Hard Target was director John Woo’s first attempt to break into the American market and stars Jean Claude Van Damme as a man out on his luck who decides to help a lady track down her missing dad, but find much more than he bargained for.
Co-starring Lance Henriksen, Hard Target is a great introduction to director John Woo’s work, especially in this longer International cut of the film. When released in the USA the film got into a lot of trouble with the ratings board and the film had to be cut down a lot to receive an R rating.
This release by Universal is a big step up from the DVD release which was not even anamorphic. The 1080P picture is solid, clean if a little soft in places. Colours are good and fans should be very pleased with the transfer.
The sound is fabulous, the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is strong, the bass is powerful and the surrounds are used to great effect. Note you also get the DTS HD Master 5.1 in French dubbed track also.
Extras are nothing. That’s right nothing, not even a trailer. Come on Universal that is just plain lazy. The film has a big following and there were many making-of featurettes I remember seeing when the film was released. Very Disappointing. Overall a recommended release.
FILM: 8 PICTURE: 8 SOUND: 9 EXTRAS: 0