In Riot, Copper Jack Stone (Reese) purposefully orchestrates a bank robbery in order to be thrown into prison with the notorious Russian kingpin, Balam (Liddell). Balam is more than just a mob criminal, he's a very cunning and dangerous lord who controls the police force from behind bars. Balam lives in prison as a cover for his real power, which is King of the city. His cell is a lavish, private room built specifically for him, inaccessible to most in the depths of the prison structure. Even the warden fears venturing into his area of the prison. However, even surrounded by his loyal henchmen and guards in his sectioned-off fortress, Balam doesn't know Jack is coming for him to avenge his family, whom Balam murdered in cold blood. Baham is tough…but Jack is tougher. (Gary Reber)
Special features include upfront previews and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits uneven imagery quality but is generally decent. The color palette is naturally hued, especially with respect to fleshtones. Mostly set within the environs of prison cells and assembly halls, the colors are dull and dingy in appearance. Such scenes are often dark and populated with orange-uniformed prisoners and black-suited guards who are menacing. Contrast is decent, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The low-light segments veil detail, but otherwise, especially during close-ups, resolution is good. The picture projects a dingy feel, which heightens the sense of a prison dungeon. Overall, this is an effective visual experience. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding, with a driving and forceful music score punctuated with deep .1 LFE bass. The music spreads wide and deep across the soundstage, extending to the surrounds with an aggressive presence. Atmospherics are quite good and project the sense of close quarters, and special effects such as automatic gunfire are robust and directionalized throughout the soundfield. Dialogue is consistently intelligible and spatially integrated. This is a very active soundtrack with good dynamics, bass impact, and a driving, present music score. As a prison thriller, the sonics are quite effective. (Gary Reber)