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Lionheart (Special Edition): Blu-Ray Review

Arriving this week on Special Edition Blu-ray is Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1990 action film, “Lionheart”. This is considered by many of the star’s best films and I don’t disagree.  Up until now, I had never seen the uncut version of the film, which was titled, “Leon” (the name of Van Damme’s character).  The biggest differences are of the graphic nature. More blood and burnt flesh are what you will find. Because the picture quality fluctuates with the added material, I prefer watching the theatrical cut.

Fans of “Lionheart” will find a lot to love about this release.  Not only do we get both cuts of the film, but the 47-minute featurette, “”Lionheart: The Inside Story” contains interviews with Van Damme and more. That is just one of three new featurettes included.  If you are a fan of the Muscles from Brussels, then you are going to want to ad this to your collection.

Bonus Materials

  • 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 5.1 Surround
  • English, French and Spanish Subtitles (on main feature)
  • Archival Audio commentary by Sheldon Lettich & Harrison Page (on Extended Cut only)
  • NEW – ”Lionheart: The Inside Story” (HD, 47:29) (Featuring interviews with cast and crew including star / co-writer Jean-Claude Van Damme, Director / Co-Writer Sheldon Lettich, Producer Eric Karson and stars Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard and Brian Thompson)
  • NEW ”Inside Lionheart with the Filmmakers and Cast” (HD, 25:52) (All new documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew including Jean-Claude Van Damme)
  • NEW – ”Lionheart’: Behind the Fights” (HD, 10:19) (Featuring interviews with cast and crew including Jean-Claude Van Damme)
  • Archival ”Making of” featurette (8:53) (SD)
  • Archival Interview with Sheldon Lettich (25:51)
  • Archival Interview with Harrison Page (13:05)
  • 5 Promotional TV Clips (SD)
  • Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Collectible Mini Poster

By: Marc Ferman