Sexual Predator (Last Cry) (2001)
Trailer-Forbidden Sins; Joe Dirt; Nowhere To Run
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Robert Angelo|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Sexual Predator is a steamy erotic thriller which looks very much like it has been made for American cable television. The storyline in some ways is similar to a Mickey Rourke film from a few years ago called Wild Orchid, but I must admit that the set pieces and locations were a bit more lavish in the aforementioned film. Sexual Predator has the look and feel of being thrown together on a shoestring budget, and whilst definitely not the worst film I have ever seen, it won't be going into my top fifty list either.
The story revolves around J.C. Gale (Richard Grieco), a photographer/artist. Gale considers himself a bit of a Casanova, and likes to try new ways of pleasuring the many lovers he meets through his work. At home one night he is making love to a young woman who asks him to put a scarf around her neck and pull it tighter and tighter until she climaxes. He agrees and the next thing he knows, the young woman has stopped breathing. By the time the ambulance arrives, the young lady is dead. Gale is then found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and is sentenced to a 5 year intensive supervision program in which he has to meet his probation officer two days a week for the next five years. Gale's probation officer, Beth Spinella (Angie Everhart), just happens to be the dead woman's best friend and she is out to prove that Gale is a sexual predator who should be locked away for a long time. She is slowly pulled into his deviant and sexual world, not only threatening her career but also her life.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.
The sharpness of this transfer is not very good at all. Details are not rendered with any clarity and the picture is extremely soft-looking. Shadow detail was adequate with some darker scenes rendering most of the detail intended. Low level noise was also kept to a minimum but considering the age of the film it should be good in this area, and it was.
The colours in this transfer looked very saturated. Skin tones looked a little rich but I believe this was the intended look the filmmakers were after and not really a fault of the transfer.
There were no MPEG artefacts noticed.
This disc is single layered and therefore there is no layer change during the movie.
The audio on this disc was merely average and falls well below reference standard.
There are two audio tracks on this DVD. The one I listened to was the English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. Also present is a German Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.
Dialogue quality was good and was always easy to understand. Audio sync was not a problem.
The musical score was limited to a few rock numbers that were played through the course of the movie - certainly nothing overly memorable.
The surround channel use was very limited. The surrounds were used for only the odd piece of ambience or the occasional musical piece. The soundfield always tended to collapse to the front three channels for most of the movie.
Subwoofer use was also very limited. It, too, was only called upon for the occasional piece of music but was not used for most of the movie.
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NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on a French Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.
The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on a German Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack plus the bonus trailers.
Both versions are very similar so I would stick with the local version of this title.
Sexual Predator, for me, was an average film. The sex scenes are quite erotic and thus the movie is deserving of its R rating. There is also a lot of gratuitous nudity in the movie which some will no doubt enjoy, so if you are down at the local video shop and are after a hot steamy thriller you might want to give this one a try.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-737, using Component output|
|Display||Barco 708mm CRT front projector (line doubled) onto a 2.5m wide 16x9 aspect screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Meridian 568.|
|Amplification||Adcom 555 mk2 x3|
|Speakers||3 Klipsch La-Scala speakers (left, centre and right); 2 Infinity sm122 speakers (rear); 2 Mirage bps 400 subwoofers with 400w built in amps|