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“Kickboxer: Vengeance” Brings Back JCVD, Features Georges St-Pierre, Gina Carano (Review)

Two of the biggest names in MMA appear in “Kickboxer: Vengeance,” which goes on sale Tuesday. The feature film will be available on both DVD and Blu-Ray, and stars Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, former heavyweight champions Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez, and ex-female star Gina Carano are all among those who appear in the film. St-Pierre and Carano each have key roles in the movie, which is an update to the 1989 classic “Kickboxer” film.

Joining the cast is David Bautista, who has also appeared in the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” and at one time was a superstar pro wrestler. Bautista also briefly flirted with a career in MMA.

With all of those superstars holding major roles in the film, there is no doubting the high-impact action fight scenes that were captured. All of them helped play a role in putting the scenes together, and when you are making an action film, those have to be A-plus quality.

Director John Stockwell did just that and co-writers Dimitri Logothetis and Jim McGrath provided an interesting story that features Alain Moussi as “Kurt Sloane.” Moussi has worked as a stuntman on several films before, including “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and owns an MMA facility in Canada.

If you have seen the original, you know the villain, “Tong Po,” was a scary individual back in 1989. Bautista, though, grades himself right out with the origin character in that lead “heel” role this time around. And Carano just continues to improve as an actor, much like St-Pierre.

The release also includes a behind-the-scenes featurette with Bautista, St-Pierre, Carano and Moussi, as they show you how the fight scenes were put together.