on 1 July 2014
TANGO AND CASH  [Blu-ray] Two of L.A.’s Cops Are Going To Have To Work Together . . . Even If It Kills Them!
Ray Tango [Sylvester Stallone] and Gabe Cash [Kurt Russell] are rival L.A. policemen with one thing in common: each thinks he is the best. Team them and they're like oil and water. But frame them for a crime and they're like a match and kerosene. Unjustly jailed among lowlifes they put behind bars, the two stages a prison breakout that's a breathless rush of weapons and wisecracks then roar after the shadowy crime lord [Jack Palance] who set them up. Tango & Cash are out to clear their names. Join them and feel the rush.
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance, Brion James, James Hong, Marc Alaimo, Philip Tan, Michael J. Pollard, Robert Z'Dar, Lewis Arquette, Edward Bunker, Leslie Morris, Roy Brocksmith, Susan Krebs, David Byrd, Richard Fancy, Jerry Martinez, Michael Jeter, Bing Russell, Alphonse Walter, Peter Stensland, Phil Rubenstein, Elizabeth Sung, Clint Howard, Ed DeFusco, Jack Goode Jr., Geoff Vanderstock, Larry Humburger, Mark Wood, Andre Rosey Brown, Saveliy Kramarov, Michael Francis Clarke, Anne Cooper, Tammy Richardson, Patti Davis, Richard L. Duran, Doug Ford, Kenneth Pruitt, Ronald Moss, Richard Dominguez, Dale Swann, John Walter Davis, Salvador Espinoza, Christopher Wolf, Larry White, Richard J. Larson, Fred Trombley, Matt Tufo, Billy Blanks (uncredited), Cibby Danyla (uncredited), Richard Hale (uncredited), Geoffrey Lewis (uncredited), Ari Ross (uncredited), Rodney Saulsberry (uncredited) and Benny Urquidez (uncredited)
Directors: Andrei Konchalovsky and Albert Magnoli
Producers: Barbara Kalish, Jon Peters, Larry J. Franco, Peter Guber, Peter MacDonald and Tony Munafo
Screenplay: Randy Feldman
Composer: Harold Faltermeyer
Cinematography: Donald E. Thorin
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, German: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Italian: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Russian: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital [Both Castilian 5.1 and Latin 2.0]
Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish
Running Time: 104 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: 'Tango & Cash' may not have set the box office on fire or won over critics when it hit theatres in 1989, but it's justifiably earned itself a pretty decent cult following over the last two decades and for good reason. Few films of the era represent the 'big' action film as well as this one, and that's saying something when you consider the competition that this picture has running against it. Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, 'Tango & Cash' might be built around a series of longstanding action film clichés more than it is around anything even remotely resembling an original plot, but it doesn't matter, this is pure action film fun in the truest and best sense possible.
The film follows a Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officer named Lt. Raymond Tango [Sylvester Stallone] who's got a penchant for slick wardrobe and investment banking and another LAPD narc named Lt. Gabriel Cash [Kurt Russell] who is pretty much his exact opposite with his torn jeans and messy hair. These two are like oil and water, they just don't mix well and despite a common interest, they don't really get along. That said, they're also the two best cops in the department, which brings them unwanted attention from a drug lord named Yves Perret [Jack Palance] who decides to get rid of these thorns in his side by framing them for the murder of an undercover federal agent.
Yves Perret's plan works and before you know it, Lt. Raymond Tango and Lt. Gabriel Cash are in some pretty deep trouble. Yves Perret, who plans to have the cop's murdered while in prison, has another thing coming, however as Lt. Raymond Tango and Lt. Gabriel Cash accept a plea bargain and wind up in a minimum security facility. Yves Perret's got connections, however, and he soon has them transferred to a maximum security pen where his thugs lay the screws to our two heroes. With their lives in danger and wanting to clear their names, Lt. Raymond Tango and Lt. Gabriel Cash form an unlikely alliance and decide to bust out of the big house and set things right. Complicating matters further, however, is the presence of Tango's foxy younger sister, Katherine 'Kiki' Tango [Teri Hatcher], who soon becomes the apple of Lt. Gabriel Cash's eye.
