The Rock Action Pack (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Universal has chosen to highlight the cinematic efforts of The Rock, former professional wrestler turned thespian. I have no idea why The Rock deserves his own package deal, but for fans of his work, this is a solid value. You can grab three of his movies for one low price, all in glorious high definition, of course. These films all focus on the action side of cinema and given that The Rock is the lead, don’t expect superb performances or complex storylines. But for fans of The Rock, this Action 3-Pack will be welcome and the value is nice.

The Rundown– The best movie of the lot, this one stars The Rock as a bounty hunter sent into the Amazon to track down Stifler from the American Pie movies. When he finds Stifler however, he learns about a valuable treasure and soon, the two are buddies and in search of the loot. While The Rock and Stifler aren’t a dream team, they work well together and more importantly, Christopher Walken is here and adds to the fun. Some nice set pieces, a brisk pace, and Walken’s presence make The Rundown watchable. I still don’t think I’d return to this one often, but it is decent enough. The action scenes don’t have blockbuster moments, but they’re fun to watch and that is enough in this instance.

Doom– The Rock stars as The Marine in this adaptation of the landmark video game. A huge let down, Doom fails to capture the survival horror atmosphere of the game, while also failing to deliver on the visceral action elements. The Rock is a poor choice, as he seems awkward in the role and is upstaged by his co-stars non-stop. The lone bright spot is the first-person perspective sequence, which was a fun nod to the source material, but that is a brief segment. I wanted Doom to get a great movie, but this screams low rent when such an influential game deserves much better. Sadly, I doubt we’ll see a better incarnation or even sequel, but that is a true shame, given the potential of the source material.

The Scorpion King– This is where The Rock’s movie run took off, a direct-to-video sequel to The Mummy that launched him into bigger, better roles. I did enjoy the visuals and atmosphere, but the storyline was a disappointment. I know I shouldn’t expect much when The Rock has the lead role, but the mythology here could have been spun into something memorable. The Rock does all he is asked to do, look buff and little else. Kelly Hu is actually not bad here, but she isn’t given much to do. In the end, this feels like just what it is, a lower end installment in The Mummy’s franchise. But if you’re desperate for some popcorn action and happen to be a fan of The Rock, you could do worse.

Video: How does it look?

All three films are presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. I wasn’t let down by any of the transfers here, as all look good, but Doom stands out as the best of the lot. Doom’s dark visuals, The Rundown’s lush jungle environments, and The Scorpion King’s earthen desert locales, it all looks good in these treatments. You’ll know its safe to dump the DVDs when you see these transfers, as detail is increased and colors & contrast perform better than ever. In short, all three movies deliver great visual experiences and fans will not be disappointed.

Audio: How does it sound?

All three films have DTS HD 5.1 soundtracks and as you’d expect, all three pack some nice power. These are action movies, some with guns, some with swords, and some with wild chases, but all action. That means the surrounds have a lot to do and all three movies sound great. I’d rank Doom as the most potent of the three tracks, but all three have good presence and power, especially once the action heats up. I didn’t find any audio errors to report, as the action sounds great and the dialogue is clear, so not much else I can mention in this section. Each disc also includes French and Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

All of the extras from the individual releases are here, so no worries there. The Scorpion King has a bland director’s comments track, as well as the U-Control enhanced viewing mode. Not much there, but for fans, at least there’s some stuff here. Doom is more loaded, with an extended version of the first person sequence and four promotional featurettes. None have much depth, but they’re brisk and worthwhile if you enjoyed the movie. The Rundown is the most loaded however, with two audio commentaries, several featurettes, and some deleted scenes. The featurettes don’t have a lot of substance, but for fans of The Rock, his audio comments will be a real draw.

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