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Arrow Action Films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s on Blu-ray!

There are threads like this for slasher movies, and giallo flicks... so why not action movies??

This thread will be a work-in-progress, so my apologies if it's not 100% accurate right off the bat.

Also... the definition of what an "Action" movie is, is purely subjective. I've tried to remain pretty traditional in what makes up one... fights, car chases, explosions, gunplay... but I have also lumped in a few that some may consider more "action thriller" or "crime drama" or "sci-fi action" if they have enough of those same elements. Action was HUGE in the 80s especially, so it stands to reason that a few crime dramas and thrillers would amp up the action elements to compete for those box-office and video dollars. Again, purely subjective.

I like action but sometimes, there may be things not on my radar for whatever reason. If there are any glaring omissions, just let me know!

Definition:
A movie whose intent and overall executed tone is to showcase action (gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand combat, vehicle chases, etc.) for a significant portion of the film's running time.

An action movie has a clear hero, heroes or anti-hero, that sometimes bend or blatantly breaks the rules in order to accomplish his/her/their goal. These heroes and anti-heroes are often current or former police, spies, CIA, FBI, or military personnel.

Violence and a total disregard for property are a big part of the methods used by the hero or anti-hero. A$$es are kicked, bad guys are (generally) killed.

The action movies of this period are generally thought of as being uniquely American, so the focus of this thread will be the American made action films of the time period, as well as select overseas releases which received a significant theatrical or video release targeting American audiences in the United States.


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Act of Vengeance (1974) (Scorpion Releasing)
Chinese Hercules (1973) (Dark Force Entertainment)
Death Before Dishonor (1987) (Scorpion Releasing)
McBain (1991) (Synapse Films)
POW: The Escape (1986) (Scorpion Releasing)
Toy Soldiers (1984) (Scorpion Releasing)
Young Warriors (1983) (Severin Films)


Unreleased
9 Deaths of the Ninja (1985)
Action U.S.A. (1989)
Act of Piracy (1988)
Act of Vengeance (1986)
American Hunter (1989)
American Samurai (1992)
Angels' Brigade (1979)
Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
American Commandos (1986)
Armed Response (1986)
(MGM)
Assault on Death Mountain (1999)
Assault on Devil's Island (1997)
Avalanche Express (1979)
(Warner Bros.)
Back in Action (1993)
Behind Enemy Lines (1997)
Beyond Justice (1992)
Bird on a Wire (1990)
(Universal)
Black Cobra (1987)
Black Cobra 2 (1989)
Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection (1990)
Black Sunday (1977)
(Paramount)
Blind Rage (1976)
The Blood of Heroes (1989)
Blue Ice (1992)
(HBO)
The Blue Lightning (1986) (MGM)
Borderline (1980)
Born American (1986)
The Bounty Hunter (1990)
Breakdown (1997)
(Paramount)
Breakout (1975)
Bulletproof (1988)
(MGM)
Bullies (1986)
Cage (1989)
Cage II (1994)
Caged Fury (1983)
Caribe (1987)
Cartel (1990)
Catch the Heat (1987)
(MGM)
C.A.T. Squad (1986)
C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf (aka Python Wolf) (1988)
Chain of Command (1994)
Choke Canyon (1986)
Class of 1999 II: The Substitute (1994)
Cobra Mission 2 (1988)
Cold Steel (1987)
Code Name Vengeance (1987)
Code Name: Wild Geese (1984)
Combat Shock (1984)
Cop Target (1990)
Counterforce (1988)
Crack House (1989)
(MGM)
Cross Mission (1988)
Crying Freeman (1995)
Cyclone (1987) (MGM)
Damned River (1989) (MGM)
Dark Day Express (1989)
Day of the Warrior (1996)
Days of Hell (1986)
Dead Bang (1989)
(Warner Bros)
Deadly Illusion (1987)
Deadly Stranger (1988)
Death Force (1978)
Death Promise (1977)
Death Ring (1992)
Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)
(Lionsgate)
Defense Play (1988)
The Delos Adventure (1987)
Delta Force 3: The Killing Game (1991)
Delta Force Commando (1988)
Delta Heat (1992)
Detonator (1993)
(Warner Bros/New Line)
Detonator II: Night Watch (1995) (Warner Bros/New Line)
Diplomatic Immunity (1991) (MGM)
DNA (1996)
Double Trouble (1992)
Drive (1997)
El Condor (1970)
(Warner Bros.)
Enemy Territory (1987) (MGM)
The Evil That Men Do (1984)
The Expendables (1988)
Eye of the Eagle (1987)
Eye of the Eagle 2 (1989)
Eye of the Eagle 3 (1989)
Eye of the Tiger (1986)
Excessive Force (1993)
(Warner Bros/New Line)
Extreme Justice (1993)
Felony (1994)
(Warner Bros.)
Fifty/Fifty (1992)
Fighting Back (1982)
Fighting Mad (1976)
Final Mission (1984)
Final Score (1986)
The Finest Hour (1992)
(MGM)
Firecracker (1981)
Fire Down Below (1997)
(Warner Bros)
Firepower (1993)
Firestorm (1998)
Fit to Kill (1993)
Flashpoint (1984)
Florida Straits (1986)
Forced Vengeance (1982)
(Warner Bros)
A Force of One (1979)
Fortune Dane (1986)
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
The Getaway (1994)
Getting Even (1986)
Ghetto Blaster (1989)
The G.I. Executioner (1971)
The Glimmer Man (1996)
(Warner Bros)
Golden Needles (1974)
Gold Raiders (1982)
Good Guys Wear Black (1978)

