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Please recommend some good recent European action DVDs

Old 11-12-01, 09:08 PM
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Please recommend some good recent European action DVDs

I'm curious if there are any good action films made in Europe for say the past five years that are available on DVD. I know there's Taxi 1 & 2 from France but are there any others that are worthwhile?

Hopefully the DVDs are 16:9 and have English subtitles as well.
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Check out La Femme Nikita if you haven't already. Point of No Return is basically the H-wood remake of the French movie.

It's more than 5 yrs old, but you didn't seem to have it.
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Yeah Nikita is good, haven't boughten it yet though.
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Dobermann. It's French but they've released at least one English-subbed DVD in the UK. It's based on a comic book, I believe, and it's filled with cartoonish low-lifes engaging in sick behaviour. Ultra-violent, visually stylish (some of the extreme closeups and symmetrical compositions are reminiscent of Luc Besson) and a cast of characters who almost all deserve to be executed. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
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Crying Freeman? It's got Marc Dacascos in it as a hitman. This is another one I didn't have time to finish and haven't had a chance to revisit for the ending. It seems to be well made though and the French DVD is superb.

There's some cool film from England circulating on one of the movie channels - I'm sorry I can't remember who's in it or whatever - I can't even remember what it's about... so that's no help either. The place to start would be going to IMDB and looking up Luc Besson and then find a film you really like and search for films by the crew he's worked with... sometimes that pays off. Otherwise, I'm sure if you wait a few days, this thread will have plenty of good suggestions. I'd suggest The Professional, but You've no doubt seen it already - perhaps look for another movie with Jean Reneut in it.
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Thanks for the recommendations!

I read some of the reviews of Dobermann at IMDb and it sounds extremely violent so I'll probably like it. As for Crying Freeman, I noticed it stars the guy from Drive (which I thought kicked butt) so I'll check it out too.
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how about The Crimson Rivers?
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Re: Please recommend some good recent European action DVDs

Originally posted by codefree
I'm curious if there are any good action films made in Europe for say the past five years that are available on DVD. I know there's Taxi 1 & 2 from France but are there any others that are worthwhile?

Hopefully the DVDs are 16:9 and have English subtitles as well.
Oh you'er including England?
Gangster No 1 comes to mind.. SexY beast? But that's more of a thriller..
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Originally posted by Krug
how about The Crimson Rivers?
Yes I've heard that's very good. I'm going to order the French SE of it.
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Dobermann happens to be available from HKflix for $ 15.95 regio free.
The british version is available from Amazon.co.uk for 18.99
Also I found a DTS version, a double DVD at http://www.rodirect.nl/displayers/index.asp?id=2700 for 43.09 but this has no english subtittles.
It looks like a cool ultra-violent movie, I am getting mine from HKflix!
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The HKflix version is full screen. IIRC, this is a 2.35:1 widescreen movie, so you're missing a lot of visual info.

I think I've watched the HKflix version somewhere before (or at least a bootleg that had the exact same cover) and the picture quality was pretty bad. Very washed out. The British version isn't the greatest either, but at least it's widescreen.
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Dobermann Taiwanese disc

Dobermann was filmed Super35, so let the debate rage on as to what you were or were not intended to see. The Taiwanese disc looks surprisingly decent, but the subs have a few dodgy moments. The bootleg taken from the Taiwanese disc does, in fact, suck. As for other films? Hmm Total Western was supposedly good, but lacks subtitles. Can't think of anything else that is subtitled that others haven't already mentioned.
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I'll get the UK version of Dobermann since it's anamorphic. I refuse to buy any more DVDs that are not no matter how much cheaper they are.

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