New on Blu-ray: Universal Soldier: Regeneration

New on Blu-ray: Universal Soldier: Regeneration

It’s been almost 20 years since Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren took the screen together as revived super soldiers, created through government experiments, hell-bent on killing each other. Finally reunited, they reprise their roles in Universal Soldier: Regeneration. Luc Devereaux (Van Damme) has been placed in a rehabilitation program in an attempt to resurrect […]


It’s been almost 20 years since Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren took the screen together as revived super soldiers, created through government experiments, hell-bent on killing each other. Finally reunited, they reprise their roles in Universal Soldier: Regeneration.

Luc Devereaux (Van Damme) has been placed in a rehabilitation program in an attempt to resurrect his humanity. In the meantime, the government created a new, better generation of super soldiers that is even more unstoppable – he is the NGU (Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski). A rogue scientist has sold the services of the NGU to a group of Russian terrorists that are threatening to blow up Chernobyl’s nuclear station. With no other options, Luc is re-enlisted to stop the killing machine while Andrew Scott (Lundgren) is employed as a “fail safe.”

If you’ve seen the first Universal Soldier, then you can expect more of the same – gun fights, incredible feats of strength and superhuman resilience. They draw lots of blood, throw each other through walls and just keep going and going. The film provides all the necessary background information for those that have not seen any of its predecessors, but it’s a whole new story that doesn’t rely on any previous character development.

Both Van Damme and Lundgren have moments of vague emotion as the older models evolve, but Arlovski is a fully functioning model with no feelings and little to say; this behaviour is fitting for the UFC fighter as he appears to be capable of little more than short answers and combat. On the other hand, the elder pair has improved their acting abilities since 1992. Van Damme was encouraged to reprise the role after the affirmative reception of JCVD.

Special features include: commentary with director John Hyams and Lundgren; and a “Behind the Lines” featurette.