Gotcha! (1985) (Universal)
Gymkata (1985) (Warner Bros)
Hangfire (1991) (MGM)
Hard Hunted (1993)
Heated Vengeance (1985)
The Heist (1989)
Hellbound (1994)
(Warner Bros)
Hell Raiders (1984)
Hell Squad (1986)
(MGM)
Hell's Heroes (1987)
Hitlist (1989)
(Sony)
The Hitman (1991)
Hour of the Assassin (1987)
The Human Factor (1975)
The Human Shield (1991)
Hurricane Smith (1992)
(Warner Bros.)
Instant Justice (1986) (Warner Bros.)
The Instructor (1981)
Into the Sun (1992)
Iron Eagle (1986)
(Sony)
Iron Eagle II (1988)
Jungle Rats (1988)
The Junkman (1982)
Keaton's Cop (1990)
(MGM)
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)
Kickboxer 3: The Art of War (1992)
Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)
Killing Streets (1991)
Killpoint (1984)
Kill Squad (1982)
Killzone (1985)
Kill Zone (1993)
Lady Avenger (1988)
Last Platoon (1988)
L.A. Streetfighters (aka: Ninja Turf) (1985)
L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies: Return to Savage Beach (1998)
Leathernecks (1989)
Let's Get Harry (1986)
(Sony)
Live Wire (1992)
Low Blow (1986)
Mace (1987)
Man Called Rage, A (1984)
Men of War (1994)
Mercenary Fighters (1988)
(MGM)
Merchants of War (1989)
Midnight Ride (1990)
Ministry of Vengeance (1989)
(MGM)
Mitchell (1975) (Warner Bros.)
Murder at 1600 (1997) (Warner Bros.)
Nasty Hero (1987)
Nate and Hayes (1983)
Nightforce (1987)
(Lionsgate/Vestron)
Night of the Sharks (1988)
Night Wars (1988)
The Ninja Strikes Back (1982)
Ninja Vengeance (1988)
(MGM)
No Dead Heroes (1986) (MGM)
No Escape (1994)
No Mercy (1986)
(Universal)
No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987)
No Way Back (1976)
Number One With a Bullet (1987)
(MGM)
On Deadly Ground (1994)
(Warner Bros)
One Man Force (1989)
Only The Strong (1993)
Operation Hit Squad (1987)
(Lakeshore)
Operation NAM (1986)
Out on Bail (1989)
The Patriot (1986)
Penitentiary III (1987)
Programmed to Kill (1987)

