Excerpt: Kurt Russell has had a long career starring in Disney films when he was a kid and making the transition to adult roles and ones to be taken seriously when he became Snake Plissken. His box office has always been up & down. This '98 offering is not classic Russell nor does it rank high in his filmography, but it does serve the purpose as a lazy afternoon filling.
Excerpt: Simple story, fast pace, minimal dialogue, kick-ass action, very entertaining. PQ: Very nice transfer, miles above the DVD, but not quite the detail you'd get on a recent production obviously. AQ: Uneven. I was not impressed with the first half of the movie. Sound effects felt suppressed with no punch. But as the action moves to Arcadia, LFE becomes alive, gunfire, wind and explosions deliver on all channels.
Excellent PQ and AQ - modest but worthwhile extras
2 January 2013
Excerpt: I was extremely pleased with the PQ on this title, which was a major upgrade from the previous DVD release, and looked remarkable projected at 100 inches. Fine detail was exceptional (amazing detail in faces, clothing, weapons, town buildings etc) and colors were beautifully rendered. I didn't notice any edge enhancement and if there was any DNR present, it never caught my attention.
Excerpt: Given the lack of respect this movie has been given, I'll have to call this movie a guilty pleasure. But in fact, I shouldn't feel guilty about liking this movie. Kurt Russell gives an excellent performance of his character, totally devoid of personality and societal norms due to his upbringing. But in the movie he shows he is more human than one would first think.
Summary: Daft B-movie sci-fi that sees a futuristic soldier bred only for service is replaced by a newer, better model and left for dead on a planetary waste dump. The inevitable showdown ensues. Cheap and cheerful nonsense.