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Richard Beymer as Eddie Deangelo
Matthias Hues as John Sweet
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809.97 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 8
1.47 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 8

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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

Don "The Dragon" Wilson's best movie?

Straight-to-video hero Don "The Dragon" Wilson was never going to be one of the big time martial arts stars, but he does well enough with BLACKBELT, a film which may be the best of his career. BLACKBELT is a non-stop assault on the senses of extreme violence, bone-breaking brutality and bloodshed, with a wafer-thin plot that doesn't get in the way of a fight scene every five minutes or so. This is definitely one of the most violent fight flicks I've seen in a long time, and despite heavy cutting on release (both in the UK and the US) it still remains a gruesome exercise in stage blood and bone-breaking sound effects.

The plot is nothing special: imagine a hard-assed version of THE BODYGUARD with Wilson replacing Costner and you'll be halfway there. The female leads are non-actresses but attractive enough in their roles, and although Wilson is typically wooden as the hero he packs a wallop in the fight scenes and kicks ass more times than I can count. Matthias Hues (DARK ANGEL) is surprisingly good as the psychopathic killer and I love the flashback scenes which explain his mental disorder. It's a shame the shaggy-haired hardman hasn't appeared in more flicks and has been typecast as the villain; I for one would like to watch him as the hero for a change.

BLACKBELT offers one adrenaline-charged fight scene after another during its running time, all battles excellently choreographed by Wilson himself. The budget is low and executive producer Roger Cormaan seems to have played a part in assembling an American-looking Filipino cast to fill out the smaller roles, up to his old tricks again by the look of it. The wealth of action that BLACKBELT offers is impossible to dismiss and this film hits the mark where many others fail. The finale is a class act and his final one-on-one unmissable entertainment.

Reviewed by martymaster 7 / 10

Some very cool fighting scenes

First of all,this movie contains 10 of the worlds best kickboxers,and i believe that explains why this movie has so much fighting. Some of the fighting scenes are very graphic so this is no movie for those who can't take blood.

The lead role is played by Don "The Dragon" Wilson who plays the good guy.On the other side of the law is the brutal martial-arts killer John Sweet played by "Matthias Hues".(They have one of the coolest fights ever put on film) The fighting scenes in this movie is so brutal that it makes Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee look like two kids having fun.

This is street kickboxing at it's best.

Reviewed by tarbosh22000 6 / 10

This movie is worth seeing for the Don Factor!

Jack Dillon (The Dragon) is an ex-cop turned martial arts instructor. He also does favors on the side for people that need help but can't exactly go to the cops. When up-and-coming singing star Shanna (Imershein) receives a severed finger in a box, she turns to Dillon for help. Shanna has other problems as well, as her "backer" is mobster Eddie Deangelo (Beymer). He's pressuring her to sign a new contract with him, and she doesn't want to. Naturally Deangelo focuses all his rage (and goons) on Jack Dillon, her new protector. Amidst fighting his way through the underworld to protect Shanna, Jack discovers that insane, murderous, psychopathic ex-mercenary killer John Sweet (Hues) is behind all the mayhem. Only a confrontation between Dillon and Sweet will determine the fate of Shanna, among other people. Who will win? As this is a Corman production, it seems he wanted to go with the Bloodfist formula of having real-life martial artists in the cast, and with their screen credit along with their name is their fighting title. Also it's 80 minutes, so right there we see the formula. But Blackbelt is truly Don "The Dragon" Wilson at his best. His lovably wooden performances are here in full, but he gets a ton of great lines (pretty much all of them, and they're almost all snappy one-liners). Wilson worked on the fight choreography, and in true early-90's fashion, the violence is simultaneously brutal and, at times, very funny. Both his, as well as Matthias Hues' entrances are both great and it's a treat to see them together, and their final fight doesn't disappoint.

Hues also puts in a career-best performance as the Psycho (1960)-inspired Oedipal bad guy. Sure, Hues is always the baddie, but here he shows some depth as the ironically-named Sweet. Also, according to the plot, his blows are powerful enough to kill people. And his yells and grunts are priceless.

Naturally, in a classic cliché, Dillon and Deangelo "go way back" - and it should be noted that even though Dillon isn't officially on the force, he has a partner, Sturges (Blumenfeld). There really should have been a Dillon and Sturges TV show. It would have been a great cop drama - the classic, dedicated but pudgy cop and the Karate-fighting ex-cop solving crimes. What's really criminal is that this was never made. But at least we have Blackbelt. (However, that title is somewhat misleading, as Dillon's, nor anyone else's) belt level is ever talked about, much less fought over.

Not to be insulting to Miss Imershein, but the role of Shanna should have gone to someone just a little bit hotter, perhaps Wilson's Ring of Fire (1991) co-star and frequent Corman starlet Maria Ford. Then their relationship would have been more believable. But watch out for the posters of Shanna gracing the cover of "Rock" magazine (not meant to look like Spin, surely), along with Pearl Jam. Hey, it was 1992 after all. But all her accolades are certainly deserved once you see her perform the song "Love Rocket" - along with the background dancers who are so comatose they make Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" girls look like a row of Rip Taylors on speed.

As for the VHS box: The story for the movie was co-written by Neva Friedenn (who also wrote for other Wilson vehicles) - and on the cover there is a quote: "The most action packed, sexiest kickboxing movie ever made!!" Note the two exclamation points. And guess who the quote is attributed to? Yes, Neva Friedenn! You can tout your own productions on their VHS boxes like that? Who knew? Additionally, they misspell "Matthias" when talking about the mighty Hues. Just shameful, really.

It should also be noted that Ian Jacklin is in this movie for about one second. Despite that, this movie is still worth seeing, as it is an entertaining romp from the golden age with two of the genre's most beloved stars. What's not to like?

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