Vengeance (2018): Review by Matt Duddy

Vengeance (2018): Review by Matt Duddy

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Former WWE superstar wrestler Stu Bennett stars as John Gold, an ex-soldier turned mercenary who arrives in the sleepy countryside village of Devotion to investigate the brutal murder of his friend and former colleague. All is not as it seems as the sleepy village seems to have a surprisingly large military presence, so with the help of local girl Sandra (Anna Shaffer) and a scene stealing Sebastian Knapp (drug dealer Keith) Gold must track down the killers and deliver his own special brand of vengeance.

Vengeance is a formulaic by the numbers revenge film (the title kinda gives that away). Sure it has a few clunky scenes, especially an establishing scene featuring Gold rescuing a kidnapped girl and a couple of dodgy CGI muzzle flashes and explosions but what it does have is a well-executed story with some interesting bit characters, Stu Bennett showing why he is one to watch, decent fight choreography and set pieces and Gary Daniels giving the best bat shit crazy performance  since Vernon Wells (they even share the same moustache!)

There are further nods to Schwarzenegger’s Commando, from the now stock shots of our hero tooling up for battle, cheesy one liners once a villain has been despatched to Anna Shaffer’s  brilliant channelling of Rae Dawn Chong.

With filming underway on the sequel, Vengeance is setting itself up to be an action series that like its leading character is Pure Gold.

 

Review by Matt Duddy

 

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk…  (I Am) Vengeance ANNOUNCEMENT

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… (I Am) Vengeance ANNOUNCEMENT

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we finally break cover about Ross’ new film Vengeance/ I Am Vengeance (US Title) including it’s trailer and UK/USA release dates.  LOADS of news and name dropping! Plus news of the UK premiere at the Fighting Spirit Film Festival

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed:Vengeance, I Am Vengeance

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On this episode: While Mike is away, Josh and Ricky will Rampage (see what we did there) across the Podcast. The devastation continues as they also go over there Top 5 Designed Movie Monsters!

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Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.

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Tactical Force – A Quick Capsule Review

Tactical Force – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Arriving straight to DVD back in 2011 (and probably straight to Netflix in most places), Tactical Force is a vehicle for former wrestler ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and former Spawn star Michael Jai White.  It doesn’t really do much for either career to be fair and the film is It’s terrible for the most part but doesn’t take itself too seriously so ends up being a totally forgettable but diverting low budget action film.  Packed with a few nice fights, a couple of neat car chases and shoot outs and some hysterically bad dialogue – what more could you want?

Best Bit: Austin’ dead pan delivery is ace.

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Author: Phil Hobden

GLOW The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling  – A Quick Capsule Review

GLOW The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Few people will remember the crazy antics of GLOW – the Glamorous Ladies Of Wrestling. Even as a wrestling fan of the late 80’s I only have a passing memory.  But this 2012 documentary, released on Netflix on the eve of it’s own dramatised GLOW series, gives you an affectionate look back at the rapping, highly stylised characters behind what was a landmark in wrestling television.  One for fans and non fans alike.

Best Bit: The reunion

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Blog: The Turnbuckle – Straight Outta Dudleyville: The Legacy Of The Dudley Boyz

Blog: The Turnbuckle – Straight Outta Dudleyville: The Legacy Of The Dudley Boyz

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

Press Release:

A look back at the incredible career of the Dudley Boyz, the most decorated tag team in the history of sports-entertainment. Includes over 20 matches and never-before-heard stories from Bubba Ray and D-Von, charting their formation in ECW, their rise to fame during the Attitude Era, then epic return to WWE in 2015. For the first time ever, you’ll get to know the Superstars behind the taped-up glasses and see how the Dudley Boyz turned the tables on tag team wrestling.

Review:

The WWE is experiencing something of a resurgence in its tag team divisions at the moment, and while teams like The Usos, Los Matadores and the fabulous The New Day are very impressive and entertaining, there was a time in the WWE just over a decade ago, that the tag team division was something truly phenomenal and a large part of this was due to the Dudley Boyz.

Initially part of the larger Dudley Brothers stable at ECW, Bubba-Ray and D-Von Dudley soon broke away to become their own two man wrecking machine and in the process laid the foundations for the tag team that is still a dominating force in the WWE today.

