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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Sonny Landham, Frank McRae
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Charles Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ49C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,847 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By clare hickman on 9 Sept. 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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first of all i have to confess i am a stallone fan,which doesn't prevent me from being objective when i say that"lock up" is one of the best action flicks of these period(late 80's)that i used to watch after school with pals and chocolate bars.it's kind of rocky in prison,sly is perfect as franck leone, a hearty streetguy harrassed by a devilish warden(sutherland doesn't play the character,he is the character!);which makes me think if you like prison flicks one of the essential ingredients of this genre are supporting characters and in "lock up" they are bloody good !(john amos,tom sizemore,franck mcrae),lock up is simply a good prison flick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina Flintoff on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By juliedilworth on 24 Feb. 2013
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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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By D.W.hattermann on 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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By Jay on 13 May 2007
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A Stallone movie that is better than you think. Stallone is a short timer in the pen and is transfered to a more secure prison. There he is harassed and tortured by the revenge seeking warden(Donald Sutherland). The part was of course molded for Mr. Stallone, but on the other hand the accomplished Mr. Sutherland is more bland and boring than fearsome.
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By martin on 8 April 2014
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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 TREATED PRISONERS IN HIS OLDER JAIL;;;frank is set-up by this warden;but does everything he can to claer his name;;with violent consiquences...!10/10
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