The Movie: A 'B' movie from the past makes it's ugly return this year trying to ride high on the current success of its stars, Charlie and Martin Sheen (currently seen in Spin City and The West Wing). A formulaic action movie from start to finish, no amount of good acting could help this movie rise above its horrid script (not that there was much good acting). Charlie Sheen is his usual renegade self, not obeying the rules or calling for back-up, 2 of the many traits his wife doesn't like, and her main reasons for wanting a divorce. Martin Sheen, in the obvious role of Charlie's dad, does his best to rise above the script he's presented with, but no matter how good he tries to be, the script drags him down time and time again. With the formulaic plot, small budget, and bad acting aside from the Sheens, this is one movie that you can most definitely skip.
The Picture: Digitally mastered and enhanced for widescreen TVs, the picture is the only good part to this movie. While not flawless, the picture did feature realistic flesh tones along with a good black contrast for the film. There was no sign of edge enhancement and very little noticeable pixelization.
The Sound: The sound, while not all to spectacular, did its job throughout the film. A high velocity action movie, such as this one aims to be, does feature its fair share of car chases, gun fights, and explosions, all of which are done well in 5.1 surround. Most of the audio seemed to be over-exaggerated - the footsteps, gunfights, etc., but it played out nicely in the film. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand.
The Extras: There are no extras whatsoever to warrant the $33 price tag.
Conclusion: Dimension did well with the anamorphic transfer and the 5.1 surround, but no matter how much effort they put into it, the film itself still sucks. The acting is mediocre and the script is downright horrible. There's nothing new in this standard fare action movie that we haven't seen before and with absolutely no special features at all, this disc isn't worth $15, let alone the lofty price tag of $33. The back of the DVD features the usual quotes of "Nonstop Action!" and "High-Caliber Thrills!" but they're not quotes - the design team just threw them on there to try and attract buyers. In one of the few low points of Martin Sheen's career, No Code of Conduct is a horrible movie that tried to make the transfer to DVD, but failed miserably there too. There's absolutely no reason to buy or rent this disc. Inevitably, the price will fall on this disc, but until it's under $1, it's not worth it.