07/26/2014  
Draft Day on Digital HD Aug 19, VOD Aug 29, Blu-ray Combo Sep 2Prom Night on Blu-ray and DVD Sep 9Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II in Theaters Aug 29 & Blu-ray Sep 16Toy Story of Terror! On Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, and More Aug 19The Railway Man on Early Digital Aug 1 on DVD/Blu-ray Aug 12Gangster on DVD & VOD Jul 22Spartacus: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray, Digital HD, DVD Sep 16

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Draft Day on Digital HD Aug 19, VOD Aug 29, Blu-ray Com...
Prom Night on Blu-ray and DVD Sep 9...
Nick Jonas Releases 'Chains' Single ...
Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II in Theaters Aug 29 & Blu...
'Bosom Buddies' Star Donna Dixon Resurfaces, Stunning a...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

CORRUPTION (BLU-RAY)...
THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
TANK GIRL (BLU-RAY)...
HORROR STORIES...
THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)...

RR Rich Rosell

THE GIRL...
THE HORDE...
LIFE IS SWEET (BLU-RAY)...
SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)...
THE BLUE ANGEL (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

BABY PEGGY: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM...
STORAGE WARS: VOLUME THREE...
Take Part in a Film Restoration...
THE 39 STEPS (BLU-RAY)...
DARK SHADOWS: THE BEST OF BARNABAS...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASONS ONE & TWO LIMITED EDITION...
FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE...
NAZI COLLABORATORS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (BLU-RAY)...
PURPLE NOON (BLU-RAY)...
WEEKEND (BLU-RAY)...
JUAN OF THE DEAD...
THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...

JC Joel Cunningham

YOJIMBO/SANJURO...
SUMMER HOURS (L'heure d'ÈtÈ)...
WIZARD OF OZ...
WINGS OF DESIRE...
HORTON HEARS A WHO!...

DH Dan Heaton

REVANCHE...
LAST DAYS OF DISCO...
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
STARGATE SG-1: CHILDREN OF THE GODS...
STARGATE ATLANTIS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

KC Kevin Clemons

Freddy Got Fingered...

JU Jeff Ulmer

Secure The Second Season of The Border on DVD August 25...
THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...
Dance Me Outside kicks onto DVD May 6, 2008...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Warner Home Video presents
Under Siege HD-DVD (1992)

Jordan Tate: So what are you? Are you like some special forces guy or something?
Casey Ryback: No, I'm just a cook.
Jordan: A cook?
Casey: Just a lowly, lowly cook.
Jordan: Oh my God, we're gonna die.

- Erika Eleniak, Steven Seagal

Review By: Mark Zimmer   
Published: February 02, 2007

Stars: Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Erika Eleniak
Other Stars: Colm Meaney, Damian Chapa, Andy Romano, Patrick O'Neal, Nick Mancuso
Director: Andrew Davis

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language and brief nudity
Run Time: 01h:42m:48s
Release Date: October 31, 2006
UPC: 012569818316
Genre: action


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A- BD+A D

DVD Review

The action movie filmography of Steven Seagal runs the gamut from dismal to rollicking entertainment. One of the very best from him is this shipboard one-man-against-an-army picture, with a high killcount and plenty of suspense. It doesn't hurt that there's an excellent cast opposite Seagal.

Casey Ryback (Seagal) is serving as the captain's cook on board the U.S.S. Missouri as the ship takes part in activities commemmorating the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. On heading out to sea, what is supposed to be a surprise party for the captain turns out to be a takeover of the ship by its Commander Krill (Gary Busey), in league with a rogue CIA operative, William Stranix (Tommy Lee Jones). What they don't know, however, is that the cook is actually a highly-decorated Navy SEAL. Locked in a meat refrigerator by Krill, Ryback must escape and try to take back the ship before its nuclear weapons can be stolen and sold to terrorists, with his only assistance being a seasick Playboy Playmate, Jordan Tate (Erika Eleniak).

