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Kill ‘Em All (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

June 4, 2017 by  



Action-packed and entertaining, Jean-Claude Van Damme still shows us that he shows no sign of slowing down as an action star and that he can still deliver in Peter Malota’s directorial debut, “Kill ‘Em All”.

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TITLE: Kill ‘Em All

FILM RELEASE: 2016

DURATION: 96 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 2:40:1, English, French, Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Polish VO 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplifed), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, French, Hebrew, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovaine, Spanish (Castillan), Spanish (Latin American), Thai, Turkish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: NR (Violence and Language)

RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2017


Directed by Peter Malota

Written by Jesse Cilio, Brian Smolensky, Craig Stewart

Music by Aldo Shilaku

Cinematography by Mark Rutledge

Edited by Yvan Gauthier

Casting by Jillian Hendrix 

Production Design by Joe Lemmon

Set Decoration by David Wade Jackson, Steve Moon

Costume Design by Tamika Jackson


Starring:

Jean-Claude Van Damme as Philip

Autum Reeser as Suzanne

Peter Stormare as CIA Agent Holman

Maria Conchita Alonso as FBI Agent Sanders

Kris Van Damme as Dusan

Daniel Bernhardt as Radovan

Paul Sampson as Klaus


After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death. Then, a foreign gang brazenly comes to the hospital to hunt him down. His nurse, the sole surviving witness to the follow-up shootout, must face an FBI interrogation that unlocks a plot of international intrigue and revenge. With enough twists and turns, Kill ‘Em All will keep you guessing until the final bullet is fired.


From filmmaker Peter Malota (stuntman for “Double Impact”, “Universal Soldier”, “The Butterfly Effect 3”) and writers Jesse Cilio, Brian Smolensky and Craig Stewart comes an action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme (“Double Impact”, “Universal Soldier”, “Kickboxer”), Autumn Reeser (“The O.C.”, “Entourage”, “The Arrangement”), Peter Stormare (“Fargo”, “22 Jump Street”, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”), Maria Conchita Alonso (“The Running Man”, “Predator 2”, “The House of the Spirits”), Kris Van Damme (“Assassination Games, “6 Bullets”, “Universal Soldier: Regeneration”), Daniel Bernhardt (“John Wick”, “Logan”, “The Matrix Reloaded”) and Paul Sampson (“Night of the Templar”, “Whacked!”, “Rage”).

The film is told in the present during a tragic hospital attack and and an FBI interrogation between CIA Agent Holman (portrayed by Peter Stormare) and FBI Agent Sanders (portrayed by Maria Conchita Alonso) and the hospital nurse, Suzanne (portrayed by Autumn Reeser) about what happened at the hospital.

We then see what transpired at the hospital earlier.  When a badly injured man named Philip (portrayed by Jean-Claude Van Damme) arrives to the hospital, he is given care by the nurse, Suzanne.

But not long after, Radovan (portrayed by Daniel Bernhardt) and a group of assassins go to the hospital and start killing people onsite, as they go to look for Philip.

As Philip and Suzanne try to find safety, numerous assassins are intent of killing the two.

Why is Philip being targeted?  And will he and Suzanne survive the ordeal?


VIDEO:

“Kill ‘Em All” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). Featuring close-ups with very good detail, the film looks very good as outdoor scenes are colorful and vibrant. I didn’t notice any major artifacts, banding or issues with picture quality during my viewing of the film.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Kill ‘Em All” is presented in English, French and Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Hungarian, Polish VO 5.1 Dolby Digital. Because the heavy amount of action in this film, the film utilizes the surround channels and LFE very well.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplifed), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, French, Hebrew, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovaine, Spanish (Castillan), Spanish (Latin American), Thai, Turkish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Kill ‘Em All” comes with no special features but a trailer.


Jean-Claude Van Damme is an action star that has entertained audiences for four decades.  Among the numerous action stars who continue to show that they can still deliver action films and Van Damme repeatedly showing us that he’s still in solid form and can still pull off the damaging kicks that he had been known for throughout his career, he returns once again for another action film titled “Kill ‘Em All”.

The film reunites Van Damme with stunt coordinator and fight choreographer Peter Malota (both worked on the 1991 film “Double Impact” and the 1992 film “Universal Soldier”) who makes his directorial debut.

And for Van Damme’s latest film, while Van Damme has numerous action scenes for 50% of the time, the film follows the character Suzanne, who many people will remember Autumn Reeser from the popular drama series, “The O.C.”.  As Suzanne is primarily with Van Damme’s character Philip in terms of giving care or hiding behind him to find safety from the assassins, she is also being interrogated by CIA Agent Holman (Stormare) and FBI Agent Sanders (Alonso), with Agent Holman not believing Suzanne and feels that she is hiding something.

While Reeser is known for her dramatic roles, in “Kill ‘Em All”, the actress gets to fight and no doubt had to train for her role.  And also, another film starring JVD’s son, Kris showing that he is an up-and-coming action star.

The film is heavy on action as we get to see Daniel Bernhardt as Radovan leading a group of assassins to take down Philip and this sets up one-on-one confrontations between JVD and these assassins, while Reeser’s Suzanne takes on beautiful assassin, Serbian model Mila Kaladjurdjevic.

For the most part, “Kill ‘Em All” is a popcorn action film from beginning to an end, and the ending is reserved with a special twist that I surely didn’t see coming.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality and lossless audio are great.  Unfortunately, no special features are included, so this is a barebones Blu-ray release.

Action-packed and entertaining, Jean-Claude Van Damme still shows us that he shows no sign of slowing down as an action star and that he can still deliver in Peter Malota’s directorial debut, “Kill ‘Em All”.






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