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Rage and Discipline

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // R // February 7, 2006
List Price: $14.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Scott Weinberg | posted February 27, 2006 | E-mail the Author
The Movie

A low-budget indie pick-up for legendary movie machine Roger Corman, Rage and Discipline is not the king's typical brand of urban-ized exploitation ... but that doesn't mean it's a flawless flick by any stretch of the imagination.

Picture your typical ghetto-war drama laced with a few dollops of boxing-flick concepts, and that's pretty much R & D from top to bottom. It's a flick that wavers between earnest drama and garish exploitation, and it's also quite a bit longer than it really needs to be, but if you're a fan of the sub-genre spawned by Boyz n the Hood, you'll probably find something to like in this one.

The story's about a barely distinguishable group of young street thugs, some of whom call the local boxing gym a haven, and some of whom choose to wallow in the streets. Tensions ignite when one of the kids' girlfriends is assaulted, and then Rage and Discipline kind of devolves into a endless series of tiresome shootouts.

Watchable despite an array of familiar concepts and a few acting performances just this side of terrible, Rage and Discipline might be a little bit better than the usual Corman fare, but it's still a pretty predictable tale, all the same.

The DVD

Video: Since this one's not a dusty old catalog title of Corman's, Rage and Discipline hits DVD in a widescreen transfer, but the picture quality isn't all that hot, and the framing actually seems to be off a little!

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with optional Spanish subtitles.

Extras

The menu screen has precisely one option: Play Movie.

Final Thoughts

It seems clear that writer/director Brian Clyde is shooting for more than just another grungy bullet-fest, but Rage and Discipline suffers from a serious case of the Familiars, despite the (rather inconsequential) boxing subplot.

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