Straight Outta Dudleyville is a celebration of the first twenty years of this epic partnership and as is their way these days, WWE has once again assembled a fascinating, informative and entertaining documentary to accompany it. Given their bullish and violent behaviour in the ring, both Bubba and D-Von couldn’t be more different to their characters in real life. Both soft and well spoken, they talk about their two decade partnerships and real life friendship with warmth, affection and humour.

Beginning with their early days and upbringing in New York, Straight Outta Dudleyville draws on a plethora of family members and wrestlers (ibcluding Mick Foley, Edge, Christian, and Tommy Dreamer) to bring the two men to life outside the ring. A good portion of the first part of the documentary focuses on their time in ECW where they pushed the envelope in terms of goading and baiting audiences to give them heat, ironically becoming a tag team both beloved and reviled by the crowd, who Bubba would often get physical with, playing their heel role to the max.

It’s when the Dudleys were brought into the WWE, however, that they proceeded to change the way tag team wrestling was carried out forever. The combination of The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt Hardy), Edge & Christian, and the Dudleys created a six man ideas factory that introduced tables, ladders and chairs to their matches and regularly put their bodies on the line as they competed with each other to perform ever more dangerous and impressive bumps for their audience. As Bubba admits in the documentary, the Dudleys were far from the first to use tables in their matches, as virtually every match in the ECW incorporated some form of weapon or prop, but they were the first to truly make them a part of their act, and even now audiences love shouting “D-von, get the tables!”

The seventy-five minute documentary is loosely book-ended by footage of, and interviews with, the Dudleys are they sit in their bus backstage at Raw on 24th August 2015 waiting to make their surprise return to a WWE ring for the first time in a decade, and the pop from the crowd when their music hits is as big as that for any of the current top names on the roster.

One thing the WWE has learned with its documentaries over the last few years is how to bring out the human side of their Superstars. Despite having been a heel faction for the vast majority of their twenty year existence, audiences have taken the Dudleys to their hearts and watching the two men interact with each other backstage and at their wrestling school it’s hard not to like and feel warmth for the two men who describe themselves as being as close as actual brothers.

The documentary on Straight Outta Dudleyville is worth the price of the set alone, but there’s also a great selection of two dozen of their matches from both ECW and WWE including the awesome, jaw-dropping TLC (Tables, Ladders, Chairs) match from WrestleMania X-7 between the Dudleys, The Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian which stole the show that night and might just be the greatest tag team match in the history of wrestling. There are also additional segments cut from the documentary that are well worth a look and the Blu-ray adds their return on Raw plus another four matches.

Straight Outta Dudleyville is a great package celebrating the most decorated tag team in wrestling history and is well worth picking up.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 11th April 2016.

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – NXT Greatest Matches Volume 1

Blog: The Turnbuckle – NXT Greatest Matches Volume 1

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

Press Release

The hottest brand in sports-entertainment comes to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time! NXT is the future of WWE, featuring incredible action from some of the most exciting young athletes in the world. This collection brings together the best matches from NXT’s weekly show and live specials. Includes Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Paige, Sasha Banks, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, Big E and Sami Zayn.

Review

So the keenly awaited first NXT release comes to our screens. Just over seven hours of content to view here, all well thought out and executed.

The most enjoyable parts of this release is the documentary sections where HHH, and the other superstars discuss the the upcoming matches and also the NXT journey, from the start where it replaced FCW, the diva revolution, right up to the pleasing fact that every match on show at Wrestle-mania last year had a former NXT member in it, with the exception of HHH vs Sting.

Another key point discussed was how NXT went on to the WWE Network, and launched its first live event. What I will say is that for me there is not enough of these segments. A far amount of the content is match based and as great as these are, and they are, I would have preferred a deeper and longer behind the scenes look at everything NXT, this said there is really good coverage on how NXT has grown over the last three years, and a key section is the NXT women and how they went on to change how female wrestlers are perceived, and treated through out WWE, which I think is massively important to young women, and as a father of three girls, I believe that these role models are so important. So a thank you goes out to Bailey, Becky, Shasa and Charlotte (Four Horsewoman) for your outstanding work.

The matches selected are all high quality and enjoyable, there are matches for everyone, whatever floats your boat, great women’s matches, title matches and so on. The blu-ray release even gives you the Fatal Four way divas match from NXT Takeover.
It’s difficult to select a favourite, but Finn Balor vs Kevin Owens in Japan, and Sasha vs Bailey, just take the top two slots.

