Lock Up (1989)
|Category||Drama||Trailer-xXx; Vertical Limit|
|Year Of Production||1989|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||John Flynn|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
However, he is transferred from his current minimum security prison to the hell of a maximum security prison run by warden Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland) who holds a serious grudge against him. Drumgoole is out to pay back Frank for a past incident, and attempts anything and everything to hurt and provoke Frank into either killing or attempting to escape.
I actually found this movie to be quite enjoyable, with many tense and exciting moments. It also has its share of feel-good moments, as are required in any prison movie that shows the bonding between the inmates. The character of Drumgoole, however, seemed a little over-the-top, and it is hard to believe that someone would go to such measures to pay someone back for a past embarrassing incident. I actually thought that Stallone performed fairly well, and Lock Up is certainly better than the later Rocky and Rambo movies.
The sharpness level varies during the movie, but for the most part it is acceptable, with some moments where the sharpness is excellent. There is some grain present throughout the movie, but is not bad for a movie of this age. The black level, however, is not particularly good. There are quite a number of scenes during the night and in dark areas, and many of these appear greyish in nature. Some low level noise contributes to the poor look during darker scenes and shadow detail is also lacking.
Colour is fairly natural throughout the movie with accurate skin tones. The movie has a rather bleak colour scheme with lots of depressing browns and greys, but this is probably intentional to convey the bleakness of the prison location of the movie. In fact, other colours, such as the red beanies of some of the prisoners, appear surprisingly bright against such a dull backdrop.
Film artefacts such as black and white specks are minimal, with only one or two instances where I was distracted by them. I was pleasantly surprised to find no discernible instances of aliasing or edge enhancement during the movie.
English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, and Portuguese subtitles are provided (has anyone actually done a survey to see if anyone out there actually uses these subtitles?). I had a look at the English subtitles and there were many occasions when they were shortened versions of what was actually being said, and one or two occasions when no subtitles were displayed for on-screen dialogue.
This is a single layered disc, and therefore it has no layer change.
Dialogue is clear (apart from the difficulty, at times, in understanding Sly) with no discernible audio synchronisation problems. I must say that I quite liked the music score by Bill Conti, with the quiet introductory theme in the opening credits being my favourite. The themes during the tense scenes suited them well, providing an extra sense of urgency.
Some sound effects during the movie, such as many of the punching noises, sounded rather hollow and did not provide the impact that I assume would have been desired from these scenes. However, this is most likely due to the source material and is not a fault of the transfer itself.
Surround activity was limited, although on a number of occasions the surrounds would spring to life with ambient noise such as the rain at 38:40, and the music score at 41:19. It would have been nice to see more surround activity to reflect the loud nature of the prison inmates and some of the action scenes.
The subwoofer did not appear to have all that much to do during the movie. It did come to life on a small number of occasions to support the action scenes, but for the most part was inactive.
|Surround Channel Use|
The video and audio quality for the xXx trailer is excellent. The video is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, is 16x9 enhanced, and is crisp and highly detailed. This is coupled with sensational and continuous surround activity. The subwoofer also gets a serious workout with the large number of stunts and explosions depicted. This is what a modern trailer should be.
The video quality of the Vertical Limit trailer is not up to the standard of the xXx trailer, with a few film artefacts popping up. However the audio is just as good. The video is also presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
I found Lock Up to be quite an enjoyable movie, although it is hard to believe that a prison warden could have that much power and be that sadistic. The movie certainly has its exciting and tense moments, and the feel-good ending will make sure almost anyone watching the movie will go away with a smile.
The video quality is quite good for a movie of this age, and sometimes surprises in its clarity. Of course, it is much better than the old VHS copy that I bought at a second hand store.
The audio is satisfactory, but could have been better.
The extras have nothing to do with the movie itself, but they are presented with excellent video and audio quality.
|DVD||Onkyo DV-SP500, using Component output|
|Display||RK-32HDP81. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Onkyo TX-SR600 with DD/DD-EX/DTS/DTS-ES matrix and discrete.|
|Speakers||Kef KHT 2005 5.1 Home Theatre System|