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Direct Contact (2008/First Look Blu-ray + DVD-Video)


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



Dolph Lundgren allows himself to become a spoof of himself in Danny Learner’s Direct Contact (2008) about a U.S. Special Ops guy abandoned in a Russian prison when he is suddenly given a chance to “redeem” himself and is released on a special mission which (surprise?) is a set-up to get him killed.  How many times have we seen this?  How stupid are these characters?  How stupid do the writers think the audience is?


To the latter question, very!  This has every pre-war porn 1980s action cliché you can imagine, is Lundgren’s worst work and somebody needs to tell these people the 1980s and Reagan era are long over and never coming back.  The fights are too choreographed, dialogue awful and film overall beyond formulaic.  And when he has to save “the girl” Ana, yes, they fall for each other.  Condescending, lame and dull, only some of the action moments and times Lundgren is not trying to be a Rambo type (especially a problem in the latter part of the film) is when some of it is watchable.  Otherwise, this is one “contact” you are better off not making.


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 image is noisy and soft throughout reflecting a bad shoot, likely HD with the amount of unstylized noise.  Director of Photography Ross Clarkson, H.K.S.C., A.C.S., cannot make this look better than any of the 1980s action B-movies it is imitating and any digital effects are lame.  The anamorphically enhanced DVD is even worse and adds Video Black troubles.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 on the Blu-ray has a limited soundfield and can be compressed and overly loud in parts, while the DVD version is weaker with a lame soundfield.  There are no extras, unless you want o count previews and we do not.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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