have nothing to lose. If your a fan of 90's action films then this is for you. It's yet another fantastic release from MVD Rewind to add to your collection
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
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