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Postby Jox on 12 Apr 2014, 18:50

I had never seen Kevin Costner's OPEN RANGE but I had heard about it and it's pretty clear that Dolph was influenced by it in the final shoot out of THE MECHANIK. Not only had it just been released the year prior it and Dolph is a fan of westerns (and Costner), but some of the shots and ideas are similar (yet not just "copied and pasted").
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Re: THE MECHANIK / THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Jox on 22 Oct 2015, 10:50

Already 10 years this October that Dolph Lundgren's sophomore directorial (and best) effort first came out...!

Lots happened this decade, some good, some bad. And while COMMAND PERFORMANCE was more of a fun experience and ICARUS was a painful one, SKIN TRADE was almost a follow up to THE MECHANIK in a way.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Tom on 24 Oct 2015, 18:00

Along with the Unisol sequels, this is still probably my favourite DL film of the new millenium. There's a simple purity to the story. It's done well, and even in the dramatic scenes it is effective.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Tom on 20 Dec 2015, 19:54

If you're a DP, particularly one as talented as Clarkson, you should at least put a showreel up in the correct aspect ratio. He's selling himself short here I think.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Jox on 21 Dec 2015, 16:37

I think it's in the right aspect ratio (if you don't count the 1.78 instead of 1.85) but the first scene shown is one that is distorded in the film itself. I don't know which source he used but it seems it was put together a while ago so probably not with the best assets and converting tools.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Tom on 21 Dec 2015, 19:53

Still, even looking back at this, I really rate Mechanik as easily one of D's best in the last 10 years. Up with the Unisol sequals. I think The Mechanik looks great too. Clarkson did a great job.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Jox on 21 Dec 2015, 20:06

No doubt about it. The film has a certain cachet and chemistry about all the elements coming together in a unique and solid way, far beyond being a mere action flick or B movie. And Clarkson had a lot of ideas and influence (beyond cinematography) on the project as well.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Jox on 25 Feb 2016, 19:06

THE MECHANIK and MISSIONARY MAN composer Elia Cmiral has been the subject of a documentary for Czech television
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3976336/combined
Documentary charting the career of the Czech composer Eli Cmiral in the Mecca of the American film industry in Hollywood. The documentary is a reflection of the individual fates of Czech immigrants in the confrontation of two different worlds - the past connected to the Czech Republic, which enter into the presence of only as a memory of motherland, and the current reality of artistic and personal life after settling in the USA. The story also tells of the journey of life and its distinctive search. Here's to creativity confronted the question of human industry and talent with life dreams.
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Re: THE MECHANIK / THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Jox on 29 Apr 2016, 21:22

A column from writer Bryan Edward Hill with a great personal story from THE MECHANIK 8)
http://www.comicsbeat.com/column-a-worl ... -superman/
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Re: THE MECHANIK / The Russian Specialist (Dolph Lundgren, 2

Postby Jox on 13 Jan 2018, 02:23

A great brand new review from fellow PUNISHER fan and VHS collector RobotGeek's Cult Cinema
http://www.robotgeekscultcinema.com/201 ... alist.html

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