Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Overview

Universal Soldier: Regeneration director John Hyams once again gives the long-running action franchise a rejuvenating adrenaline boost with this sequel centering on a haunted soldier who vows vengeance on Deveraux Jean-Claude Van Damme and his army of superpowered henchmen after seeing them kill his family in cold blood. Dolph Lundgren co-stars.
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Overview

Universal Soldier: Regeneration director John Hyams once again gives the long-running action franchise a rejuvenating adrenaline boost with this sequel centering on a haunted soldier who vows vengeance on Deveraux Jean-Claude Van Damme and his army of superpowered henchmen after seeing them kill his family in cold blood. Dolph Lundgren co-stars.
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Special Features

Includes 3 Making-Of Featurettes and Commentary with Director John Hyams and Dolph Lundgren
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Given the way properties are rehashed in Hollywood, it's not a stretch to have expected the Universal Soldier franchise to last this long, but no one could have guessed that it would have such a resurgence 20 years after the first film's release. The credit, no doubt, should go to director John Hyams son of director/cinematographer Peter Hyams, who created one of the best direct-to-DVD action flicks of recent years with 2009's Universal Soldier: Regeneration. The helmer returns for Day of Reckoning, and while it's a step down from its predecessor, the film still features some knockout fights delivered with bravura in front of and behind the camera. Scott Adkins stars as John, a confused everyman who seeks vengeance after witnessing his family killed in cold blood by mysterious soldier Luc Deveraux Jean-Claude Van Damme. As he strives to find this maniac, John is hunted by Magnus played by MMA fighter-turned-actor Andrei Arlovski, who, in classic Terminator style, shows up to wreak havoc wherever the hero goes. The two battle in hotel rooms, on the highway, and most notably, in a sporting-goods store delivering what is arguably the best moment in the movie. Eventually, John's eyes are opened to the secret military experiment that he's been unknowingly involved with, which in turn leads him directly to Deveraux. Although the film sees the return of both Van Damme and his original co-star Dolph Lundgren, the fight scenes should really get top billing. With extra care put towards punctuating moves through deft editing, Hyams, who served as the co-editor, establishes rhythm in a way that the stereotypical "shaky cam" doesn't come close to achieving. Sure, you might be confused by the plot -- why does JCVD have a two-toned painted head? The film might not have the skillful one-take shots that the previous movie did, but at least one viewing is still totally worth it for action fans. When Hyams will be given a real budget is anyone's guess -- in the meantime, it's fun to watch him hone his game through this franchise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • UPC: 043396399686
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Color
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,787

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Claude Van Damme Luc Deveraux
Scott Adkins John
Andrei Arlovski Magnus
Dolph Lundgren Andrew Scott
Mariah Bonner Sarah
Technical Credits
John Hyams Director, Editor, Original Story, Screenwriter
Craig Baumgarten Producer
Brent Caballero Casting
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Moshe Diamant Original Story, Producer
Andrew Drazek Editor
Steven A. Frankel Executive Producer
James Gibb Executive Producer
Jon Greenhalgh Screenwriter
Wil Hendricks Score Composer
Nate Jones Production Designer
Michael Krassner Score Composer
Yaron Levy Cinematographer
Doug Magnuson Screenwriter
Kim Martinez Costumes/Costume Designer
Borislav Ranghelov Executive Producer
Allen Shapiro Executive Producer
Courtney Solomon Executive Producer
Robin Vining Score Composer
Gregory Walker Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
1. Scene 1 [6:36]
2. Scene 2 [5:30]
3. Scene 3 [4:37]
4. Scene 4 [6:34]
5. Scene 5 [6:30]
6. Scene 6 [5:37]
7. Scene 7 [8:31]
8. Scene 8 [8:41]
9. Scene 9 [6:31]
10. Scene 10 [7:38]
11. Scene 11 [11:06]
12. Scene 12 [7:07]
13. Scene 13 [6:37]
14. Scene 14 [2:44]
15. Scene 15 [6:10]
16. Scene 16 [12:31]
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Disc #1 -- Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
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            Coming Into Focus
            There Is No End
            Production Wrap
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