Seagal isn't the most emotive actor out there and director Andrew Davis works with that to best effect; when Ryback gets deeply emotional here, the most he manages is a hard swallow. What makes the picture work is that he's cast opposite two veteran scenery-chewers, Busey and Jones. They take their villainous roles and run with them, having a ton of fun and making them very nearly cartoonish, but always highly dangerous. They get some great moments of dialogue too, giving the action picture a sense of anarchy and cleverness often missing from such offerings.

The action is fast, furious and gory thoughout. Seagal's martial arts training gets a full workout here, as well as plenty of knifework, gunplay and the indiscriminate application of high explosives. The result is a satisfactorily high kill count that will gratify most High Body Count Night get-togethers. Suspense is ratcheted up tight thanks to some excellent editing and a moody score from Gary Chang.

The romantic interest is sloppily tacked on, but Eleniak is pretty game about the whole thing. Her interactions with Seagal (such as the quoted one) are priceless, and help make up for the overly-convenient presence of a woman onboard the ship. Some may be irritated at the movie's contribution to the mythos of the Navy SEAL as unkillable superninja murdering machine, but it's a ripping good action feature with plenty of suspense and mayhem to make up for its dubious politics.

Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: B

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: The HD transfer marks an upgrade over the standard version mostly in its shadow detail and differentiation of blacks; what is a solid mass of black uniforms in the War Room on the standard disc is seen to vary widely in tone in the HD version. The splashes of color are also vivid and eye-catching. Unfortunately, things go downhill quickly after that. There's plenty of edge enhancement present, and mosquito noise is prevalent throughout. This picture seems to have been somewhat overcompressed, which seems dubious for a fairly short movie without many extras. Textures and fine detail are often lacking. Skin tones display a tendency to erupt into vertical ribbing that is highly annoying. There is sadly a lot of room for improvement here.

Image Transfer Grade: D+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Spanishyes
Dolby Digital
+
English, Frenchyes


Audio Transfer Review: The 5.1 DD+ audio is overwhelming and makes for a greatly immersive experience. The ambient shipboard sounds are very well done, with creaks, whirs and hisses erupting from every direction. The gunshots and missiles have all the oomph one could ask for, and the knife fights present plenty of squishy nastiness. Even the music has plenty of bass and LFE rumble throughout, making this an excellent action soundtrack.

Audio Transfer Grade: A

 

Disc Extras

Animated menu
Scene Access with 29 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, French, Spanish with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
Packaging: Elite
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extras Review: The sole extra is a non-HD trailer for the film that gives away many of the best moments.

Extras Grade: D

 

Final Comments

Nonstop action and fun, though there are few bonus materials and the video transfer isn't the best. The audio rocks, though.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

drama, horror, music, nick jonas, jonas brothers, jason evigan, r&b, chains, comedy, television, donna dixon, bosom buddies, dan aykroyd, james brown biopic, get on up, saturday night live, doctor detroit, fx, fargo, martin freeman, billy bob thornton, allison tolman, animation, tca awards, breaking bad, true detective, matther mcconaughey, hbo, itunes festival 2014, september, pharrell williams, kylie minogue, maroon 5, david guetta, sam smith, blondie, beck, kasabian, movie, philip seymour hoffman, february death, cooper, tallulah, willa, mimi odonnell, james cahill jr., david friedman, box office, movies, action, app, james garner, maverick, the rockford files, devine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood, 8 simple rules, the children's hour, doris day, reality, marvel comics, thor, femail, god of thunder, mjolmir, super hero, johnny winter, blues guitar player, zurich switzerland, johnny winter album, willie dixon, walter horton, sex tape, the purge: anarchy, planes: fire & rescue, dawn of the planet of the apes, documentary, soccer, world cup, germany, argentina, mario goetze, dancing with the stars, abc, cheryl burke, botox, no eating disorder, no plastic surgery, simian flu, matt reeves, rick jaffa, amada silver, mark bomback, andy serkis, jason clark, keri russell, kodi smit-mcphee and gary oldman

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too
Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact