`Riot,' `Blood' and `Revenge': These Flicks Focus More on Martial Arts Than the High Arts
Vid-stores will be gearing up for action in the next few weeks. Cassette bash-fests spanning the action spectrum are set to arrive.
Columbia/TriStar plans an early October launch for Double Team, wherein "Muscles From Brussels" Jean-Claude Van Damme bonds big time with basketball bad boy (and sometime transvestite) Dennis Rodman to take on a villainous Mickey Rourke.
Two urban crime dramas - Mario Van Peebles and Luke Perry in Riot in the Streets (Evergreen) and Clark Johnson and Bill ("Do the Right Thing") Nunn in Blood Brothers (Peachtree) - also will surface early next month, as will Aussie kick boxer Gary Daniels' latest martial-arts vehicle, Hawke's Revenge (Dimension). Dimension debuts a brace of action titles this month, including Robert ("Desperado") Rodriguez's loose remake of the 1958 Roger Corman-produced wild-youth romp Roadracers and Dolph Lundgren in Silent Trigger.
Also turning up this month are a pair of adventures starring direct-to-video hero Jeff Fahey: Lethal Tender (Republic), featuring Gary Busey, and Operation Delta Force (Live), with Ernie Hudson. Elsewhere, C. Thomas Howell snares starring honors in The Big Fall (PM), while Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff and Timothy Hutton co-star in the L.A.-set caper City of Industry (Orion); Steven Bauer and Charlotte Lewis topline in the American Indian-themed Navajo Blues (A-Pix); and Burt Reynolds risks life, limb and hairpiece as Raven (New Line).
Trimark introduces the popular Mario Puzo-based TV miniseries The Last Don, with Danny Aiello, Joe Mantegna and Daryl Hannah, due in stores next week. All of the above will be priced for rental.
Warner, meanwhile, goes the sell-through route with the family adventure Wild America ($22.98), which hits the video road early next month.
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Warner also sets a mid-September launch for a quintet of additions to its Warner Bros. Classics line:
* Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey star in the 25th-anniversary edition of Cabaret.
* Clint Eastwood takes the law into his own Magnum-wielding hands as Dirty Harry. …