Today You Die (2005) (NTSC)

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Released 20-Dec-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Trailer-Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, The Marksman, Submerged
Trailer-Into The Sun, Kung Fu Hustle, Layer Cake
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 90
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,4 Directed By Don E. FauntLeRoy
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Steven Seagal
Anthony 'Treach' Criss
Mari Morrow
Lawrence Turner
Nick Mancuso
Jerry Trimble
Robert Miano
Kevin Tighe
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Stephen Edwards
Tom Erba
Scott Marcussen


Video (NTSC) Audio
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
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
Spanish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

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Audio

    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.

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Extras

Trailers for

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, The Marksman, Submerged Into The Sun, Kung Fu Hustle, Layer Cake

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

   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.

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Sunday, June 04, 2006
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DisplayLG 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 DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
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