Plot: What’s it about?
This is the story about a con man, Gabriel Cane, (James Wooods) who is released out of a Georgia prison and has a plan set up to con a small town business man (Bruce Dern) out of 1.5 million dollars. The basis of the bet is to have Honey Roy Palmer (Louis Gossett, Jr.) box and beat 10 men who precide in the county in 24 hours. With the help of Fitz (Oliver Platt) and Palmer and the financial backing of the mafia, Cane must win or he will lose his life.
Everybody in this movie is some sort of a bad guy. But you get to choose which ones to root for. For once you get to root for James Woods, at least I did. I guess you also root for him in the Vampire movie, but usually he is the bad guy you end up hating. The cast is a pretty good set of characters and you get to see Heather Graham in one of her first motion pictures.
I have always liked this movie and was glad to see it out on DVD. Although I wish that MGM would have put a little effort into making this DVD. The MSRP is $25 and for this lack of effort it should have been $10 cheaper. I still enjoy this movie, but I do not recommend purchasing this unless you really love it. You shuold be able to pick it up for about $17 over the internet and hopefully you can find it cheaper.
Video: How does it look?
This is a letterboxed movie without the 16×9 enhancement. The transfer seems to be a little dull. There is some video noise and some dust and grain here and there. The print seemed to be a little dirty. It doesn’t hurt the enjoyment of the movie much, but it just seems like an old laserdisc rehash. I wish the folks at MGM would have given this a better transfer.
Audio: How does it sound?
This is your basic 2.0 surround sound. Your rear speakers and subwoofer aren’t really used in this movie. It is dialogue driven so your center speaker gets almost all of the atention. Just a so so job again from the folks at MGM. I know not much could have been done, but a great looking picture could have made up for the average sounding soundtrack.
Supplements: What are the extras?
All you get here is an old letterboxed theatrical trailer in 2.0 sound.