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Cool Videos: Awesome ode to John Woo's Hard Target featuring the unrated version's footage!

Dec. 6, 2013by: Paul Shirey

A few months ago I did a Best Movie You Never Saw on John Woo's HARD BOILED, which is a masterful action flick starring Chow Yun Fat. In that column I mentioned the uncut version of Woo's first American film, HARD TARGET, which stars Jean-Claude Van Damme in a modern take on The Most Dangerous Game. I am an unabashed fan of the film, but got my mitts on a copy of the unrated, director's cut (originally given an NC-17) and found that it was even more violent and over the top than what it was trimmed down to, taking it to a whole other level of badass. Now, we have the compilation you always dreamed of as Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart" plays under the unrated footage, featuring all the slow-mo shootouts, air flips, kicks to the face, and staright up Van Dammage you could ever want (but never got). We're not in the habit of running every compilation that comes our way (seriously, don't bum rush me after this), but this one seemed fitting for this fine Friday.

Kickstart my Van Damme Heart:

If you haven't seen HARD TARGET then you are seriously missing out. Check it out on Netflix, iTunes, or Amazon instant.

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7:38PM on 12/06/2013
UK has the unrated blu out now and its region free!
UK has the unrated blu out now and its region free!
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7:36PM on 12/06/2013
Henriksen got naded in his nads.
Henriksen got naded in his nads.
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7:15PM on 12/06/2013
Lance Henriksen and Arnold Vosloo had brilliant, brilliant chemistry in this film. I'd go as far as saying they were the best villains in a John Woo film.

As for Van Damme, definitely his coolest role.
Lance Henriksen and Arnold Vosloo had brilliant, brilliant chemistry in this film. I'd go as far as saying they were the best villains in a John Woo film.

As for Van Damme, definitely his coolest role.
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6:56PM on 12/06/2013

An action classic

But this is unrated footage? Looks like exactly the same footage as the "normal" version of the film I've seen about 20 times, only this vid has it in crap quality... Did all this material really get cut out of the US version?
But this is unrated footage? Looks like exactly the same footage as the "normal" version of the film I've seen about 20 times, only this vid has it in crap quality... Did all this material really get cut out of the US version?
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7:13PM on 12/06/2013
True, I saw this in the UK enough times and don't recognize the parts that were cut.
True, I saw this in the UK enough times and don't recognize the parts that were cut.
3:20PM on 12/07/2013
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6:02PM on 12/06/2013

God I love this flick

Criminally underrated. I know when it came out Henricksen slammed Van Damme for telling Woo what to do but what came out is perfect to me. I also tracked down the VHS unrated cut and loved all the extra gore and animal violence. Everyone gets shot like 10 times. Also track down the region 2 DVD for some of the extra footage inserted, mostly extra violence.
Criminally underrated. I know when it came out Henricksen slammed Van Damme for telling Woo what to do but what came out is perfect to me. I also tracked down the VHS unrated cut and loved all the extra gore and animal violence. Everyone gets shot like 10 times. Also track down the region 2 DVD for some of the extra footage inserted, mostly extra violence.
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6:01PM on 12/06/2013

God I love this flick

Criminally underrated. I know when it came out Henricksen slammed Van Damme for telling Woo what to do but what came out is perfect to me. I also tracked down the VHS unrated cut and loved all the extra gore and animal violence. Everyone gets shot like 10 times. Also track down the region 2 DVD for some of the extra footage inserted, mostly extra violence.
Criminally underrated. I know when it came out Henricksen slammed Van Damme for telling Woo what to do but what came out is perfect to me. I also tracked down the VHS unrated cut and loved all the extra gore and animal violence. Everyone gets shot like 10 times. Also track down the region 2 DVD for some of the extra footage inserted, mostly extra violence.
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3:34PM on 12/06/2013
Underrated and entertaining. I want to see that work print
Underrated and entertaining. I want to see that work print
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12:56PM on 12/06/2013
I fucking love this movie, it was Lance at his most bad-ass.
I fucking love this movie, it was Lance at his most bad-ass.
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