OKGazette.com - Action http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-133-1-action.html <![CDATA[Sorcerer - Fails to cast a spell.]]> William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.]]> <![CDATA[No Holds Barred - Lord, 'No.']]> RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.]]> <![CDATA[Homefront - <i>Home</i> is where the Stath is.]]> From screenwriter Sylvester Stallone comes Homefront, at one time developed as a Rambo sequel, but somewhere along the way handed off as a vehicle for fellow Expendable Jason Statham. ]]> <![CDATA[Darkman - Who is Darkman? It's time you knew.]]> Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray. ]]> <![CDATA[Escape Plan - Sly and Arnie, bar none.]]> Back in the mid-1980s, when Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were box-office rivals, a true pairing of the two — Expendables ensembles don't count — would have grossed millions of kajillions of dollars. ]]> <![CDATA[Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon - Short of clues.]]>

Tsui Hark struck gold with 2010’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, marking a return to form for the Hong Kong director following several lackluster, effects-driven flops.

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<![CDATA[Badges of Fury - Purely <i>Expendable</i>.]]> Stop me if you've heard this one before: A skydiver, a ballroom dancer and a professional diver all die in the middle of doing what they do best, and with a big, cheesy smile on their faces as they expire.]]> <![CDATA[The Wolverine / Prisoners - Hugh times two.]]> The Wolverine is the X-Men spin-off we should have received four years ago with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Like the franchise's characters, the first mutation is not necessarily the best; whereas the 2009 version sought to be a comic book, the 2013 error-correcting reboot aims higher: comic book art. ]]> <![CDATA[Getaway / Fast & Furious 6 - Make vroom for only one of them.]]> Until now, Ethan Hawke was having a wonderful year. Before Midnight, the third leg of his trilogy with director Richard Linklater and actress Julie Delpy, brought waves of critical acclaim and talk of another Oscar nomination for their collaborative screenplay, while The Purge turned a meager investment into a highly profitable box-office take. ]]> <![CDATA[Bounty Killer - The future looks foxy.]]> Ever since I saw Bitch Slap in 2009, I've been on the lookout for another comedic actioner featuring an inordinately sexy woman doing inordinately masculine things. So far, the closest I've found is the new Bounty Killer.]]> <![CDATA[The Fugitive: 20th Anniversary Edition - Still runs like a charm.]]>

Although The Fugitive was a monster hit in the summer of 1993, it seems to have been lost to the ages. It shouldn't. Perhaps Warner Home Video's 20th-anniversary Blu-ray will help see to that. Remember, folks, this movie was up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards — an action film!

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<![CDATA[Bruce Lee: The Legacy Collection - Never forget.]]>

It seems like it was just three months ago that Shout! Factory reissued the four core Bruce Lee flicks that aren't Enter the Dragon … because it was!

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<![CDATA[Flying Fists of Kung Fu / Kickin’ It Shaolin Style - Get your kicks.]]> Mill Creek Entertainment, the DVD format’s current reigning master of the budget box set, has unleashed two separate martial-arts collections in Flying Fists of Kung Fu and Kickin’ It Shaolin Style. Containing 12 films apiece from the late 1970s and early ’80s, they account for 34 hours and 50 minutes of your potential viewing time in all. ]]> <![CDATA[Olympus Has Fallen - And it can't get up!]]> As Aaron Eckhart grows angry and Morgan Freeman pulls strings from the sidelines, a possibly crazy but altogether decent man dishes out some superheroic justice to save the city. The result is an excellent movie, arguably the best of the year.]]> <![CDATA[The Guillotines - Not very sharp.]]> Everyone knows — or they do now — that the greatest gimmick in the history of martial-arts movies is the titular weapon of Master of the Flying Guillotine. Therefore, one could surmise that the more retractable blades whizzing through the air, the better, right?]]> <![CDATA[The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec - ‘Extraordinary,’ indeed!]]> How ironic that un film par Luc Besson — the Frenchman behind such action smashes as the Taken and The Transporter series, among others — would fail to play American theaters, yet that’s what happened with The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. The 2010 adventure finally sees the light of day on these shores from Shout! Factory; its absence from our multiplexes is not indicative of its quality. ]]> <![CDATA[Bullet to the Head - Action's once more on the Sly.]]> Lines of cocaine, tubes of neon, Sylvester Stallone: Is this 1986 or 2013? In his first solo vehicle since his Expendables comeback, Sly shoots for a Bullet to the Head, but the action film only breaks the skin, so to speak.]]> <![CDATA[Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition - Enter the greatest martial-arts film in history. ]]> To karate-chop right to the chase, Enter the Dragon is the martial-arts movie to end all martial-arts movies. This comes as news to no one who has seen and enjoyed it over what now amounts to four decades. To celebrate that milestone, Warner Home Video has reissued it on Blu-ray in a handsome 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.]]> <![CDATA[The Tower - Flame on!]]> I have no idea how South Korea was able to get away with not calling The Tower a remake of 1974’s The Towering Inferno. What's important is that it has; this is a terrific disaster epic that marries the gargantuan concepts of the Irwin Allen era with today’s technology. ]]> <![CDATA[Jack the Giant Slayer - Fee-fi-fo-fum, why is this movie so darned ho-hum?]]> Among the recent wave of the great and powerful fairy-tale flicks, Jack the Giant Slayer may be the truest to its storybook origins, and ironically, the least to live happily after ever at the box office.]]>