Today You Die (2005) (NTSC)
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|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,4||Directed By||Don E. FauntLeRoy|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Anthony 'Treach' Criss
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
The Steven Seagal slide into direct to DVD hell continues. This time he plays a modern day Robin Hood, who steals from assorted Las Vegas drug dealers and gives the money to struggling children's hospitals and other charitable institutions. Now framed for an armed hold-up and sent to a maximum security prison, the Seagal meister must escape and clear his name.
At this stage in the Under Seige veteran's career all hope is lost for a big screen comeback. Seagal puts in an atrocious performance, even for him. I got the impression he was reading from queue cards during his line delivery. The sheer look of disinterest in the aging action icon's performance is pathetic. About the only positive thing that can be said about his effort is at least he showed up for his dubbing sessions, unlike most of his other recent efforts. Director Don E. FauntLeRoy adds nothing to the mix. Tired action set pieces are strewn together with all the imagination and artistic merit of an episode of the A-Team. Today You Die is without merit and should be sentenced to oblivion.
Today You Die is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1:85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced for widescreen viewing.
The transfer is fairly sharp with little in the way of edge enhancement. Black levels are strong with reasonable shadow detail. There are patches of grain scattered amongst the darker elements, however low level noise problems are not apparent.
Colours are natural with no signs of image bleeding.
There are few film or video artefacts present and those that are do not present a problem.
The film has been graced with two Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in English and French.
Dialogue is clear, except when Seagal is mumbling his way through atrociously written dialogue. Audio sync is reasonable, with the standard post ADR changes sticking out.
The film's score is standard C grade fodder with urban hip hop scattered throughout.
Surround channel usage is reasonable. The rear channels offer a number of directional sound effects, and ambient background noise is present throughout.
The subwoofer adds enough bass and reverberation to carry the mediocre soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
All versions currently available appear the same.
Today You Die is for Seagal completists only. The film by itself is beyond redemption and not worth 90 minutes of your time. The disc looks and sounds fine - it's the content that causes concern.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using Component output|
|Display||LG 42" High Definition Plasma with built in High Definition Tuner. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie|