Review by: Fusion3600
Posted on: January 28th, 2012
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Plot: What’s it about?

Michael Cochran (Kevin Costner) used to be a military pilot, but his retirement offers him more dangers than he ever faced while in unfriendly skies. Cochran, also called Jay, even keeps company with the notorious Tibby Mendez (Anthony Quinn), one of the most vicious, but also well protected men in the world. Mendez has millions at his disposal and rules over his empire of sorts in Mexico, with armed guards at every post. He doesn’t lower his guard for many men, but Jay is one of them, since he saved the man’s life once upon a time. Jay arrives at Tibby’s estate just to take some time off, not planning to get too involved or overstay his welcome even for a second. But then he sees Mireya (Madeline Stowe), a beautiful woman whom he falls for instantly, but as it turns out, she is the wife of Mendez. The feelings between the two are powerful, but to act on them would mean risking severe consequences, perhaps even death. Even when faced with the potential of being killed by the brutal Mendez, will the two act on their love and if they do, what will become of them once Mendez is made aware?

I always liked Revenge, as it is a straight ahead tale of vengeance that doesn’t rely on cheap twists to get over. This new unrated director’s cut crafts an even tighter version of the story, which is hard to believe. In most director’s cuts, we see footage added in and extended run times, but not in this case. This time director Tony Scott has shortened the movie by almost half an hour, giving us a very focused vision. While some will prefer the original, this director’s cut still packs all the power of the theatrical cut, but seems more driven and honed in. I don’t mind the theatrical cut at all, but I think this director’s cut covers all the needed bases, even with a shorter duration. As before, the show is stolen by Anthony Quinn who really owns his role and is a pleasure to watch here. Kevin Costner and Madeline Stowe are impressive also, but this is Quinn’s show. I think fans will appreciate this new cut, as well as the new extras, so the director’s cut of Revenge is recommended.

Video: How does it look?

Revenge is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen. This movie has some great visuals, including some unique color and lighting use. As such, I expected the disc to ensure the visuals looked impressive, and believe me, they are impressive! The colors are natural and bright when needed, but always reflect the intended visual design. I also found black levels to beaccurate and sharp, detail is solid as well. All in all, a very good transfer and fans should be pleased.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio on the disc is presented in 5.1 surround, and it sounds very good. Usually dialogue drives the film, although some scene show some serious activity. Also, some very tense, more suspenseful atmosphere surfaces, to help set the mood. The end result should produce some good audio for you to enjoy, although the speakers never really light up in this movie. It’s not the fault of the mix, the movie is just not focused on audio. Dialogue is excellent, always audible and consistent. This disc also includes subtitles in English and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The audio on the disc is presented in 5.1 surround, and it sounds very good. Usually dialogue drives the film, although some scene show some serious activity. Also, some very tense, more suspenseful atmosphere surfaces, to help set the mood. The end result should produce some good audio for you to enjoy, although the speakers never really light up in this movie. It’s not the fault of the mix, the movie is just not focused on audio. Dialogue is excellent, always audible and consistent. This disc also includes subtitles in English and French.

Revenge: Unrated Director’s Cut
MOVIE INFO.
YEAR RELEASED
1990
RATING
Unrated
DIRECTOR
Tony Scott
STUDIO
Sony
RUNNING TIME
100 min.


TECH SPECS
  • STANDARD DVD
  • (2.40:1)
  • Video Codec: MPEG-2
  • Audio: Dolby Digital
  • 1 Disc Set
  • DISC FEATURES
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy

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