Precious Cargo

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Language throughout, some violence and sexual material.
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Precious Cargo tells the story of a criminal couple forced to confront the limits of their loyalties. After a botched heist, thieves and ex-lovers, Jack and Karen (Gosselaar and Forlani) are targeted by Eddie (Willis), a murderous crime boss. To escape with their lives, Jack and Karen must steal a cargo of precious gems. But when the job goes down, allegiances are betrayed and lines are crossed as Jack, Karen, and Eddie face off in a fateful showdown. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 14:37), cast and crew interviews (HD 43:54), a trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is mediocre in quality, with an inconsistent color palette. Fleshtones vary and often appear unnatural, as in overly reddish, even in the sun-drenched island locations. Hues are saturated, but not necessarily rendered to appear natural, and instead pop. The overall appearance is a bit harsh. Contrast is pushed, with blacks that are not refined and shadows veiled in darkness. Resolution is generally revealing of fine detail in close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Overall, the picture exhibits a digital quality with exaggerated colors and hyped contrast. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamically energized with a loud presence, due to sound effects and a very aggressive music score, which fully occupies the frontal soundstage and extends mightily to the surrounds for a holosonic® experience. Sound effects, such as gunfire, crashes, explosions, and other mayhem play predominately throughout. Bass extension is energized in the .1 LFE channel to heighten the sound effects. Dialogue is consistently clear but wanting often in spatial integration. Overall, this is a loud sonic experience with minimal finesse. (Gary Reber)