“Underdog Kids” is the kind of kid power movie that wouldn’t have been out of place in the 80s or 90s. The film centers on a team of poor kids learning martial arts. They start getting good, then they’re faced with the privileged and undefeated Beverly Hills team. Can they come together to beat the snot out of these rich kids? I just realized that the guy from Best of the Best wrote and directed this release.

Phillip Rhee plays a former MMA champ that wants to make these poor kids feel better about themselves. Naturally, that involves kicking people in the face and neck. The stuff about confidence, courage and honor goes on too long. If I was a kid, I’d just want to some kicking. I’d also want to see people vomiting and high fiving, but I was a weird kid.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for an indie release. The transfer shows no sign of digital noise. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track makes the karate come to life. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to parents of young kids.

Release Date: 7/7/15

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