MVD Entertainment Group announced this past week that the next Blu-ray entry under the company’s popular “MVD Rewind Collection” promotional label will be none other than Robert Radler’s 1993 martial arts thriller, Showdown. The street date will be Feb. 26.
In an establish prologue we see a police officer by the name of Billy Grant (played by Tao Bo fitness guru Billy Blanks) answer some sort of domestic disturbance call which quickly escalates into an accidental death. Guild-ridden over the death, Grant quits the force … but it is established in these opening sequences that he is a gifted martial arts practitioner (that will quickly become an important plot element).
We then shift to a high school senior named Ken (played by Kenn Scott — as Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Shootfighter: Fight to the Death, Sworn to Justice, etc.) and his down-on-her-luck mother, who have just moved into town (filmed in and around Tucson, Arizona). He arrives at his new school and immediately walks into a bad situation when he spots the lovely Julie (Christine Taylor — Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and thinks that it would be a terrific idea to strike up a friendship.
Before you can say “kick-some-ass” he is confronted by Julie’s boyfriend, Tom (Ken McLeod) and his sidekick Rob (Michael Cavalieri) and roughed up. Here’s where it comes full circle, the school’s janitor just happens to be Billy Grant and he befriends the overmatch kid … if he to survive his senior year (and get the girl) he needs to learn some defensive skills and Billy is just the man to be his mentor.
Meanwhile, just to close the circle even tighter, the brother of the man Billy accidently killing in the opening set-up, just happens have a karate school in town — he’s a nasty fighter, with all sorts of criminal associates — and Tom just so happens to be one of his students!!!
Showdown delivers exactly what it promises … plenty of action and the parallel storylines will come together in a massive no-holds-barred beat-down! Plenty of action and, of course, a happy ending!
Bonus goodies are still a work in progress at this time.