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Tapped Out (2014/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C Film: C+

Michael Shaw is a troubled teen, forced to do community service, he works his former karate dojo, but when suddenly he finds the man who killed his family, he secretly trains to beat his parents killer. After the death of his parents Micheal ten years later become your typical American alcoholic high school teen junkie. And after being caught too many times he must do community service to make up for his sins, however his former master believes he still has some potential. Reluctantly, he begins to retrain his body and mind, that is until he finds his parent's killer in an underground fighting ring. He becomes determined to bring his parent's killer to justice with his bare fist if he has to in Allan Unger's Tapped (2014).

We just reviewed this Michael Biehn film as an import DVD from Australia's Umbrella Entertainment at this link:


That was from another of our writers, but we just about agree on this one, which was like a mixed version of Karate Kid and Rocky with rock music, I suppose there are worse fighting/wrestling films. It was a bit unrealistic, a little secret, karate techniques can never beat wrestling techniques, specially if your opponent is twice your weight and size. It has it's mix of 'funny' scenes but a few adult content scenes too, including a sex scene and all the violence, almost if it was trying to appeal to multiple age groups.

Despite the import DVD having some more image quality possibilities, this US anamorphically enhanced DVD is just as soft and the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix as underwhelming and just not that well recorded. Extras includes digital UV, interviews with the cast and trailer, which is an improvement over the import, which had zero extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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