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April 11th, 2014 by Oliver Harper Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Universal Soldier – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

Universal Solider (1992)

In 1992 Carolco were going through financial problems despite monster hits like Total Recall and Terminator 2. They needed to save money and cancelled a number of projects in order to save money. They had the Universal Solider project in development and brought German director Roland Emmerich over to take control of the production. This film would see Jean claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren go head to head as reanimated soldiers from Vietnam.

The movie was a success and it was a big boost to Van Damme and Lundgren’s careers, it has remained a firm favourite to fans of both actors. Despite its succes,s it has spawned some awful sequels. Did you enjoy it growing up and have you made an effort to view the sequels?

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Oliver Harper is, like the rest of us at FTN, a bit of a movie freak. He watches, thinks and then breaks down all the classics that were or may never have been. A big fan of 80s cinema, his trivia knowledge is phenomenal and the best part? He records great little videos to share his knowledge. Epic. Find Oliver's updates here:!/groups/370105659683174/--

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