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"Command Performance" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Command Performance

Synopsis

Joe (Lundgren) is a drummer in a band playing in Moscow as the opening act for a superstar American singer, Venus (Smith).

Russian President Petrov (Shopov) and his two daughters are attending one of the performances, and a terrorist group kidnaps the president, his daughters, and the TV crew.

The leader of the terrorists goes on TV to demand 1.5 billion dollars as ransom for the presidential family.

In the meantime, Joe had taken a break to go to the bathroom, and was there when the terrorists attacked, so they don't know he is a loose cannon in the building.

Joe has been telling everyone he used to be in a USA motorcycle gang, but the way the story is told, the viewer can infer that he probably was CIA, and that is most unfortunate for the terrorists because Joe has special skills in dealing with terrorists that involve terminating in very unpleasant ways.

Specifications

  • First Look Pictures
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 33 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not listed
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring Dolph Lundgren, Melissa Smith, Hristo Shopov, Dave Legeno, Zahary Baharov
  • Directed by Dolph Lundgren
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This was apparently, like many movies these days, "Direct to Disc", but you might be surprised to learn (or you probably already know) that in many cases, the studio makes more money from the DVDs than they do from the theater receipts. Anyway, Lundgren wrote the screenplay, produced and directed the film, and it is pretty good. The trailer showed another of his action films coming to DVD soon. Lundgren has taken a seat beside Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Segal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme as heavy duty action stars.

Technical

The image is very sharp, and there is plenty of surround sound envelopment.

Extras

Not much. Just an interview with Lundgren and behind the scenes fight footage.