Belly of the Beast (2003) (NTSC)

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Released 23-Feb-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-The Foreigner, Out For A Kill, Returner
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 88:07
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,4 Directed By Siu-Tung Ching
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Steven Seagal
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music None Given


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/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

   Jake Hopper is a former CIA agent who has been out of action for over ten years. His daughter Jessica is kidnapped while on a trip to Thailand by a rebellious group known as the Abu Kafar, led by the enigmatic `Mongkol'. Jake learns of the news and decides he must go to Thailand to rescue his daughter. Meanwhile, the CIA send their top man, Leon Washington, to Thailand to make sure Jake doesn’t cause any trouble. Leon is about to learn the hard way never to mess with Jake Hopper's family.

    Belly of The Beast is another nail in the coffin of what's left of Steven Seagal's career. Sporting a serious weight problem and more stunt doubles than the entire cast of Ben-Hur, the once mighty action icon is painful to watch. His line delivery is appalling (when he actually decides to deliver his own dialogue that is), and his once breathtaking Akido moves are slow and laboured. Well, what about the story you might ask? 'What story?' would be my answer. Basically, the narrative only exists to string together clichéd set pieces that barely serve a purpose other than to add carnage to proceedings. Continuity is an afterthought. Scenes, clothing, and dialogue all change with no logical explanation. In fact, I am hard-pressed to find any redeeming features of this cinematic offal other than a very short running time. Let's give thanks for small mercies.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Belly of The Beast is presented in an aspect ratio of 1:85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced for widescreen viewing.

   A reasonably sharp transfer is supported by strong black levels and very little grain.

    Colours are natural with no image bleeding.

    As expected for a new film there are barely any film or video artefacts apparent.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    As problematic as the actual film is, thankfully the audio track is more than acceptable. The film has been given three 5.1 audio tracks in English, Spanish and French.

    Dialogue is clear, but audio sync is all over the map. The reason for this is simply ADR. It appears that at least a third of the dialogue has been altered in post production and it shows. Parts of the film look like a bad dub job from the early eighties.

    The film's score is non-descript and thankfully disappears into the background.

    Surround channel usage is quite strong. Rear channels are well balanced and aggressive. Directional effects and ambient noise are consistently used throughout the film.

    The subwoofer contributes strong bass and reverberation levels.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Theatrical Trailers

    The Foreigner, Out For A Kill, Returner

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 are the same.

Summary

    I am hard-pressed to find any redeeming qualities in Belly Of The Beast. Steven Seagal appears to have lost all interest in making decent films, so why should his fan base feel any different, particularly considering the quality of the work.

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using Component output
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
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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