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Diamond Dogs (2007/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: C+



Dolph Lundgren is back kicking and punching people all over Asia in Diamond Dogs, an Indiana Jones-modeled romp with less humor and more blood as he eventually goes from a con involving extreme fighting to looking for an ancient Buddhist artifact.  The story is as thin as the air in some of the high elevations he crosses, but this works for Lundgren enough and you wonder if he may lowly make some kind of comeback.


His best work in years of what I have seen, which is more than most, he really gives it his all and is a little bit of a better actor than I think he has received credit for and the sense of humor helps.  The fight scenes are better than many we have seen lately, but best of all, that Lundgren is a more viable action hero than most of the new oafs they keep pushing on us who have limited talent is the best reason to give this a look.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image was shot in Super 16mm by Xiaobing Rao and the image is styled down a bit as color can be dulled, but this still looks much better than many HD or even 35mm such productions we have suffered through of late so much so that a Blu-ray version would be interesting.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has some good surrounds and the dialogue is recorded well.  Extras include a making of featurette and two bonus features of slicker interest.  One is the ability to go on the web and download a digital copy of the film complete with sound in low-def for portable devises, good until 7/29/08.  The other, if you can get it, is a paperboard slipcase with a 3-D lenticular version of the cover art.


The only odd thing about it is that Lundgren is so airbrushed, he looks like Heath Ledger’s cousin!



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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