Die Hard In An Ice Hockey Arena?!
Thanks to the best efforts of Director Peter Hyams, a peak-of-his-celebrity-status Van Damme and the ever-watchable scenery-chewing Powers Boothe, as well as the unusual location and the cleverly tweaked Die-Hard-On-A... formula used for the premise, Sudden Death remains solid b-movie action all the way. As a fan of action icons of the 80s and 90s - in particular, Van Damme, of course - it is oftentimes thrilling and innovative, whilst never less than entertaining. It's not necessarily up to the standards of, say, the first few Die Hard flicks, or even Van Damme's own Hard Target, but for those who still get a kick out of second generation Die Hard cousins - like Under Siege 2 - Sudden Death will be right up your street.
On Region Free UK Blu-ray Universal haven't quite done the stellar job they did with Hard Target, which was released simultaneously but they've done pretty damn well considering the film's relatively small budget, low-key style, and age. Video and audio are solid, at times good, but the complete lack of extras isn't exactly going to be persuasive. Still, it's an easy upgrade over the, frankly, terrible preceding DVD releases, and fans will find it a no-brainer, pun intended. It also looks to be the uncut variation, with a little more chicken-bone-in-neck for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
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