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Hard Target [DVD] [Widescreen]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Color by DeLuxe; Eastman film, Foto-Kem processing, in New Orleans, Louisiana, John Woo has quickly become the king of Hong Kong's cult cinema. But "Hard Target," Woo's long-awaited American directorial debut, opened to mixed reviews. For example, one reviewer called the film a "compromised work, a stylistic hybrid of American and Hong Kong action" pictures. However, the fact that the film had a hard time getting past the Motion Picture Association's NC-17 rating, it's likely the director's work was adulterated considerably. There are even rumors it's not a Woo film. Though "Hard Target," is not a remake, it is based on the 1932 film "The Most Dangerous Game," which comes from a classic story by Richard Connell. This picture was scripted by screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer. Other films shot in New Orleans include: "The Big Easy," "No Mercy," "Tightrope," "JFK," "Belizaire the Cajun." Additional credits: Michael St. Hilaire and Peter Krause (camera operators), Tim Simonec (orchestrator), Kodo (music performer), Craig Hosking and Cliff Fleming (helicopter pilots), Jules Sylvester and Jim Brockett (snake wranglers), Michele Poulik (set decorator), John Pospisil (special sound effects), Weddington Productions Inc. (sound effects) and Rick Alexander, Michael C. Casper and Jim Bolt (rerecording mixers). Production services provided by Alamagordo Production Contractors. Titles and opticals by Pacific Title. Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification. Available to buy in the UK (widescreen version).
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20230

  • Credits
    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jean-Claude van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Lance Hendrickson, Lance Henricksen, Yancy Butler, Wilford Brimley, A. Wilford Brimley
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Enough heart-stopping set pieces for three such movies....Peculiar visual poetry." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Briskly vigorous....Woo helps his star display his specialty -- high-powered martial arts skills -- with greater panache and stylization than before..."
    Variety

    "...Woo is such a dynamo, utilizing multiple moving cameras and ghostly effects, he can make the ejection of a shotgun shell a thing of beauty and wit..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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