Black Eagle (1988) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Black Eagle (1988) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Eric Karson
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sho Kosugi, Doran Clark
Rated: R/Region O/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from MVD Rewind

After an F-11 gets shot down over the Mediterranean Sea, The United States government cannot afford to lose the top-secret laser tracking device that was on board. But unfortunately, the KGB team, lead by the infamous Andrei (Jean-Claude Van Damme, The Expendables 2, Universal Soldier), are beating the CIA in the race to find it. The CIA has no choice but to call in their best man, master martial-artist Ken Tani (Sho Kosugi, Ninja Assassin, Revenge of the Ninja), code name… BLACK EAGLE. In response, the KGB resorts to an all-out war, with powerful Andrei matching Ken blow for blow.

Do you recall a time when you’d see action star Jean-Claude Van Damme as the bad guy in movies? You may recall this happened a few times in the 80’s and one of those times put him face to face with Mr. Revenge of the Ninja himself, Sho Kasugi! That movie is called Black Eagle and it is the latest on MVD’s Rewind Collection to hit Blu-ray. The movie is your typical run of the mill action B-movie, but it does have a charm to it and it is at its best when our two action heroes are going toe to toe, which does happen twice here with their second battle being pretty epic. Sho’s character is being forced to put his kids in the line of danger by the government when he’s picked to go clean up a mess with the Russians. Things happen and we have gun fights, explosions, and hand to hand combat. We also have some down moments as well and that is what hurts this one the most.

That is probably more clear in the extended cut of the film you get here as well as the theatrical one. Honestly, as cool as it is to have an extended version for people who’ve seen this one a number of times and want something a little different, I’d stick with the theatrical if I were all of you. It seems better paced and seems to get more to the point. Clearly this isn’t a movie you’ll go into for acting, as both Sho and Van Damme can be so bad that it comes laughable with their broken English and their attempts at acting, but the movie still passes just fine as an action movie and has the types of stuff fans of 80’s action will enjoy. The movie looks solid as well and comes with the type of extras that make me look forward to these MVD Rewind releases.

Extras

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the main feature.
– Original 2.0 Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) and Dolby Digital 5.1.
– Includes 93 minute theatrical version + 104 minute uncut extended version of the film.
– Sho Kosugi: Martial Arts Legend (HD, 21:26) (featuring new interviews with Sho Kosugi and Shane Kosugi and more) MVD Rewind EXCLUSIVE!
– The Making of Black Eagle (HD, 35:50)(featuring new interviews with Director / Producer Eric Karson, Screenwriter Michael Gonzalez and stars Sho Kosugi, Doran Clark, Shane Kosugi and Dorota Puzio) MVD Rewind EXCLUSIVE!
– Tales of Jean-Claude Van Damme (HD, 19:20) (Brand new interviews with cast and crew tell stories about working with the legendary action star) MVD Rewind EXCLUSIVE!
– The Script and the Screenwriters (HD, 27:14) (featuring Michael Gonzales, Eric Karson and more) MVD Rewind EXCLUSIVE!
– Deleted Scenes
– Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
– Collectible Poster

Quality of Transfer: 88%