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An Eye for an Eye (1981)

An Eye for an Eye (1981)

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Released 8-Jun-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1981
Running Time 96:43 (Case: 100)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Steve Carver

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Chuck Norris
Christopher Lee
Richard Roundtree
Matt Clark
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $19.95 Music William Goldstein

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles Dutch Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Before action icons Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal tore up the screen there was Chuck Norris. It’s easy to forget, thanks in no small part to the barely watchable television series Walker: Texas Ranger, that the bearded one was once a top box office draw. From 1979 to 1985 Norris stared in numerous action hits such as Good Guys Wear Black, A Force Of One, The Octagon, Lone Wolf Mcquade, Missing In Action and Code Of Silence. In fact, critics even gave old Chuck decent reviews. In the case of Lone Wolf McQuade and Code Of Silence, some notable reviewers even predicted imminent A-list status. All this would collapse, however, thanks to the talentless producing pair of Golan-Globus who made flop after flop during the 1980’s under the Cannon Group banner. Norris starred in numerous turkeys under Cannon's reign of mediocrity. Films such as The Delta Force, The Hero And The Terror, and Invasion USA turned a profit, but their inept nature and poor quality resulted in Mr Norris being content to release direct to video fodder during the nineties. An Eye For An Eye was released in 1981 and was one of the better films released during Norris' reputable period.

    Norris stars as Sean Kane, an undercover Narcotics officer for the San Francisco Police Department. During an undercover operation, Kane's partner is killed in what appears to be a set up. Linked to this is the murder of his ex-partner's reporter girlfriend (Rosalind Chao), who was investigating a drug smuggling operation involving the Chinese Tong. Resigning from the police, Kane joins forces with the reporter's father (Mako), and sets out to revenge those slain.

    Directed by Steve Carver, who made a name for himself during the early 1970's blaxploitation era, An Eye For An Eye is a well made, if limited, action film in the vein of Dirty Harry. The set pieces are well staged, with Chuck Norris displaying his martial arts prowess to best effect. The climactic shoot-out at the villain's mansion is a cracker, with faceless henchman getting their just deserts in a flurry of bloody squibs and bone cracking fist fights. Norris does his mono-syllabic best as the vigilante cop Kane, and is well supported by the always excellent Mako (Conan The Barbarian), Richard Roundtree (Shaft) as the police chief, and the great Christopher Lee as the evil drug kingpin. An Eye For An Eye as a film knows its limitations and plays to its strengths. The story is clichéd, and the acting passable, but with a high body count and an abundance of energy the film delivers plenty of B-grade thrills. So if you are in the mood for a cheesy yet well made exploitation revenge flick, slip on this early Chuck number - you won't be disappointed.

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Transfer Quality


    An Eye For An Eye is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1:85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced for widescreen viewers.

    Considering the age and budget label release status of this DVD, the transfer is in fact relatively sharp. There are a few spots of aliasing, mostly whenever the Golden Gate Bridge is in focus, but these are passable. There is adequate shadow detail with solid blacks and a minimum of grain. However, the majority of night sequences have slight low level noise interference, but nothing overly distracting.

    Colours are washed out but remain natural. They also showcase some absolutely dreadful fashion ensembles that for those my age will bring back some horrendous memories.

    There is a fair amount of dirt and other artefacts present in the transfer, but they are mostly minor flecks and don't annoy all that much.

    For the low price tag this transfer is very acceptable.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The film has been given a solitary Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack in English.

    Dialogue is clear and maintains a constant level during action sequences. There are several audio sync errors, but they are ADR changes to some of the foreign extras who were no doubt English challenged.

    The film's music is cheesy and sounds like it belongs in an episode of the A-Team, however it does tend to fit the film.

    Surround channel usage is minimal. There are a number of welcome directional effects, especially during automatic gun fire, but on the whole it is a mostly constant display of front speaker work.

    The subwoofer adds the required bass to the on-screen action.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


Main Menu Introduction

Main Menu Audio & Animation

    Clips of the film accompanied by the cheesy score.

Scene Selection Animation & Audio

    Animated menus are always a nice touch. Simple and easy to manage.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 1 version misses out on an anamorphic 1:85:1 transfer - it is a pan & scan presentation only.

    The Region 4 disc misses out on a pan and scan version.

    Clearly our disc is the one of choice.


    An Eye For An Eye is a non-taxing 90 minutes of early, quite violent 80s action fun. The disc has a decent transfer with no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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