Test Your Knowledge of the Direct-to-Video Vehicles of Yesterday’s Movie Stars!

Buried among this week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases is a little something called Absolution, an action thriller that teams Vinnie Jones (remember him?) with Steven Seagal. It’s the third film in which the former Under Siege star plays contract killer John Alexander, and if you’re not familiar with the series, don’t worry — you probably aren’t aware of of most of Mr. Seagal’s recent filmography, which (with the exception of his jokey cameo in 2010’s Machete) has consisted of low-profile movies, usually shot in Europe or Asia, and released straight to home video. He’s done more than two dozen of these films since his last theatrical vehicle, 2002’s Half Past Dead, and he’s not the only one; Redbox kiosks and VOD menu screens are, these days, jam-packed with stars you’ve heard of, in movies you haven’t. So we put together this little quiz to help you reacquaint yourself with the current activities of these stars of yesterday — and today.

1. Which of the following action stars has appeared in the most direct-to-video movies?

a) Steven Seagal
b) Jean Claude Van Damme
c) Wesley Snipes
d) Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis in "The Prince"

2. Which of the following Oscar-winning actors has not appeared in a direct-to-video movie?

a) Christopher Walken
b) Adrien Brody
c) Nicolas Cage
d) Morgan Freeman

3. In the 2012 direct-to-video feature Freelancers, Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Robert De Niro took second and third billing to which musician-turned-actor?

a) Mark Wahlberg
b) LL Cool J
c) Mariah Carey
d) Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

4. Which Oscar nominee appeared, alongside top-billed Twilight star Kellan Lutz, in the 2011 DTV feature Arena, playing the overlord of a modern-day gladiator web series?

a) Viggo Mortensen
b) Samuel L. Jackson
c) Gary Oldman
d) Bruce Dern

Eric Roberts in "Camp Dread"

5. How many direct-to-video films released in 2014 did onetime Oscar nominee Eric Roberts appear in?

a) 4
b) 7
c) 12
d) 34

6. True or false: Stars of Seagal’s magnitude typically take small salaries for their appearances in these low-budget films.

7. Who starred in the cops-robbers-hostages film Chaos, which was shot in 2005 but not seen in the US until its direct-to-video release in 2008?

a) Wesley Snipes
b) Jason Statham
c) Ryan Phillippe
d) James Woods

John Cusack

8. Which of the following direct-to-video action films did not star beloved rom-com fave John Cusack?

a) The Factory
b) Vice
c) The Prince
d) Drive Hard

9. Which former Batman starred in the 2009 film Hardwired as the evil mastermind of a corporation that implants chips into human brains?

a) Michael Keaton
b) Val Kilmer
c) George Clooney
d) Christian Bale

10. How many direct-to-video sequels were made to the 1992 Jean Claude Van Damme/Dolph Lundgren vehicle Universal Soldier?

a) 3
b) 4
c) 5
d) 6

Your answers are on the next page!