Quicker Than the Eye (1988)
Quiet Cool (1986) (Warner Bros/New Line)
Rage to Kill (1988)
Redemption: Kickboxer 5 (1995)
Renegades (1989) (Universal)
Rent-a-Cop (1987) (Lionsgate)
The Rescue (1988) (Disney)
Rescue Me (1994)
The Retrievers (1982)
The Revenger (1989)
Ricochet (1991)
Run (1991)
(Disney)
Rush (1983)
Scorpion (1986)
Self Defense (1983)
(Warner Bros.)
Shoot To Kill (1988)
Showdown (1994)
Silent Assassins (1988)
(MGM)
Silk 2 (1989)
Sitting Target (1972)
(Warner Bros.)
Skeleton Coast (1988)
Slaughter in San Francisco (1974)
Sloane (1985)
Snake Eater (1989)
Snake Eater 2: The Drug Buster (1989)
Snake Eater 3: His Law (1992)
Sniper (1993)
Soldier's Revenge (1986)
Spyder (1988)
The Stabilizer (1986)
St. Ives (1976)
(Warner Bros)
Street People (1976)
Strike Commando (1987)
Strike Commando 2 (1988)
Sudden Death (1977)
Sudden Death (1985)
Sunset Grill (1993)
Survival Run (1979)
Surviving the Game (1994)
Sweet Revenge (1987)
(MGM)
Sword of Heaven (1985)
Taffin (1988) (MGM)
Target (1985) (Paramount)
Telefon (1977) (Warner Bros)
Terror in Beverly Hills (1989)
Terror Squad (1988)
(MGM)
Three Kinds of Heat (1987)
TNT Jackson (1974)
Tongs: An American Nightmare (1986)
Too Hot to Handle (1977)
Tripwire (1989)
True Lies (1994)
(20th Century Fox)
Twin Dragon Encounter (1986)
Uncommon Valor (1983) (Paramount)
Vietnam, Texas (1990) (MGM)
Violent City (1970)
Warbus (1986)
War Bus 2 (1989)
Warrior of the Lost World (1983)
White Fury (1990)
Wild Geese II (1985)

The Zebra Force (1976) (Code Red)

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Old 01-09-2018, 01:10 PM   #2
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Would To Live and Die in LA count? The front half isn't very super-action, but man that back half!

Also, for overseas, you've got:
1990: The Bronx Warriors
Exterminators of the Year 3000
Escape from the Bronx
The New Barbarians
The Man from Hong Kong
Turkey Shoot
BMX Bandits
The Killer
Hard Boiled
(also, you forgot Mad Max, Road Warrior and Thunderdome?!? Heresy!)

Other titles off the top of my head:
Blazing Magnum/Shadows in an Empty Room
Killer Force
Black Mama, White Mama

Also, did you want to get into Kung Fu? We could be here all day if you did. Five Element Ninja, House of Traps, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Return to the 36th Chamber and on and on. . . . .

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You sir have your work cut out for you.
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Unless I missed them in the OP, here's some more to consider:

Avengers (1998)
Billy Jack Series
El Mariachi / Desperado
Entrapment
La Femme Nikita (especially since Point of No Return is up there)
Maximum Risk
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
Hard Boiled
Mission: Impossible
Mortal Kombat
Point Break
The Replacement Killers
Ronin (had two releases now)
Rumble in the Bronx
Street Fighter
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy
Vanishing Point

Three Pack with Point of No Return, Domino, and The Long Kiss Goodnight (although one of those is post-2000s).
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Gah... how the hell did I leave out Point Break?

Thanks, guys!
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The more I think about it, the more titles I keep thinking of!

I'd also recommend adding Crying Freeman to the list of unreleased ones. It's criminally underrated imo. There is a nice Blu-Ray released in France, but who knows if a NA release will ever happen?

