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Blast is a dumb 1997 action-thriller that had the potential to be the right kind of ‘bad’ movie and instead it was just plain bad, from the poor acting, the terrible writing (both in terms of story and dialogue) to the direction.

 

 

Blast
(1997)

Genre(s): Action, Suspense/Thriller
MVD Visual | R – 99 min. – $24.95 | August 28, 2018

Date Published: 08/31/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Albert Pyun
Writer(s): Hannah Blue (written by)
Cast: Linden Ashby, Andrew Divoff, Kimberly Warren, Rutger Hauer
DISC INFO:
Features: Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (PCM 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: None
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

MVD Visual provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 2.25/5


Plot Synopsis: The world’s finest athletes have once again gathered for the summer games. But before the competition begins, a deadly team of terrorists, lead by Omodo (ANDREW DIVOFF), mounts a precision attack on the swimming complex, holding the Womens’ swimming team hostage and unknowingly traps a janitor, and former athlete Jack Bryant (LINDEN ASHBY), within the sprawling compound. Totally unprepared for an assault of this magnitude, a desperate President and the F.B.I. enlist the brilliant Interpol counter-terrorism expert “Leo” (RUTGER HAUER), who coordinates his efforts with the trapped janitor to contain this volatile situation.

Quick Hit Review: This 1997 action-thriller is your typical schlock for the era with some rather bad acting, none the more than its star Linden Ashby, some awful writing and dialogue and just an all around slapped together plot. Even someone like Rutger Hauer is relegated to only a couple locations, mostly inside a van and in a wheelchair, put there by the film’s villain.

At the very least I had hoped Blast, directed by Albert Pyun (Captain America 1990, Kickboxer 2 & 4), was a so bad it’s good kind of flick and while there are some great minor moments, including the ending, not nearly enough to make even worth your time.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5


This release comes with a matted slip cover. The only bonus material is the film’s trailer as well as a couple trailers for others in the MVD Marquee Collection.

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Blast explodes onto Blu-ray shown in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. There’s no documentation or a note on the back cover but it would appear this might’ve been a new transfer, or somewhat new, as the picture does look good with relatively sharp detail while colors are decent.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


The disc comes with a standard PCM 2.0 track which does output the inane dialogue quite nicely and any action does produce some minor depth, though nothing extraordinary.

 


OVERALL – 2.5/5


Overall, Blast is a dumb 1997 action-thriller that had the potential to be the right kind of ‘bad’ movie and instead it was just plain bad, from the poor acting, the terrible writing (both in terms of story and dialogue) to the direction. This Blu-ray was released under the MVD Marquee Collection though outside of what must’ve been improved video/audio transfers because outside of a trailer, there are no features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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