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Marked for Death [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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A former drug agent and his old Army buddy exterminate a so-called Jamaican drug posse.
The glowering brutality that is aikido head-banger Steven Seagal's substitute for a star persona at least gives us a rancid taste of authenticity in Marked for Death, a cookie-cutter action picture. This glum lug seems really to enjoy hurting people; he snaps limbs and shatters noses with visible relish. Pitted against a gang of Jamaican gangsters who invade his (white ethnic) Chicago neighbourhood and threaten his family, retired DEA agent John Hatcher sets out to solve the case with robotic efficiency, kicking butt in just about every scene. Not quite as pudgy in this 1990 outing as he became a few films later, Seagal looks like the genuine, lethal article in the fight sequences but like a hopeless amateur when he tries to act his way out of the waterlogged-paper-bag of a script. So what else is new? The one bright spot here is Basil Wallace, a mostly unsung actor who throws himself into the showy role of the Rasta gang-boss Screwface, a garishly scarred psycho with piercing ice-blue eyes. --David Chute, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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This movie was, and still is the aces. From director Dwight ('Halloween 4', 'Rapid Fire') Little's fluid direction that leaves no action cliche pass by to Michael Grais & Mark Victor's stupidly vibrant screenplay - the whole endeavor is an action fan's dream come true: The Lord is on fine form and commands the screen with enough macho vitriol to make John Wayne wee his leathery trousers, ably supported by an expletive spouting Keith David who could earn himself his own spin off - even the supporting players manage to keep one's attention. This ones got it all and sits only second place to The Lord's peerless 'Out for Justice' in the so awesome it will probably hurt stakes.
Fox's UK Blu-Ray release sports a pretty jazzy (yeah, I just wrote jazzy) transfer with vibrant audio - which ticks my particular boxes as each punch and gunshot is suitably loud and tingly! This is a solid 4-star movie with The Lord at the height of his pony-tailed powers - they really don't make 'em like this anymore. Don't bother renting - go straight to buy.
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