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Born To Raise Hell
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

MPAA Rating: R (For Strong Violence, Language, Some Sexuality and Nudity and Drug Use)

Running Time: 96 Minutes

Starring: Steven Segal, Dan Badarau, Darren Slahlavi, D. Neil Mark, George Remes, Claudiu Bleont and Madalina Mareiscu

Written by: Steven Segal

Directed by: Lauro Chartrand

 

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $24.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scenes (16 scenes)

Released: April 19th, 2011

 

 


"Born To Raise Hell'" is presented in 1080p high definition, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. As ridiculous as the movie is, it looks good: the picture is bright, and certainly pops out, even with all the filters. Fleshtones hit their respective marks, and black levels are excellent. Colors are also well-saturated, as they're bold and deep and don't smear. Detail is rather good too. There's nothing really to complain about here, as the transfer has a true dimensionality to it. 

 


"Born To Raise Hell" features a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, and it's exactly what you'd expect: ridicuously bombastic. This is one of the most discrete tracks I have heard in a long time, as seemingly every sound effect zings through the chanels: cars roaring through the streets, the blasts of gunfire and all around mayhem (which includes plenty of punches and kicks). Dynamic range is excellent, and the subwoofer gets some action in as well. The awful dialogue is clear and easy to hear, while the pulsing score from Michael Nielson gives even more energy to the channels. This is a robust mix that certainly does justice to the material.

English and Spanish subtitles are also included. 

 


Nothing.

 


"Born To Raise Hell" is exactly what you'd expect from a direct-to-DVD schlockfest featuring Steven Seagal (who wrote it, no less). It's not a movie you can outright recommend, but for a marathon of clichéd, mindless action movies or for 3 in the morning, it has some value. The Blu-ray has no extras, but damn, does it look and sound good. Fans of the (fading) action star will surely want to check this one out.