The countdown to the release of this summer’s male action star brawl, The Expendables, kicks into gear this week with the release of the first of five featurettes that provide a look at the flick’s raw and bloody action scenes.

Here’s a more detailed, official description of the mercenary crew known as The Expendables:

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose.  Fearless and void of emotion, he is the leader, the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringes.  His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors.  His is a true cynic who describe what he does as “removing those hard to get at stains.”

The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Jet LI), a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture), a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundren), a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons.

This “Hostages” video details one of the first missions we’ll get to see The Expendables undertake in the film and offers a look at the sequence from both behind and in front of the camera.  Stallone’s stiff introductory speech aside, this is actually a pretty decent featurette that actually shows more than just a lot of talking heads praising their work on the film – don’t worry though, there’s still plenty of that too. ;-)

You can check out the featurette below (NOTE: There is one bit of graphic, R-Rated footage from the film on display so definitely consider this NSFW):

I do admire Stallone’s willingness to work with practical effects and film in real-life locations. The polished look of digital effects just wouldn’t fit the gritty atmosphere he seems to be aiming for with The Expendables.  While I think it fair to say that the movie won’t exactly be an exercise in intellectually-stimulating cinematic fare, it will hopefully be good tough guy fun.

What do you think?  Does this featurette make you all the more excited to see The Expendables?  Do you prefer Stallone’s more down and dirty approach to filmmaking?  Let us know in the comments section below.

The Expendables arrives in theaters in the U.S. on August 13th, 2010.