7 Seconds (2005)

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Released 22-Aug-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action None
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 91:59
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Simon Fellows
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Wesley Snipes
Tamzin Outhwaite
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
French
Italian
Spanish
Greek
Hindi
Portuguese
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This is a direct-to-DVD action film made in Romania as a UK/Romanian/Swiss/US co-production. It is reasonably entertaining and includes some quite well made action scenes, especially the opening sequence. Unfortunately, it soon descends into a plot which is clichéd and at the same time fairly unbelievable. The only thing which really makes this movie worth watching is the presence of Wesley Snipes who has personality and looks at home in his role of disgraced commando Jack Tuliver.

    The story concerns Tuliver's plan to rip off an armoured car security firm which is operating in Romania. He gathers a group of ex-commando colleagues and locals including an employee of the security firm, Cristina Grigora (Georgina Rylance), and pulls off a successful heist. During the robbery, his team steals a case attached to two criminals, which it turns out is owned by a Russian gangster. Before they can actually complete the first job, Tuliver's team are ambushed by a large gang of Russian mafia who kill most of Jack's crew. He manages to escape with the case, however he soon realises that he is in deep trouble. During his escape he saves the life of an off-duty military policewoman from the British military, Sgt Anders (Tamzin Outhwaite, from Eastenders) and then steals her car and gun. In order to prove her innocence she must investigate the crime.

    The story doesn't make a whole lot of sense and is full of incredible coincidences. The general standard of acting is low which makes Wesley look like Olivier. Despite, this the film is quite watchable and includes some competent action scenes and car chases. I can't really recommend it but if you are a Wesley Snipes fan you could do worse.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was excellent. There was occasionally some very light grain. The bitrate was quite high.

    The colour was very good although some scenes seemed a little overbright.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are subtitles in English and English for the hearing impaired along with 6 other languages. The English ones were clear and easy to read.

    The layer change is not noticeable.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains four audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and the same in French, Italian & Spanish.

    Dialogue was OK, however it was quite often lost under the effects or score. Additionally, some of the actors were a little difficult to make out in English, which I would guess was not their native tongue. There was no problem with audio sync.

    The score of this film by Neil Acree is annoying modern doof-doof music.

    The surround speakers were well used during action sequences for squealing tyres, gunfire, explosions and the usual action goodies.

    The subwoofer was also well used for action scenes, especially explosions and the score.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    None, nothing, nada, zilch.

Menu

    The menu was still, silent but did provide the ability to select scenes, languages and subtitles.

R4 vs R1

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

    The differences with Region 1 are quite minor and are as follows:

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

    On this basis you may as well call it a draw.

Summary

    A direct-to-DVD action film starring Wesley Snipes.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The disc has no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, October 10, 2005
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DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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