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Command Performance (2009/First Look Blu-ray + DVD)


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



Dolph Lundgren is back directing and starring in another one of a cycle of projects that he is getting backing on independently and now directing on a regular basis.  Not that they are that good, but they can be really bad in an unintentionally funny way.  Command Performance (2009) begins with text reminding us of how in 1991, a hardline communist take over of the Russian Government by former USSR leaders happened and almost meant that the USSR would continue in some new, possibly dangerous form.  This is true, but then the film tires to tie this in with its plot and that never works.


Neither does most of the film.  Lundgren is a drummer who used to be a killer and military man who lands up being in the “wrong place at the wrong time” in one of the worst, silliest take-offs of the Die Hard formula we have seen of late.  A carbon copy pop tart singer (Melissa Ann Smith in the Britney Spears mode) is touring Russia, the two daughters of the new leader is a fan, they will go as a family and they will be attacked.  Needless to say the security is on the weak side.


Between gruesome/dumb killings, bad fight scenes and the new gimmick of digital spurting blood, this is a total wreck, the supposed ‘Hard Rock’ music is as bad as the teenier-bopper sugarless bubblegum pop and it is a silly, long 93 minutes to the end of every cliché we have seen since the action films of the 1980s.  Lundgren seems to be obsessed with this point long after that time has ended to the point that he co-wrote this train wreck.  Sad he is just rehashing the old when he could still be capable of something new.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray was shot in Super 35mm film and is not great, but not bad.  Too bad too many shots look substandard and we get noise we should not get.  However, that is a huge improvement over the anamorphically enhanced DVD that is weak and makes the film look cheaper than it is.  The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 on the Blu-ray is rich and has some good surrounds, but dialogue is on the weak side and the limits of the budget affected the recording in ways you can tell throughout.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD has a surprisingly weaker soundfield and is no match for the TrueHD.


Extras include a trailer and making of featurette, while Midnight adds an audio commentary track (try not to laugh), Outtakes (you will not laugh), Deleted Scenes and Storyboards.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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