Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Double Impact DVD (1991)

Columbia TriStar continues to distinguish itself as the leading distributor for quality DVD titles. Even with a load of trash like "Double Impact" they've put together a fine disc with all the necessary bells and whistles that so many others leave out.

That's not to suggest that Van Damme only appears in rubbish. "Timecop" was very entertaining and "Bloodsport" remains the finest US martial arts film of the 80s. But "Double Impact" is unrelentingly naff with its desperate story of twin brothers both played by Van Damme very tiresome to watch. Nevertheless there's still some good stunt work and fight choreography on show here. And Van Damme moves a lot faster than in some of his recent offerings.

Still, if you have fond memories of this video favourite then rest assured that you will not be disappointed by the DVD. A cool animated menu system takes you to the various options that include two cheesy featurettes on the making of the film and "Universal Soldier: The Return". Once you've given up halfway through them you should really stop and take a look at the highly amusing animated scene selection menu.

But if you're determined to watch the film then be warned that right from the roar of the opening MGM logo this is one of the most pumped-up bass-heavy scores around.

Picture quality is not as good but overall looks quite sharp with the slightly bleached look more to do with the filming taking place in Hong Kong than the transfer itself. Put it this way, other far superior films don't get treated this well.

Chapters: 20
Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, animated menus, two featurettes, filmographies.

End Credits

Director: Sheldon Lettich

Writer: Sheldon Lettich, Jean-Claude Van Damme

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Geoffrey Lewis, Alan Scarfe, Bolo Yeung

Genre: Action

Length: 105 minutes

Original: 1991

DVD: 21 August 2000

Country: USA