Eye for an Eye (1996)

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Released 4-Sep-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller None
Rating ?
Year Of Production 1996
Running Time 97:07
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (54:24) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Programme
Region Coding 4 Directed By John Schlesinger
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Sally Field
Kiefer Sutherland
Ed Harris
Case ?
RPI $24.95 Music James Newton Howard


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
German
Swedish
Danish
Norwegian
Finnish
Dutch
Bulgarian
Icelandic
Hungarian
Turkish
Arabic
Romanian
Polish
Czech
French
Portuguese
Hebrew
Greek
Croatian
Italian
Spanish
Slovenian
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Eye For An Eye is a well-crafted, suspenseful, vigilante-revenge movie on a decent DVD.

    Directed by John Schlesinger, and based on the novel by Erika Holzer, Eye For An Eye is set in the suburbs of Middle-America. Following the brutal rape and murder of her daughter, an outraged and indignant mother (Sally Field) plots revenge when the scum-bag responsible (Kiefer Sutherland) is allowed to walk free due to a legal technicality.

    Vigilante-revenge movies, such as Eye For An Eye, Death Wish, and Dirty Harry provide a cinematic catharsis and find a ready audience. An audience who believe that the law fails to match public morality, and an audience that has grown cynical and disillusioned with a justice system that is seemingly obsessed with the rights of criminals as opposed to the rights of the victims and their families.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    I found the transfer to be a little hazy at times, but generally it is okay.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness is reasonable, but the shadow detail is poor. For example, consider the complete lack of shadow detail at 3:43 and 64:34.

    The colour appears to be a tad under-saturated, and it is often a little dark as well.

    The image suffers from some pixelization throughout, and some mild posterization occasionally, but I found neither distracting. In regard to film-to-video artefacts, aliasing appears as a slight shimmer at times, but again it was not distracting. Film artefacts appear throughout, but they are mostly small.

    There are 24 sets of subtitles present, and the English ones are simplified, but accurate.

    This is a RSDL disc, with the layer change placed between scenes, at 54:24.

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Audio

    There are five Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks on this DVD: English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German.

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are fine.

    The musical score is credited to James Newton Howard, and it is ominous, creepy, and very effective.

    I'm guessing that this movie was originally released in stereo, as it remains very front-heavy. That said, the surround presence and activity takes the form of ambience, such as the traffic sounds at 4:44.

    The subwoofer is used very effectively to support both the score, and the sound effects.

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Extras

    There are no extras.

Menu

    A very simple menu, it is static and silent.

R4 vs R1

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

    Eye For An Eye was released on DVD in Region 1 in April 2002.

    The Region 4 DVD misses out on:

    The Region 1 DVD misses out on: 

    It's pretty even, but I would favour the local release for its affordability, and most importantly, its superior PAL image.

Summary

    Eye For An Eye is an enjoyable and well-made movie, and it is well worth renting if you haven't already seen it.

    The video quality is slightly disappointing but still very watchable.

    The audio quality is very good albeit quite front-heavy.

    There are no extras.

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Thursday, October 31, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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