Movie Review: DOUBLE DRAGON (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray Combo Pack

DOUBLE DRAGON is based on the smash hit video game. The movie was directed by James Yukich from a screenplay by Michael Davis and Peter Gould and stars Robert PatrickScott Wolf, Mark DacascosAlyssa Milano and Julia Nickson. Producers are Don Murphy, Jane Hamsher and Alan Schechter.

Double Dragon roars to life with amazing special effects, spectacular action sequences, and a knock-about sense of humor. It’s the year 2007, and what remains of LA is now ”New Angeles”, a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the ”Double Dragon”, which will give him awesome mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Mark Dacascos) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf) find themselves in possession of the amulet’s missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa Milano) and her vigilante group ”The Power Corps”, Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain’s malevolent plan.

This 1994 live-action fantasy adventure takes place in the year 2007 in an apocalyptic punk rock New Angeles and follows brothers Jimmy and Billy Lee, two highly trained martial artists, who team up with Maria to stop Koga Shuko from getting his hands on the two pieces of the magical Double Dragon medallion. The sinister crime lord already has one half of the medallion and once he finds out that the brothers have the other half it doesn’t take long for him to find out where they are.

Jimmy and Billy Lee are led by their mentor/adoptive mother Satori Imada (Julia Nickson) but she’s lost in battle which leaves the brothers with their new ally Maria in their fight to protect their half of the Double Dragon. Koga Shuko isn’t able to rely to much on his henchmen and a mutated Bo Abobo so he decides to take on Jimmy and Billy Lee who are not only able to stop the sinister crime lord from getting his hands on their half of the magical medallion but they snatch his half and finally connect the two that gives them some powerful new abilities in their fight against evil.

The packaging comes with a retro-cool slipcover/o-card. The front features the new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and the impressive list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick which side you want to use as the front cover. There’s also a collectible foldout poster inside. The Blu-ray disc is flat white and features the movie logo and the same goes for the DVD. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this Blu-ray+DVD release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, It had been a really long time since I had watched Double Dragon and I got a kick out of revisiting this martial arts cheesefest that’s based on the popular video game. Video game movies have always been hit or miss (mostly miss unfortunately) and this one holds the title of the biggest box office bomb of 1994. The movie is actually geared towards a much younger audience so the PG-13 rating ended up hurting it some plus it was just a complete mess as far as the directing and editing go. That doesn’t mean that it’s a complete disaster because the movie does have its charm thanks to the cast. Scott Wolf, Mark Dacascos and Alyssa Milano are fun to cheer for against Robert Patrick who always plays a great villain. The movie does have a great sense of humor and lots of action and as well as some special effects that look pretty cool for its time. So, does a movie like this deserve a nice upgrade like this? You better believe it because cinema (good and bad) deserves to be preserved and this movie looks and sounds great thanks to the MVD Rewind Collection. Double Dragon will make its high-definition debut with this impressive Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack that will be available on February 5th.

Distributor: MVD Rewind Collection

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / English LPCM 2.0 / German Dolby Digital 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / English LPCM 2.0 / German Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include a new making of documentary that includes interviews with some of the cast and crew, a new interview with the producer, a vintage making of featurette, a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette, the pilot episode of the animated series, five image galleries, four TV spots and three trailers.

  • NEW! “The Making of Double Dragon” (full length documentary featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould & Michael Davis and producer Don Murphy) (1:07:35)
  • NEW! “Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer” featurette (24:01)
  • Archival ”Making of” featurette (04:44)
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurette (04:21)
  • 1993 Double Dragon Animated Series Pilot Episode #101: “The Shadow Falls” (22:20)
  • Still Gallery (04:56)
  • Artwork Gallery (03:15)
  • Storyboard Gallery (05:51)
  • Press Photos (01:28)
  • Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery (01:55)
  • TV Spots 1 (00:30)
  • TV Spots 2 (01:00)
  • VHS Home Video Trailer (00:31)
  • Theatrical Trailer 1 (01:51)
  • Theatrical Trailer 2 (02:01)
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