Double Impact appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though it showed its age, the image usually satisfied.
Overall sharpness worked fairly well. Occasional soft shots materialized, some of which stemmed from the photographic effects needed to integrate Van Damme times two. Even with those, though, the movie remained reasonably well-defined.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes or signs of digital noise reduction. As for print flaws, a few small specks popped up but nothing substantial.
Colors went with a fairly natural feel. They never became impressive or memorable, but the disc reproduced them with acceptable fidelity.
Blacks felt largely dark and dense, while shadows showed pretty appealing clarity. A product of its time, this turned into a watchable presentation.
Even for its era, the film’s PCM 2.0 soundtrack seemed lackluster, partly due to a restricted soundfield. The movie managed decent stereo music as well as acceptable spread to effects, but neither added a lot of involvement to the proceedings.
Audio quality also showed its age. Speech felt fairly natural, at least, with lines that could range a little edgy but that usually came across as concise.
Music lacked great range, and effects also failed to deliver much kick. Both of those seemed clean enough, as only a little distortion impacted the elements, but they never came across with notable range or power. This felt like a pretty mediocre mix.
The package comes with a mix of extras, and these start with a two-part documentary called The Making of Double Impact. Together, the two segments fill a total of one hour, 11 minutes, 32 seconds with comments from writer/director Sheldon Lettich, producer Ashok Amritraj, fight coordinator/actor Pjeter Malota, photo double Jeff Rector and Jerry Rector, writer/actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, and actor Cory Everson.
The programs discuss story/characters, the project’s roots and development, sets, locations and shooting in Hong Kong, effects used to create two Van Dammes, cast and performances, stunts and action, editing, and release.
With almost two hours at its disposal, “Making” manages to get into the film’s creation pretty well. While aspects of the program feel a bit on the fluffy side, we still find plenty of good notes and anecdotes.
23 Deleted/Extended Scenes fill a total of 53 minutes, 57 seconds. That’s a whole lot of cut footage – does any of it qualify as “lost gold”?
Not really. The scenes add a little exposition and some minor character notes along with a fair amount of extra action.
Though the latter sound appealing, they tend to feel padded and they slow down the movie’s already problematic pacing. Fans will enjoy this cornucopia of deleted footage but I can’t claim any of the sequences feel impressive.
With the seven-minute, 59-second Anatomy of a Scene, we hear from Lettich as he takes us through one of the film’s action sequences. Basically this becomes a mini-commentary, and Lettich adds a few useful notes.
Next comes Behind the Scenes, a six-minute, 58-second piece from 1991. Created to promote the film, it involves Van Damme and executive producers Charles Layton and Moshe Diamant. It’s fairly superficial, but it includes some good shots from the set.
Under B Roll Selections, we find an eight-minute, three-second compilation of behind the scenes footage. It provides a nice glimpse of the production.
After this we get Film Clips, a four-minute, 51-second compilation of… film clips. Cropped to 1.33:1, I guess these got used to promote the movie on TV, but they’re pretty useless in this context.
Three participants show up under Cast and Crew Interview Clips: Van Damme (3:38), Layton (2:12) and Diamant (0:30). From the same sessions used for “Behind the Scenes”, we get a few basics about the production. Don’t expect any real substance, though, and if you watched “Behind the Scenes”, you already heard most of these remarks.
We also find one trailer for Impact as well as promos for Lionheart, Black Eagle, Double Dragon, Nemesis, Showdown, Angel Town and Walking Tall.
Twice the Van Damme, twice the fun? Alas, no, as Double Impact never manages to exploit its nutty concept to become the fun action flick it wants to be. The Blu-ray brings adequate picture and audio as well as a pretty good collection of supplements. Impact never lands a punch.