Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment .
R4 . COLOR . 86 mins .
MA15+ . PAL
My first draft of this review consisted of the word “blah” repeated 200 times, that’s pretty much how I felt about Out of Reach and having the privilege of reviewing it. However, we’re given the freedom to review titles in any way we see fit here (within certain guidelines of course), so for this review I will stick to the facts and give an objective report on the audio, video and extras available on this particular disc and hopefully avoid a repeat of the blah incident.
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Oops, sorry about that, let’s try this again.
At 53, Stephen Seagal blah blah blah blah
I’m trying, I really am!
Who could forget Erika Eleniak popping out cake semi naked, just in time to be rescued by a swarthy Navy cook with unique knife skills? Hold that thought, it will sustain you as you fight the urge to take the Out of Reach DVD out of your player and snap it in half, with a suitable tough-guy grunt of course.
Steven Seagal plays government agent-turned-survivalist William Lancing from Northern Alaska who works on a wildlife refuge and sponsors a young girl named Irina in the international foster program run by Faisal. Lancing uncovers that the foster program is really a human trafficking operation, disguised as Irina's orphanage, financed by honest and good-intentioned Samaritans.
That's it. If we try to explain the movie any further, you might actually be persuaded to rent it. This reviewer doesn't want to be responsible for the sickly feeling you get when you know that money could have been well spent buying a pair of socks instead and that time spent watching this could have been better used to slide across freshly polished floor boards with said socks.
The extras on this low budget disc consist entirely of 6 Theatrical Trailers for the following other low budget schockers:
Boa vs Python, Half Past Dead, The Punisher, Starship Troopers 2, The Foreigner and Three Way
The audio component of this disc is available in 5.1 English or French. Not a lot of effort has been spent on either of the mixes; a very ordinary presentation only stands out in a couple of places. Bass is underused for the majority of the movie but there is a scene near the end that uses the subwoofer to great effect, if you’re not paying attention you’ll miss it (and after 70 minutes of this garbage if you’re still paying attention, bravo!)
The center channel is used to transport the badly dubbed post-production voice acting as clearly as you’d want it and the surround channels are only effective in a couple of scenes, mainly during gunfights.
The video transfer has many visible and obvious problems, compression artefacts are visible in many places but inexcusable since the disc is only DVD5, why not spend a few extra cents for a DVD9 and use less compression? Grain is very present and annoying especially in dark scenes where the shadows suck all the detail out of the image like Steven Seagal sucks all the emotion out of his dialog.
The props department ran out of black jackets.
On a positive note, the colour balance is generally very good although a little muted in place, especially interior shots.
I wasn’t expecting decent acting or original thought provoking story here, but even for a Steven Seagal flick, this movie is rubbish. Add to that the poor video and audio quality and you’ll only be buying this DVD if you’re a die hard Seagal fan, or you’re short on coasters for the coffee table.