Feb 092018
 

Judgment Night isn’t what one call a “smart” thriller or anything but it is awfully fun courtesy of its charming cast headlined by Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Denis Leary (with special mention to Stephen Dorff and Jeremy Piven).

 

 

Judgment Night
— Warner Archive Collection —

(1993)

Genre(s): Drama, Crime
Warner Archive | NR – 109 min. – $21.99 | January 23, 2018

Date Published: 02/09/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
Writer(s): Lewis Colick and Jere Cunningham (story), Lewis Colick (screenplay)
Cast: Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Denis Leary, Stephen Dorff, Jeremy Piven
DISC INFO:
Features: None
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English
Region(s): 1

 

 

THE MOVIE – 3.75/5


Plot Synopsis: New father Frank (EMILIO ESTEVEZ) departs for a night out, joining friends Mike (CUBA GOODING JR.) and Ray (JEREMY PIVEN) as they head to a boxing match. At the last minute, they are joined by John (STEPHEN DORFF), Frank’s brother. Stuck in gridlock traffic, the guys take a shortcut that gets them lost. In a very dangerous neighborhood, they witness a murder by a gang leader called Fallon (DENIS LEARY). They flee, but Fallon now wants them hunted down and eliminated.

Quick Hit Review: Judgment Night is one of those movies I’ve heard of and even seen on the schedule airing some Saturday night but for one reason or another never had a chance to see. Shame I didn’t see this sooner as this was one hell of a ride excelling more so on its high-caliber cast, for 1993 I suppose, rather than the story which admittedly does get quite convoluted as it went along. Still, it was just an all-around entertaining romp.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


No features were included.

 

VIDEO – 4.0/5, AUDIO – 3.75/5


Judgment Night received a DVD release through Warner Brothers in their Archive Collection (Universal previously released this back in 2004 and probably is now OOP) and honestly, looks quite good, colors appear natural looking and black levels are stark. The only downside is my older Blu-ray player had trouble with the MOD disc displaying blocks and sound cutting out, luckily I was able to play it in my newer 4K player with no issues; just an FYI for others out there.

The Dolby Digital Stereo meanwhile is good showing off clear dialogue levels and a bit of depth with the gunfire or the one big explosion early on.

OVERALL – 3.25/5


Overall, Judgment Night isn’t what one call a “smart” thriller or anything but it is awfully fun courtesy of its charming cast headlined by Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Denis Leary (with special mention to Stephen Dorff and Jeremy Piven). This DVD release from Warner’s MOD Archive Collection offers up actually good video/audio transfers but sadly, though not surprisingly, no features.

 

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