There is a really nice tribute to the late great Dusty Rhodes, where many a superstar discusses what the American Dream means to them, and how he shaped/created the characters they portray on TV today.

This is by far one of the best releases in the last 12 months from WWE, it’s a must for everyone and really highlights why NXT is so red hot and the favored brand for most WWE fans.
Just go out and buy yourself this collection, It doesn’t disappoint.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 14th March 2016.

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – Owen Hart – Hart of Gold

Blog: The Turnbuckle – Owen Hart – Hart of Gold

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A feature-length documentary on the life and career Owen Hart – one of WWE’s most beloved ever Superstars. The youngest of 12 siblings, Owen stepped out his famous wrestling family’s shadow as a true talent with a one-of-a-kind personality. For the first time ever, friends, family and colleagues come together to celebrate Owen – plus a collection of his greatest matches and stories.

Review:

The documentary on offer here is the main draw, and is unfortunately short in length (around 70 minutes) but does its job in giving a respectful overview of the real life character that was Owen Hart. The list of interviewees is satisfying, including the majority of the Hart family- predominantly Bret and Natalya Neidhart- as well as many WWE superstars past and present that knew, met or worked with Owen Hart. Plus, there is a brief selection of archive footage with Owen himself that are welcome insights.

The documentary charts Owen Hart’s career from his childhood in a wrestling family to his Stampede Wrestling days that saw him gain huge fan popularity on the independent (and mainstream) scene. From here we hear about his initial underappreciated run in the WWE as The masked Blue Blazer character, to him achieving deserved success returning to the company in the 90s. Owen Hart is among the most respected and admired individuals that has ever stepped foot in the business and from Mick Foley to Scott Hall nobody in this DVD production (or ever for that matter) has a single bad word to say about the man or the character. And that is a testament to who Owen was.

The documentary charts the major portions of Owen’s professional career and while certain areas are not dwelled upon, there is an effective overview for the fan wanting to get to know about one of the best wrestlers that ever lived. This is insightful viewing that never goes really deep personally but still tells a story of hard work and talent equating to success, respect and legend. The documentary is inter-cut with anecdotes of Owen’s well noted backstage pranks and family commitment and while many will know of some of these stories and this storytelling device does interrupt the flow of the doc occasionally, these are as close as we will likely get to knowing Owen the man as well as Owen the athlete. Still, for all the slight moments and lack of major depth, this is a great tribute to a true entertainer in and out of the ring.

The rest of the set comprises of more Owen Hart stories from a range of family members and superstars, some of which are brief, many others however are a little longer and all of them are excellent and rather touching. And then there is the diverse match listing which is undeniably missing some key contests from Owen’s career and some other notable opponents (it would have been great to see matches like the often forgotten Undertaker vs. Owen Raw main event match from 06/05/1996) but there is still lot a to enjoy here. And if you get the Blu-ray version you also get the emotional superstar memorials from the Owen Hart tribute Raw on the 24th May, 1999 and two additional matches in the 1-2-3 Kid vs. Owen Hart Semi-Final King of the Ring 1994 match and Owen’s Madison Square Garden match (as The Blue Blazer) with The Red Rooster (December 30th 1988).

The matches dig up some little seen contests like the Wrestlemania XI Promotional Public warm up match with Nick Barberri in Times Square (1994) and the excellent Raw March 3rd 1997 European Championship tournament final between Owen and The British Bulldog (rightfully focused on in the main documentary). Then there are the expected classics like the timeless Owen vs. Bret match from Wrestlemania X and the anarchic 10 man Tag at the In Your House: Canadian Stampede (July 6, 1997) PPV- also a focal point of the documentary. True certain omissions will have the odd fan disappointed but there is a whole host of history here and it makes for fond re-visitation.

So all in all, WWE Owen: Hart of Gold may add up to an enjoyable watch rather than a truly definitive collection but that should not discourage you. True it is not the perfect set but with some rare matches, archive content where possible and genuine respect on display, this set is a great introduction for newer fans to the legend that was Owen Hart and a pleasing reintroduction for fans who know and love Owen now like they did back in the 80s and 90s. This set is a fun look at the career of a vibrant human being and a truly talented wrestler, who was one of the greatest competitors never to hold the WWE Championship.

Author: Julian Connelly