Big, dumb and loud, 'Tango & Cash' is a literal blast of a film that lets Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell use their considerable screen presence to play off of one another. A typical 'buddy cop' movie in a lot of ways, it isn't a film that's high on originality but it is a picture that somehow manages to get a lot of mileage out of pretty much every action film cliché you would care to name. That said, there's half the fun of the film right there, and the clichés tend to become so fun that you more or less become immune to it.
Of course, in and amongst all the shoot outs, fights, explosions and chases are the two leading men, veritable titans of eighties action cinema, both of whom bring their best to the picture. Sylvester Stallone may not be the first guy who comes to mind when you think 'sophisticated financial type with fancy suits' but he fits the part quite well here and brings just the right amount of snobbish attitude to his Lt. Raymond Tango to make it work. Kurt Russell, on the other hand, excels at playing lower class ruffian types and he was great when he did it in 'Big Trouble in Little China' and he's great when he does it here, this is one of those roles that the actor was born to play and he really does a fine job of it. The pair work well together and have a very infectious chemistry in this film that winds up sucking you in whether you want it to or not. Casting the great Jack Palance as the heavy compliments things quite perfectly, as he delivers exactly the type of performance you'd want out of him, he is sly, sneaky, and sinister, while a young Teri Hatcher provides some welcome eye candy, preventing the film from becoming a complete and utter sausage fest.
Non-stop violence, witty back and forth banter, and nasty bad guys might not be hard to come by in action film territory but rarely do they add up to as good a time at the films as they do with Tango & Cash. If ever there was a film that really did require you to completely turn off your brain, only to reward you with thrills, chills, laughs and action galore this is it.
Blu-ray Video Quality – 'Tango & Cash' looks very impressive in this 2.40.1 awesome encoded 1080p anamorphic widescreen transfer. Contrast looks spot on and detail is noticeably better than the DVD Standard release and pretty much instantly in both close up shots as well as long distance and medium shots. Explosions look nice and bright without ever bleeding while dark scenes are inky and deep with great shadow detail that never overwhelms the more subtle tones hiding within. Whites are warm and hot without ever feeling over baked while reds are strong and don't leak or bleed at all. There is some minor edge enhancement that you might notice if you're really looking for it as well as a bit of background noise evident in some lighter scenes, but these are minor complaints against what is otherwise a very strong effort on the part of Warner Bros.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Warner Home Video has supplied a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD Surround Mix and a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound mix as well as optional subtitles. As far as the quality of the audio is concerned, obviously the 5.1 TrueHD mix gets the edge in terms of punch and clarity but both tracks suffer from a predominantly front heavy mix. Rears spring to life only occasionally, intermittently throwing in some sound effects during the rain storm and playing with the score a bit. The explosions, shoot outs and action scenes that you would hope to be bombarded with from all channels really only ever truly hits from the front speakers. The end result is a bit disappointing in that it could have been more enveloping than it is, but that said, there's nothing to complain about here in terms of clarity of quality. Dialogue is easy enough to understand at any given point in the film, bass response is alright even if it could have been a little more forceful, and the levels are properly balanced and the mix is just right.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Theatrical Trailer  [1:22] The only extra included on this disc, aside from the mandatory menu and chapter selection sub-menu, is a fun theatrical trailer that surprisingly enough includes some brief moments that were not actually used in the finished version of the film. Aside from that, however, this release is pretty much barebones.
