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Bangkok Adrenaline (2009/Image Blu-ray) + Hunt To Kill (2010/Anchor Bay Blu-ray) + Locked Down (2010/TapouT/Lionsgate Blu-ray)


Picture: B-/C+/C+     Sound: B     Extras: C-/D/D     Films: C-/D/D



A few would-be action films have arrived on Blu-ray and they are all too much like releases we have seen before and too often.  You would think a better format like Blu-ray would inspire better productions, but these might as well be cheap releases made for Betamax save the TapouT release that simply does not work.


Bangkok Adrenaline (2009) is another lame, flat, unnecessary exercise in the tired current round of martial arts features, this one from Thailand and one again, cartoon gangsters are somehow involved in a tale so inept that you hope everyone gets rid of each other so the mess will end.  To show how mixed this actioner with too much comedy is, the co-writer is Conan Stevens, who actually played Man-Thing in the 2005 Lionsgate/Marvel Comics disaster.  His script with director Raimund Huber is a dud and the few fight scenes seem too rehearsed and are dull.  Some of the martial artists try to make this work, but it is a losing battle.  A behind the scenes featurette is the only extra.


Hunt To Kill (2010) is another vehicle trying to make another former wrestler into a movie star, which is like turning lead into gold; it never works.  It will never work for The Rock and it does not work for Steve Austin in yet another 90th-generation equivalent of a bad revenge western, killing people for going after his daughter.  Too bad they did not skip her and kidnap the script.  This is deadly dull, so bad and everyone seems as bored as you will by watching this mess.  A behind the scenes featurette and feature length audio commentary track by Director Naomi Waxman and Actor Michael Eklund are the only extras.


Locked Down (2010) rounds out the choices, the latest formula TapouT production that is a disappointment, even for a franchise that has some edge does not show it.  When it comes to fighting in a formula flick that has less energy and interesting items than their previous releases, I expected progress of some kind, but this just seems overly processed.  Vinnie Jones, Kimbo Slice, Rashad Evans and Bai Ling are interesting to cast and likable, but the good cop on the run from being framed story is not believable for a minute and the talent is wasted, though some more money may have gone into this than previous productions.  Extras include TapouT promos, Interviews, Behind The Scenes featurette, Fight Choreography piece, trailers and feature length audio commentary by Writer/Director Daniel Zirilli and Actor Tony Schinea.


The 1080p 1.78 X1 digital High Definition image in all three cases are poor, with all featuring motion blur, softness, unnecessary desaturation and manipulation of the image, bad editing and problematic camera work and editing throughout them all.  Only Bangkok has some good shots, but they all look as cheaply made as they play.  All also have 5.1 mixes that all turn out to be shockingly strong with good soundfields, saving them all from being completely useless.  All have DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes save the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 on Locked, but sound alone does not a good movie make and for most involved, these may be the nadirs of their respective careers.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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