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Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016/RLJ Entertainment Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: C

If you're a fan of the original Kickboxer, then you may want to check out the John Stockwell remake/sequel Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) that has an interesting cast for the most part including Dave Bautista (SPECTRE, Guardians of the Galaxy), Alain Moussi (Wolves), Gina Carano (Fast and Furious 6), Darren Shahlavi (Born to Raise Hell), Georges St-Pierre (Never Surrender), and Jean Claude Van Damme (returning from the original film, reviewed elsewhere on this site). While there isn't anything particularly new in terms of story, there is some interesting cinematography and cool fight scenes that will please modern audiences. It's not as thrilling as the first film was, but I wasn't expecting it to be.

Kurt Sloane (Moussi) is out for vengeance when his brother Eric (Shahlavi) is killed in a kickboxing match with Tong Po (Bautista). With the help of Eric's trainer (Van Damme), he whips himself into shape despite all obstacles to face the man who killed his brother.

The film is presented in 1080p high definition and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 that looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc; the color palette is mostly yellows and dark blacks, especially in the kick boxing fight scenes. The sound mix is equally as impressive in a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix that will fill your room with swooshes and punches.

Special Features include...

The Making of Kickboxer: Vengeance

Photo Gallery

Typical revenge fight story but not without its moments, Kickboxer: Vengeance will interest those who dig the cast or the sport but doesn't bring too much innovative storytelling to the table.

- James Lockhart



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