Steal (Riders) (2002)

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Released 22-Nov-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Menu Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 80:46 (Case: 85)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (54:33) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Gérard Pirès
Studio
Distributor
Arclight Films
Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Stephen Dorff
Natasha Henstridge
Bruce Payne
Steven Berkoff
Clé Bennett
Karen Cliche
Steven McCarthy
Alain Goulem
Andreas Apergis
Tom McCamus
Andy Bradshaw
David Gow
Jamie Orchard
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music Andy Gray


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    OK, let's keep this simple. This movie has some good points:

    It also has some bad points:

    Steal is a Canadian/English/French co-production directed by the director of the original Taxi, Gerard Pires, which was an exciting car chase film. This film involves a gang of four extreme sport aficionados: Slim, the leader (Stephen Dorff), Otis, the non-white one (Cle Bennett), Frank, the geeky one (Steven McCarthy) and Alex, the girl (Karen Cliche, he he he) who decide to rob banks. After a couple of well orchestrated heists they are blackmailed by a shadowy figure into doing more jobs, but this time he gets the loot. They must comply or he will turn them in to the police. Also, the police are on their trail. led by Lt Magrader (played with no skill at all by Bruce Payne) and the beautiful and occasionally gratuitously naked Det Karen Svenson (Natasha Henstridge). Just for good measure, a crazy psycho (Steven Berkoff completely over the top) has been sent after them to recover something they stole in a previous robbery.

    I wasted 80 minutes of my life watching this film - don't make the same mistake as me!

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was some light grain in some scenes. The shadow detail was very good.

    The colour was weird, as everything seemed to have a yellow tint causing the skin tones to look quite jaundiced. I am not sure if this was intentional.

    There were a few instances of minor aliasing such as on car grilles at 16:30 and 33:11. There were no other noticeable artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

    The layer change occurs at 54:33 and caused a noticeable pause.
    

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains two audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was mostly clear and easy to understand, however some characters were trying out some challenging attempts at accents. There was no problem with audio sync.

    The score of this film by Andy Gray was pretty anonymous modern dance and metal.

    The surround speakers added quite a few directional effects, especially to the action scenes.

     The subwoofer was used regularly adding bass to explosions, car crashes and the music.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
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Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

    The menu was simple allowing for scene and language selection.

Behind the Scenes (4:12)

    A very short promotional puff piece straight out of the electronic press kit. Little more than a glorified trailer.

Interviews - Cast & Crew

    A collection of interview snippets in which everyone says how great everyone else is. Boring. Includes:

Theatrical Trailer (2:16)

    Makes the film look better than it is, but not by much.

R4 vs R1

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

    This film has been released in various European countries but not the UK. I have not been able to get any details about what extras are included in the European releases. If you must, Region 4 seems the best option for English-speaking audiences.

Summary

    A very ordinary action film.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The disc has a small selection of extras which are not worth having.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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