Finally, ‘Tango & Cash’ is an exciting, well-made, and nicely-acted thrill ride that's one of the 1980s most notable Action/Buddy Cop films. Enjoying an exemplary sense of humour that's the perfect complement to the picture's high-energy action scenes, amazing chemistry between its leads, and a superb score that's light and catchy but also a fine compliment to the bullets and explosions, ‘Tango & Cash’ retains every bit of its appeal with each viewing, and for the most part, refuses to acknowledge its age with the passage of time. Warner Home Video Blu-ray release is just fine where it counts, but the disc is a total disappointment in the nearly complete absence of extra content. Nevertheless, the film has never looked or sounded so good for home consumption, and fans will be more than satisfied with the upgrade presented over the standard inferior NTSC DVD. Recommended for fans of these two dynamic duo actors and what a shame they did not do a follow up film, as they really worked well together. That is why I have always been a big fan of this awesome film and I have especially loved the shower scene, where Sylvester Stallone thinks Kurt Russell is going to sexually assault him and Kurt Russell states, "Don't Flatter Yourself," which I think is the most classic quip ever heard in a film and again I am honoured to add this classic brilliant action packed film to my Blu-ray Collection, which really is a massive improvement over the inferior NTSC DVD Release and you will enrich your Blu-ray Collection in purchase this disc. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
on 15 January 2014
Ray Tango and Gabe Cash are two L.A. based cops who work in different precincts. They have seized millions of dollars of drugs and weapons that belong to Perret.
Realising that they have to be dealt with, Perret frames them. Sensing that the evidence against them is too overwhelming, their lawyers advise them to take a plea bargain, on the guarantee that they would be sent to a minimum security prison.
But Perret arranges for them to be sent to a hell hole and it's there that he plans to have them killed and make it appear that one of the men they sent there killed them.
One of the prison's officials, who is an old friend of Cash, tells them that they have to escape, which they do.
They then go out and try and find the man who framed them....
This is one of those movies that, if you saw it at the right age, it would stand the test of time, and still be as good as the first time you saw it.
I was thirteen when I first saw this, and it never gets boring, but one thing I have learnt in the twenty four years since its release, it's not a serious film, and it nearly verges on parody.
Russell upstages Stallone in this, and whilst both are very good, Russell's character is the most fun and interesting. He's the Riggs to Stallones Murtaugh, and this hereby lies the main problem, you cannot see this film without comparing it to Lethal Weapon, why, Russell and Gibson have the same wardrobe and haircut.
The action is good, and way over the top, and Palance is as pantomime as he was in Batman, but thankfully he's not in it that much to make it too hammy.
James has a ball as the awful cockney villain, and its your typical Summer movie, albeit released at the wrong time of the year.
If you see this film with Last Action Hero, and even Loaded Weapon 1 in mind, rather than Lethal Weapon, you will enjoy it more.
The true essence of a guilty pleasure, which really deserved a sequel.
Ah the 80's - what a time it was, and remember those great buddy cop movies? Well, if you liked those, you're going to be rather smitten with Tango and Cash, a cop duo who share the same goal, to rid LA of a rather annoying Perret, who takes in riddles and just generally annoys the boys.
Tango and Cash and well known in the state, and are well rewarded for their heroics to stop drug deals, and other crimes. When they annoy Yves - they didn't expect their whole world to be turned on it's side, and their lives to be in such danger. Tango is more lavish, loves his suits and playing the stock market, where as Cash is a fighter and doesn't really care for people who waste his time.
I love the camaraderie in this movie, even though they don't like each other, they find it in themselves to collaborate for the good of the city. I also though Terri Hacher's role as Katherine was a great start to her career, and the typical 80s styling of this movie made it fun. The jokes and dialogue between the pair is classic cop stuff, and reminds you of the good days of Glover/Gibson in Lethal Weapon.
This Blu-Ray is pretty good, you get a decent DTS HD audio track, and the video is pretty clear for it's age. The video is AVC and runs at a steady 20MB/s, which isn't too bad. There are no visible problems with the video quality - though some might find the grain annoying, it's actually because of the film, rather than the transfer. There are tons of subtitles on this too.
I'm not impressed with the extras, all they offer is the trailer, so this is definitely more for the die hard fan than the passer by. Personally I was hoping the 20th anniversary edition would have some interviews and other bits and bobs, but no. At least this is better than the DVD or even VHS - and that's a good start.
Personally I would recommend you rent this, as I don't think I will be coming back to it for a while, as the outcome is rather memorable. Worth getting if you really love this film though - and if you've never seen the uncut edition you'll probably by dying to see this.