The sweat-soaked muscle mountains, the legendary balancing act, the no less legendary Hong Kong skyline: Yes, there are quite a number of moments in “Bloodsport” that made it from a strong martial arts film to a cult phenomenon that was created by fans is still rightly celebrated more than 30 years later. And speaking of celebrating: fans of Jean-Claude Van Damme and his most famous work will soon be able to do so for a very special reason…
“Bloodsport” will make its home cinema comeback on December 16, 2022 and will be released in 4K worldwide for the first time. After the film’s DVD and Blu-ray disappeared more and more from the market, the Capelight Pictures label, which is so popular with collectors and film fans, is now letting “Bloodsport” shine in a completely new Ultra HD splendour. You donate the cult classic right away two Limited Collector’s Editions in the Mediabookwhich contain the film on both 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray and can also be pre-ordered – optionally directly in the Capelight shop …
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The two editions differ only in design and will contain the film in unprecedented picture and sound quality – including Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HDR10. As is typical for Mediabooks, the two strictly limited collector’s editions come with a 24-page booklet.
The film was once released in Germany under the title “Bloodsport – A True Story”. And of course, for marketing reasons, that made perfect sense. After all, audiences love rooting for real-life characters. Except that in this case it has long since been revealed that some things in the supposedly true story from the life of Frank Dux (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme in the film) never really happened. However, this does not detract from the enjoyment of the film.
“Bloodsport” is still one of the most iconic martial arts films ever and not only scores with the incomparable presence of its main actor. Next to the Muscles from Brussels the audience is treated to a range of different fights – from karate and kung fu to kickboxing to muay thai – everything is included, a wonderfully exaggerated male friendship and lots of iconic cinema moments for eternity.
This is what Bloodsport is about: Ninjitsu fighter Frank Dux travels to Hong Kong to honor his dying master in a competition known locally as kumite, which brings together a wide variety of fighters and therefore different fighting styles. Willing to win at all costs, Dux survives round after round. But soon he has to realize that there is much more at stake here than just the title of the best fighter in the world…
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