Ticker (2001)

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Released 2-Aug-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 88:07 (Case: 90)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Albert Pyun
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Steven Seagal
Dennis Hopper
Tom Sizemore
Ice T
Case ?
RPI $34.95 Music Serge Colbert


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
Dutch
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Steven Seagal would have to be one of those actors that you either love or hate. Personally, I class myself as someone that finds enjoyment in his films and I enjoy watching him literally kick the living daylights out of the bad guys. Unfortunately, the action in this particular film rarely gets off the ground and quite often leaves you wondering why these actors are even starring in such a lame action show.

    The story is about Nettles (Tom Sizemore), an LAPD "vice" cop that is currently on probation. Nettles and his partner stumble on a plot to blow up several public places and his partner is killed by one of the bombs. Naturally, this upsets Nettles and he almost takes on a personal vendetta to hunt down the killers who are led by Swan (Dennis Hopper). The poor accents used by the killers are at least some form of entertainment as they change between American and Irish accents.

    The bomb squad team is led by Glass (Steven Seagal), who plays the cool cop with all the answers. He, together with Nettles, embarks on a crusade to bring the terrorists to justice. But will they succeed?

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This transfer is of surprisingly good quality and suffered from very few flaws, although it is not of reference quality.

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

    This particular transfer is quite clear and sharp with quite a lot of detail present in every scene. The shadow detail is also good, with a large amount of detail revealed in the murky lighting of the night-time scenes. There is no detectable low level noise.

    The colours were deliberately drab, mainly because Hollywood cops never appear to wear anything other than grey or brown clothing. There were no irregularities with the colour rendition of this transfer - just don't expect any splashes of bright, primary colours, since there really aren't too many.

    There was only one MPEG artefact that was seen which occurred at 46:07. Aliasing is very rare and very mild when it does occur. Film artefacts were more common, but are small and not distracting at all.

    The English subtitles were close to the spoken word and contained Hearing Impaired prompts. I did not view the Dutch subtitles which are also included.

    This disc is a single layered, so there is no layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio transfer did not receive the same attention to detail as the video portion of the disc did.

    There is only a single audio track on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 2.0, which of course is the track I listened to.

    The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times.

    At around 30:41, the audio was out of sync with the on-screen action. Other than that one particular section, there were no other sync problems with the transfer.

    The musical score by Serge Colbert was often as flat as the movie itself. Personally, I felt that more thought could have gone into picking more appropriate pieces to match the on-screen action scenes. The volume levels did not drown out the dialogue at any point during the movie.

    The surround channels were rarely used for ambience, music or for special effects. Keep in mind that this is a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, so the surround use was limited to an echo of the front speakers during explosions and for music. At 21:39, there was some good synergy between the surround use and the on-screen action. More sections like this would have make this audio easier to listen to, but most were too loud and unnatural like at 41:20.

    The subwoofer was rarely active but one good example can be heard at 50:25.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    As this movie is a rental disc, there are no extras other than the theatrical trailer.

Menu

    The menu design is themed around the movie. It is 16x9 enhanced. The main menu features a still clip from the movie and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded audio. The choice of colours to navigate the menu made it very difficult to know which option was actually highlighted. At times it was a hit and miss when selecting options from the menu. This was made more frustrating on menus that only contained 2 choices. The addition of an asterisk or an icon next to the currently highlighted option would have made things a lot easier.

Theatrical Trailer

    This is of similar quality to the movie and is presented with Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded sound.

R4 vs R1

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

    Details for the R1 version of this title are sketchy and conflicting. It is due out on 13th November 2001, and would appear to have Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, a Theatrical Trailer and Cast & Crew Biographies. The inclusion of 5.1 audio as well as the ability to purchase this DVD would sway preference towards the R1 version for now, pending the release of a sell-through version in R4 in the future.

Summary

    Ticker was a movie that had Steven Seagal rarely using his martial arts prowess and personally I felt ripped off as a result. Average performances from the cast didn't help matters.

    The video quality was quite good and there were no real problems.

    The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio left the sound rather flat.

    If you have nothing better to do and want to run down to the video shop for a no-brainer type of movie, then this is worth considering.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Peter Mellor (read my bio)
Sunday, November 04, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer XV-DV55, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe 72cm. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer XV-DV55
SpeakersPioneer S-DV55ST-K Satellite wall mouted 5-Speaker System; Pioneer S-DV55SW-K Powered Subwoofer

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