I’ll admit to not being the biggest fan of the Universal Soldier film “franchise.” In fact, the only one I’ve seen is the first one, and I’m pretty sure I was blasted out of my mind on Pabst Blue Ribbon at the time, so that all I remember is that it starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. Happily, that’s all I needed to remember to be excited by Universal Soldier: Regeneration, which brings back both Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren for an awesome, direct-to-DVD final showdown. Seriously, I’m excited. I’m not 100% why. I just love that they’re both back, even though it might be more of a financial consideration for them than good will. I just get the feeling that when JCVD and Dolph end up watching Universal Soldier: Regeneration at their own premiere, they’ll also be blasted on Pabst Blue Ribbon. And I love that. (Via /Film)
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