EDIT:
Another thing to add: Van Damme Three Pack: Cyborg, Death Warrant, Double Impact

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Man, I wish Breakdown (1997) would get a release...
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Man, I wish Breakdown (1997) would get a release...
Kurt Russell is superb in that.
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Raw Deal is available in the UK, I have it but not sure if it is region free or not

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Raw Deal is available in the UK, I have it but not sure if it is region free or not

It is Region Free, from what I've been told. I probably should make a section for Region Free stuff, I just don't have a whole lot of knowledge about them currently.
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It's a shame the longer cut of Enemy of the State doesnt seem to be available on BD. Was wondering about Back in Action (1993) too, the one with Billy Blanks
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Solid idea for a thread. If I may make two suggestions... first, I'd suggest using [BD] tags with the blu ray database number (for example [BD] 3342 [/ B]) so that each film could be clicked, taking you to it's corresponding database page. Second, and even better in my opinion, would be to use [small] tags instead of [BD] tags so that not only are the covers clickable, but they are also small sized, allowing for a more clean uniform look to the main thread. This also allows more covers to fit on the screen at one time. (there are also [medium] tags as well if you prefer those.) Regardless, this is a fun thread idea so I'm looking forward to seeing it evolve.
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Solid idea for a thread. If I may make two suggestions... first, I'd suggest using [BD] tags with the blu ray database number (for example [BD] 3342 [/ B]) so that each film could be clicked, taking you to it's corresponding database page. Second, and even better in my opinion, would be to use [small] tags instead of [BD] tags so that not only are the covers clickable, but they are also small sized, allowing for a more clean uniform look to the main thread. This also allows more covers to fit on the screen at one time. (there are also [medium] tags as well if you prefer those.) Regardless, this is a fun thread idea so I'm looking forward to seeing it evolve.
I had considered smaller pics, but seeing them in use in other similar threads, I felt they might be too small. I could be wrong, though. That was just my initial thought on those.

Never used BD tags before, so I will look into it for sure.

Thanks for all the great feedback so far, gang. Keep it coming!
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Note at least Beverly Hill Cops Trilogy (together and separately) was released elsewhere in BD Region Free. Some other titles might have been, but I don't have them.
Trilogy

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cool thread but includes to much. Bond is it's own separate catagory as is Kung Fu (at least the asian made ones, the US made ninja movies can stay)

saw many of these films in the theater back in the day and still love them.
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Ideally, this thread should be split between the 3 decades. Although there's some overlap, 70s action and 80s action have their own styles and quirks plus there are just so many titles I can see the OP getting burned out trying to keep up with all the additions and suggestions.
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cool thread but includes to much. Bond is it's own separate catagory as is Kung Fu (at least the asian made ones, the US made ninja movies can stay)

saw many of these films in the theater back in the day and still love them.
Kung-Fu, I do feel like those are generally their own thing, though I think some of the ones made for the US market "feel" different and more actiony. The mainstream type stuff by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, etc.

As for Bond... I had reservations but MGM and UA have always marketed Bond over the years as action, so I figured why not. Seriously, almost every old commercial for Bond series VHS tapes, etc. featured multiple explosions and gunfire. They heavily played up the series' action elements. I think they qualify. I mean, they're much more in line with the typical action movie than they are a spy movie like say, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
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A few Region Free or Region A action films on BD overseas:

Extreme Prejudice (Japan): The one entered into the database on here is OOP, but it's been re-pressed in a new edition and is available on Amazon Japan.
The Hard Way (UK)
Judgment Night (Germany)
Unlawful Entry (Germany)
The Getaway-1994 (Germany)
Runaway (Germany)
The Man From Hong Kong (Australia)
Raw Deal (UK)

I own all of them except "Runaway" and can personally verify all of the ones I own play on both my region A player and region free player.
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Kung-Fu, I do feel like those are generally their own thing, though I think some of the ones made for the US market "feel" different and more actiony. The mainstream type stuff by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, etc.

As for Bond... I had reservations but MGM and UA have always marketed Bond over the years as action, so I figured why not. Seriously, almost every old commercial for Bond series VHS tapes, etc. featured multiple explosions and gunfire. They heavily played up the series' action elements. I think they qualify. I mean, they're much more in line with the typical action movie than they are a spy movie like say, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
not saying that Bond films aren't action they pretty much invented the genre. my thought on that was that Bond films get plenty of exposure and have a thread of their own already. wit that i mind why have Bond compete with the rest for attention on this thread.
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You're missing two of the greatest from 1991.

Stone Cold (Olive release)

and

Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man (Shout Factory)
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