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Lock Up [DVD] [1990]

Sylvester Stallone , Donald Sutherland , John Flynn    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Sonny Landham, Tom Sizemore
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Writers: Henry Rosenbaum, Jeb Stuart, Richard Smith
  • Producers: Adam Simon, Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Danish, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B73J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,228 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The 1980s was the make-and-break decade for Sylvester Stallone's career, and Lock Up typifies the direction he took in his post-Rocky and Rambo days. It's a concept movie in the same mould as Rambo III just before it, and Tango & Cash just after. The hero (Frank Leone) is put in jeopardy (Gateway Prison), establishes a nemesis to defeat (in the shape of Donald Sutherland as Warden Drumgoole), makes a few friendships that can be sacrificed along the way (Tom Sizemore as Dallas) and does what he does in the name of love (Darlanne Flugel as Melissa). The revenge-twisted warden puts him through hell over a shared back-story. The torture ranges from being made to hold his breath in a delousing chamber to sanity-stretching periods in "The Hole". It's all about how far a man can be pushed. But being a Stallone vehicle, it's not all depressing. Composer Bill Conti reunites with the star to put the same sort of heroic fuel behind a prison-yard football game as he did for Rocky. A couple of feel-good songs pep up the love story and a montage of camaraderie in rebuilding a broken-down car. There's a healthy sense of realism achieved by having Sly doing all his own stunts and the use of a real-life prison. If the elements lead to a by-the-numbers conclusion (it's no Shawshank Redemption), remember this was some years before the actor wanted to get serious.

On the DVD: A surprising amount of footage has been assembled in the two behind-the-scenes featurettes: we see Stallone directing his own fight scenes, and how use of New Jersey's Rahway Prison came with 2,500 real inmates to keep under control. Sound bite interviews reveal Stallone's worldly philosophies, then a trailer and gallery of 17 photos round out a decent overall package. --Paul Tonks

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Whilst Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone) is serving time for beating up some thugs, the prison's governor Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland) puts him through a hellish regime. Leone manages to escape and goes to the media to tell his tale of injustice and abuse. He is rewarded by being sent to an 'open' prison to finish his sentence but, six months before his release, he is grabbed in the night, taken to a maximum security prison and reunited with his old enemy...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lock up 9 Sep 2013
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great film, great price if you want to start your Blu-ray collection off, very happy with the price, came on time .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film 30 Jun 2013
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Love stallone in this film,great story line,enjoyed this film no time to get bored,if you like stallone you will love this film,i totally recommend.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Have to say right off that I can't believe the low rating for this one here, because it delivers everything that a Stallone fan would want, if one is loading this into the player then surely they know what to expect?

Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone) only has a few weeks to go before being released from prison, he is no hard core offender, he is a loving man and is ready for a new life with his gorgeous girlfriend Melissa (Darlanne Fluegel). During the night he is whisked away to a maximum security prison on the orders of a sadistic warden out for revenge because Leone was the only man to have ever escaped from his prison, thus setting in motion the wheels of revenge.

We then follow Leone as he is pushed to the limits by crazy warden Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland) and all the sadistic guards under his command. He also enlists the help of resident inmate beefcake Chink Weber (Sonny Landham), and they all in turn try to break Leone at all costs to ensure that he never leaves prison again. There certainly is nothing here that hasn't been done before in the prison film genre, and only an idiot would expect anything other than the ending we get, but this is a Stallone movie and it's full of guts, testo macho action, and it should be noted that Sly here puts some depth to the character of Leone. He garners our sympathy quite quickly, and considering the bloke is built like the proverbial brick outhouse, it's quite an achievement.

The supporting players are a mixed bunch, this is Tom Sizemore's first motion picture and he does really well with the character of Dallas, Sonny Landham is his usual scary menacing self, whilst Frank McRae as Eclipse does just enough right to make his mark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great prision drama by legend stallone 24 Feb 2013
Just good film , very well entertaining stallone kicks ass in is this is gold by stallone and every one will love it its about friendship .
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3.0 out of 5 stars lock up looks much better than the DVD version. 10 Jun 2012
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I am a great fan of this film even tho it wasn't a big cinema hit(i think it was considered a FLOP in 1989)but i still LOVE this film and stallone is on top form in this film!-i love the story and i like the action scenes;i already have this film on DVD and i just had to get it on bluray when i seen it for sale on amazon so cheap(only 5)and i was hoping the picture quality would be much better than the previous DVD version..i was not disapointed one bit,.the picture quality is a vast improvment over the old DVD version,even tho thier was evidence of GRAIN in some of the scenes,but not too badly as to spoil the veiwing..after all,it is an old film now being made in 1989..The bluray features were ok and the same as the dvd special edition and it was good they included them on the bluray release!-if your a Stallone fan then this bluray is for you..i give it 8 out of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars crime dont pay 3 July 2014
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stallone plays a convict finishing off a prison sentence and allowed out for so long a day .upon returning and going to his bunk he is woken by other prison gaurds who move him to a maximum security prison where some of the gaurds are corrupt and waiting for him his old prison warden with a grudge to settle,to do anything he can to break the prisoner so he never leaves prison,this is one of the top best prison movies,i really recommend
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lock Up video 12 Jun 2014
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The video although advertised as like new was a bit shaky when I first watched it , but I changed the video player and it was ok . Only one point , the big hall scene, was shaking a bit
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5.0 out of 5 stars great revenge movie 13 May 2014
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Stallone stars as a small time criminal in a low level prison. He gets transferred to a maximum security prison even though he's a model prisoner and keeping his head down with less than six months before release. An awesome film of friends, family and doing what's right. Not aged at all and with a great, haunting soundtrack this is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well pleased
Published 11 days ago by Glen Britten
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film lots of action
Published 25 days ago by derek johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars lock up dvd
Very good condition for a used copy of the film, would reccomend to friends & family,good value for money thanks
Published 4 months ago by patrick mcmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Lock up
l enjoyed this flim it was good to watch as l dont, watch many Sylvester STALLONE flims l like a good action flim to watch.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Shirley Blackett
5.0 out of 5 stars lock-up
stallone has a few months left of his sentance in a quiet peaceful jail;;but he"s sent to another jail compliments of the warden he got justice for ;for the way the WARDEN... Read more
Published 4 months ago by martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
Superb product, brilliant picture quality, Excellent sound quality, very speedy delivery. Would highly recommend this product to anyone who likes this film.
Published 4 months ago by Chris Willoughby
3.0 out of 5 stars good
stallone doing what stallone does ,thats all i can say really ,the films not that bad im just not a stallone fan ,i only got for my daughter she loved it
Published 6 months ago by Graham k
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality.
I thoroughly enjoy this movie. Definitely one of Sylvester Stallone's best performances. I first saw this at 5 year's old and loved it, watching it now, I still do. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leigh RybakRajewski
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