Marked for Death (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

John Hatcher (Steven Seagal) served as an undercover operative for drug enforcement for years, but he became frustrated with the lack of progress. The team would put away dealers of course, but the flow of drugs never seemed to slow down and the power players always seemed out of reach. He decides to step away from the situation and returns to his hometown, ready to relax and ponder retirement. But he is unable to escape the landscape of drugs and the thugs who peddle them, even away from the job. He is asked to help with the local problem, but he refuses, until his niece is attacked. Now he plans to settle the score with a kingpin known as Screwface. Soon enough, he and a couple of other concerned citizens begin their own task force, shutting down Screwface’s dealers. But with a madman like Screwface at the end of the road, can Hatcher and the others manage to put him down, or is the kingpin too entrenched?

Marked for Death is one of the action movies made by Steven Seagal before he was abducted by aliens, put on 100 pounds, and became a reality television icon. In other words, this is Seagal doing what he does best, breaking arms, kicking ass, and never changing his facial expression. Marked for Death is a fun movie if watched as what it is, an over the top, cheese loaded action flick, but of course it is horrible if you watch it as anything else. The hilarious dialogue, obvious inattention to detail, and voodoo madness supply some solid “so bad its good” entertainment. It is kind of sad to see Seagal these days, bloated and content with direct to DVD trash, but in Marked for Death, he is the Seagal we all remember. So if you’re after some action cheese with a big dose of Screwface, Marked for Death is worth a look.

Video: How does it look?

Marked for Death is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This movie is a couple decades old, but it looks good and this transfer is more than solid. The detail level isn’t great, but it offers a step up over the DVD. The colors look as they should, which means not always bright or even natural. The film’s visuals can be tricky at times, but the transfer keeps up and provides the visuals as intended. Not a home run, but a solid double for sure.

Audio: How does it sound?

A DTS HD 5.1 option is present and while passable, this is not an impressive presentation. The audio sounds acceptable, but the front channels handle the entire load. That is ok, but when the action heats up, the soundtrack remains restrained. Not a huge deal in this case, but some added presence in the more action driven scenes would have been nice. The music sounds fine and dialogue is clear however, so there’s good news. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround option, Spanish and French language tracks, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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