Alien Lockdown (2004)

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Released 20-Nov-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Menu Animation
Trailer-Larva, Clive Barker's The Plague, The Woods, The Alibi,
Trailer-16 Blocks
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 88:01
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Tim Cox
Studio
Distributor
SONY Pictures
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring James Marshall
Michelle Goh
John Savage
Martin Kove
Stanislav Dimitrov
Nathan Perez
T.M. Van Ostrand
Atanas Srebrev
David Kallaway
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music John Dickson


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    In a secret underground government laboratory, a mad scientist (John Savage) uses an alien rock to combine 100 different strands of predator DNA to make a monster that then gets loose and kills most of the lab personnel. A military team lead by the assassin Talon (Michelle Goh) is sent in by a high ranking official (Martin Kove) to kill the beast and "clean up" anything left behind.

    Genre fans have seen this plot a hundred times before, so surprises are few and far between. Take one part Alien, one part Predator and a smattering of Stargate crossed with Doom and you get 90 minutes of dull, cheap looking sci-fi bursting with every cliché known to man. Director Tim Cox is unable to provide us with anything resembling passable action or solid atmosphere and the CGI effects border on Early Nintendo quality. As for our cast, they appear as uninterested as the production crew. Michelle Goh, John Savage and Martin Kove sleepwalk through their roles with wooden efficiency. Overall, Alien Lockdown is a mess and devoid of any redeeming qualities.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Alien Lockdown is presented Full Frame in approximately the ratio of 1:33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced for widescreen display devices.

    Sharpness levels were fairly strong, and I didn't notice any aliasing, edge enhancement or halo effects.

    Shadow detail was reasonable except in a few areas where the transfer was too dark to see an image clearly. Low Level Noise was thankfully absent, however there was slight grain found throughout the transfer, but nothing distracting.

    Colours were given a green hue, but remained natural and consistent.

    There were very few film or video artefacts found in the transfer.

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Audio

    Alien Lockdown has been given a solitary English 2.0 Dolby Digital surround track.

    Dialogue is mostly clear, but does drop out on occasion with what appears to be post ADR tampering. This also accounts for Audio Sync anomalies scattered throughout the transfer.

    The film's Music is standard direct to DVD orchestral rumblings, but thankfully not overly intrusive or overbearing.

    Surround Channel Usage is minimal at best. There is ambient noise located in the rear channels, but directional effects are thunderous in their absence.

    The Subwoofer is weak and required stronger bass and reverberation levels to support the few action sequences found in the film.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu Animation

Trailers

    Larva, Clive Barker's The Plague, The Woods, The Alibi, and 16 Blocks.

R4 vs R1

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

    The R4 version is full frame.

    The R1 version is anamorphic widescreen presented in 1:77:1.

    R1 is the winner for the 16x9 presentation.

Summary

   Alien Lockdown is a mess of a film and is a textbook example of what is wrong with a lot of direct to DVD productions. The transfer found on the disc is sub-par with zero extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Wednesday, November 08, 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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