'Die Fighting' [Blu-ray]
(Fabien Garcia, Laurent Buson, et al / Blu ray / NR / (2014) 2016 / MVD Visual)
Overview: When a team of Shaolin-trained kung fu actors is about to get their break in Hollywood, a mysterious and sadistic Director forces them to run a gauntlet through Los Angeles. The Director films their every move as they prove their prowess by provoking a rogues' gallery of underworld thugs and martial artists.
Blu-ray Verdict: Let's be honest here, for all the direct to DVD action movies that usually hit the bargain bin there are a few hidden gems among them. 'Die Fighting' would definitely rank up their as one of the better titles that are a part of the genre. Fabien Garcia is definitely a name to look out for in the future for the genre. The movie provides on a wall-to-wall succession of impressively shot and choreographed fight sequences that are sure to provide thrills.
Of course, the acting may not be the greatest, but the main actors do perform their own stunts and combat sequences which surely earn them respect for action fans. The story may remind you of another solid martial arts action movie 'BKO: Bangkok Knockout', but they do add a twist in their to make it more unique and fact that the story and characters pretty much mirror the real life of the actors makes it more interesting to watch.
As for the majority of on-screen fighters, they can seriously fight. They have technique and speed that I've seen from more famous actor/fighters (Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais). If you're a martial arts fanatic like myself, you'll really appreciate the skill that they possess. It's a shame these guys don't have a bigger budget to work with or may never getting the fame and reputation of guys like Tony Jaa, but I truly believe they have the same level of skill as those more famous guys.
Overall, a must watch for fans of movies like 'Undisputed II' and 'III', 'Ninja II' and other Direct to DVD/video action titles. If your one of those guys who enjoys these types of films, than sit back and enjoy the action and don't think too much. This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Theme Song "The Price of Success"