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DVD Review: OUT OF REACH

by David Blackwell

Steven Seagal used to have a great movie career in the US. He seemed to make a comeback with EXIT WOUNDS, but soon he ended up in the direct to video market. Some of his earlier movies were great (HARD TO KILL, MARKED FOR DEATH, UNDER SEIGE 2), but his recent efforts like THE FOREIGNER and OUT FOR A KILL had me wondering if I would ever see a Steven Seagal movie that just wasn't horrible.

OUT FOR A KILL is an improvement over THE FOREIGNER and OUT FOR A KILL (which had crappy camera work too). It displays some wonderful Polish locations and architecture. There is even a gun fight in a high class brothel. The direction by Po Chih Leong is smooth. The only thing that makes me wonder is that sometimes Steven Seagal doesn't sound like Steven Seagal like Steven Seagal wasn't available to redubb lines, something was wrong with his voice, or Steven is trying to speak differently. The movie does seem a little short as it clocks in at about 86 minutes with a few things left unanswered (resulting in a semi-weak ending).

Steven Seagal plays William Lansing (aka Billy Ray Lansing) who is a former intelligence operative that goes to Poland to find out what happened to the Polish teenage girl (at an orphanage) he has been corresponding with. He stumbles upon that the orphanage is a front for a human trafficking network being run under the cover of the United Allied Nations and various other foundations. Just sit back and don't dwell too much

VIDEO/AUDIO: The movie is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English 5.1 Dolby digital. There are no other language and no subtitle tracks. The picture is clear and all the colors are good except sometimes the blacks look a little murky.

EXTRAS: There are preview trailers for HALF PAST DEAD, THE FOREIGNER, OUT FOR A KILL, 3 WAY, and BELLY OF THE BEAST.

FINAL ANALYSIS: OUT OF REACH is a better than the average Steven Seagal movie compared to THE FOREIGNER and OUT FOR A KILL. It is a definite rental for Steven Seagal fans and people who want to see the fantastic Polish locations they used.  I am disappointed there are no subtitle or foreign language tracks.   OUT OF REACH is a good way to fill 80 minutes on a rainy day.

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