Dog Eat Dog

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RLJ Entertainment
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Paul Schrader
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In Dog Eat Dog, ex-cons Troy (Cage), Mad Dog (Defoe) and Diesel (Cook) are hired by an eccentric mob boss to kidnap a baby for a large ransom. When the abduction goes awry, the trio find themselves on the run from the mob and the cops. Vowing to stay out of prison at all costs, getting away with the crime is literally a matter of life and death. Based on the novel by Edward Bunker. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Paul Schrader, a Nicolas Cage video introduction for TIFF (HD 0:50), a Q&A with Cage and Schrader (HD 25:08), a photo gallery, and upfront previews.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is stylized in particular segments, which appear to be very psychedelic in color treatment. Otherwise, the imagery appears natural, with saturated hues and strong primaries. There also are black-and-white segments. Fleshtones are naturally hued, except for the stylized segments. Contrast is generally good, with deep blacks and decent shadow delineation. Resolution is decent, with fine detail evident in closeups, but otherwise a bit soft. Overall, the picture is decent but not stellar. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is credited as 5.1, but surround energy is virtually non-existent and at best extremely subtle. Still, the stereo soundstage is well executed, though, dialogue is waning in spatial integration. Atmospherics are decent but, again, rather frontal focused with no surround. Bass energy is effectively deep and supportive of the storytelling. The music score provides suitable flow. Overall, this is a mediocre soundtrack experience. (Gary Reber)