Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger return to do what they do best in Director Mikael Håfström’s “Escape Plan.” They kick butt, blow things up, kill a lot of folks, and rise victorious in the end. It’s a fun ride fueled by enough testosterone to power a bulldozer and knows its target audience: men. Although it didn’t fare well in the U.S. at the box office, Summit Entertainment gives audiences another chance to see the film at home on Blu-ray, DVD, or Digital Download.
Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) spends his life breaking out of maximum security prisons. When he’s asked to find a way to escape from a super-prison, he can’t resist the challenge. After being locked up, Ray realizes he’s been set up. His only chance of escape is with the help of a convict (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who wants out as bad as Breslin does.
“Escape Plan” is presented in 1080p High-Definition (2.40:1). Its transfer will please home viewers with a clear picture. Most of the settings in the movie are dark and ominous, but don’t lose any clarity.
A 7.1 DTS-HD Audio 7.1 Surround Sound mix is provided for “Escape Plan.” It’s a perfect way to plunge audiences into the ominously claustrophobic world the film is set in. Every door buzz, explosion, gunshot, and rush of water is systematically placed and comes out at you from every direction.
The Blu-ray version of “Escape Plan” comes with some interesting bonus material. Audio commentary is provided by Director Mikael Hafstrom and Co-Writer Miles Chapman. Featurettes for the release include “Executing the Plan: The Making of ‘Escape Plan,'” “Maximum Security: The Real-Life Tomb,” and “Clash of the Titans.” Deleted scenes are found as well.
“Escape Plan” is rated R for violence and language throughout. There are no sexual situations or nudity to be found. What we do get is a whole lot of shooting, stabbing, and bare-knuckle brawling. It’s definitely NOT fun for the whole family.
If you’re a big fan of overblown action films of the 1980s, you’ll love “Escape Plan.” Imagine Stuart Gordon’s “Fortress” blended with “Escape from Alcatraz” and you have an idea of what to expect. It’s not set in the future, but the technology used for the prison gives the film that sort of feeling.
“Escape Plan” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.
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