Steven Seagal stars in Marked For Death, a fast-paced, hard-action drama that deals with the illegal drug trade. Just retired from the Drug Enforcement Agency, John Hatcher (Seagal) returns to his hometown to discover that drugs have infiltrated his old neighborhood. Determined to drive the dealers out, Hatcher crosses paths with a ferocious Jamaican druglord who vows that Hatcher and his family are now targeted for death. (Gary Reber)
There are no special features.
The 1080p AVC picture is terrific and significantly improved from the DVD reviewed in Issue 31. Then, the picture, framed at 2.30:1, was not anamorphic and exhibited inconsistencies throughout. Color fidelity is very good, appearing very natural in fleshtones. Hues are rich and vivid and impressively saturated. Contrast is excellent, with blacks that exhibit true depth and revealing shadow delineation, which enhances dimensionality. Lighting effects are used to stylize certain scenes, and this results in a bit of softness within parts of scenes. Resolution, however, is remarkably good, especially during close-ups of facial features and object textures. This is a vividly colorful picture that is nicely produced, with effective imagery that is engaging. Artifacts are virtually nonexistent, for an effectively clean presentation. (Gary Reber)
The original theatrical soundtrack had been remastered and encoded in Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete on the previous DVD release. This new DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is effectively dynamic. Overall the soundtrack is stereo focused, with generally subtle surround envelopment and occasional split surround effects that are aggressively energized, such as rounds of gunfire. Still sound effects in the surround channels are not particularly articulated well. The excellent music score is dynamic, with a spatially dimensional soundstage, and contributes to aggressive surround envelopment. Deep bass effects are .1 LFE enhanced. Dialogue generally sounds natural and at times is nicely spatially integrated, but also not always perfectly intelligible. In the Steven Seagal tradition, this is a high-energy soundtrack with lots of action that is sure to please fans. (Gary Reber)