New on Home Video: “Mission in Action” Trilogy

Those of us who grew up on the movies of the 1980s probably remember the wave of Vietnam War related films. Some were more serious minded like “Platoon”, “Full Metal Jacket”, and “Hamburger Hill”. Others were action-packed B-movies that found a home in VHS rental stores. Somewhere in between the two where Chuck Norris’ three “Missing in Action” films. Now thanks to Kino Lorber, fans can own the complete trilogy on Blu-ray later this month.

This new Blu-ray box set of the “Missing in Action” trilogy hits shelves January 17, 2023. See below for a full synopsis and breakdown of the bonus features.

“Missing in Action”

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

Year: 1984

Rating: R

Runtime: 101 Minutes

Director: Joseph Zito

Starring: Chuck Norris, M. Emmit Walsh, Lenore Kasdorf, David Tress, James Hong, Ernie Ortega, E. Erich Anderson, Pierrino Mascarino, Joseph Carberry, Bella Flores, Willie Williams, Jean-Claude Van Damme (uncredited).

Missing in Action (1984) – American servicemen are still being held captive in Vietnam—and it’s up to one man to bring them home in this blistering, fast-paced action/adventure. Following a daring escape from a Vietnamese POW camp, Special Forces Colonel James Braddock (Norris) is on a mission to locate and save remaining MIAs. Aided by a beautiful State Department official (Lenore Kasdorf, L.A. Bounty) and a former Army buddy (M. Emmet Walsh, Blood Simple), Braddock amasses top-secret information and state-of-the-art weaponry. Now this one-man army is prepared to blast his way into Vietnam…but will he be able to blast his way back out? Directed by Joseph Zito (Invasion U.S.A.) and featuring James Hong (The Perfect Weapon) and David Tress (Stone Cold).

“Missing in Action 2: The Beginning “

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

Year: 1985

Rating: R

Runtime: 95 Minutes

Director: Lance Hool

Starring: Chuck Norris, Soon-Tek Oh, Steven Williams, Bennett Ohta, Cosie Costa, John Michael Terry, Christopher Carey, John Wesley, David Chung, Professor Toru Tanaka, Dean Raphael Ferrandini, Pierre Issot, Mischa Hausserman

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985) – Chuck Norris returns as Colonel James Braddock in this intense, action-packed prequel to the original runaway hit. Captured during a daring mid-air rescue operation, Braddock and his men are imprisoned by the insane Colonel Yin (Soon-Tek Oh, Good Guys Wear Black), who stops at nothing to break their spirits. Held captive in a godforsaken jungle, death seems the only escape. But like a cunning tiger waiting for the right time to pounce on his prey, Braddock seizes the opportunity to spring into action…and becomes a one-man fighting machine dead-set on freeing his men at any cost. Directed by Lance Hool (Steel Dawn) and featuring Steven Williams (Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday) and Professor Toru Tanaka (Catch the Heat).

“Braddock: Missing in Action 3”

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

Year: 1988

Rating: R

Runtime: 103 Minutes

Director: Aaron Norris

Starring: Chuck Norris, Aki Aleong, Roland Harrah III, Yehuda Efroni, Floyd Levine, Miki Kim, Ron Barker, Jack Rader, Keith David

Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988) – When Colonel James Braddock (Norris) is told that his wife and 12-year-old son are still alive in Communist Vietnam, he mounts a one-man assault to free them. Armed with the latest high-tech firepower, Braddock fights his way into the heart of the country and ends up battling his way out with several dozen abused children in tow. Struggling to protect the kids while outmaneuvering the sadistic Vietnamese officer General Quoc (Aki Aleong, V: The Series), Braddock ignites the jungles in a blazing race for freedom. This is the final chapter in the slam-bang Missing in Action trilogy, featuring Keith David (They Live) and directed by Chuck’s stunt coordinator and brother, Aaron Norris (Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection).

Bonus Features

Newly Remastered in 4K and 2K | Audio Commentary for MISSING IN ACTION by Director Joseph Zito, Moderated by Filmmaker Michael Felsher | Interview with MISSING IN ACTION Screenwriter James Bruner| NEW Audio Commentary for MISSING ACTION 2 by Director Lance Hool, Moderated by Historian/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer | NEW Audio Commentary for BRADDOCK: MISSING IN ACTION III by Action Film Historians Mike Leeder and Arne Venema | Theatrical Trailers for all Three MISSING IN ACTION Films | Optional English Subtitles

7 thoughts on “New on Home Video: “Mission in Action” Trilogy

  1. Now that’s a set everyone should get. This is prime Chuck Norris. Yet, I still mark out over the time he was in Survivor Series 1994 where he was the special enforcer for the Yokozuna vs. Undertaker casket match where he kicked that mid-level leech in Man Who is Fond of Slapping Nutz in the chest.

  2. I joined the army because of First Blood and when MIA came out it only made me more eager to graduate high school and get into the mix. I don’t know how these have aged but they were awesome at the time. You’ve given me an itch to revisit them myself. Thanks Keith!

    • That’s really interesting. Rewatching them was a lot of fun. In many regards they haven’t aged super well. But my past connections to them and my understanding of their context made it such an enjoyable revisit.

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