Feb 092020

No Mercy, as it stands, is not a memorable film but passably entertaining nevertheless though I wasn’t buying the relationship with Gere and Basinger.



No Mercy

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Crime, Romance
Mill Creek Entertainment | R – 106 min. – $14.98 | February 11, 2020

Date Published: 02/10/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Richard Pearce
Writer(s): Jim Carabatsos (written by)
Cast: Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Jeroen Krabbé, George Dzundza

Features: None
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 23.23 GB
Total Bitrate: 28.53 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Mill Creek Home Entertainment 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 — 3.0/5

Plot Synopsis: Eddie Jillette (RICHARD GERE) is a tough, uncompromising cop whose vow to avenge his partner’s death draws him into a torrid affair with the only witness, the murderer’s girlfriend, Michel Duval (KIM BASINGER), a Cajun beauty caught in the war between Eddie and vicious crime lord, Losado (JEROEN KRABBE), the man who possesses her.

Jillette’s vendetta takes him from the streets of Chicago to the violent underworld of New Orleans, where he abducts Michel to flush out Lasado. He escapes into the treacherous bayou with his unwilling captive, but as their pursuers close in and the danger mounts, so does their lust for each other.

Quick Hit Review: I had recently, within the last 1.5 years anyway, watched No Mercy in my quest of finding some fun romantic-thrillers from the 1980s. My opinion then, as it is now: this isn’t a particularly memorable or amazing movie. The performances from both Richard Gere and Kim Basinger were both fine, however didn’t feel they had the chemistry necessary to make the film work, mostly the second half once they “pair up” (i.e. he kidnaps her). Gere and Basinger, however, will reunite in 1992 for Final Analysis.

That said, some of the action/thriller scenes weren’t too bad, most notably the shootout/fire sequence in the third act, and Jeroen Krabbé as the villain was a bit too over-the-top compared with Gere’s more serious take; I’d wonder if this had starred either Stallone or Van Damm, might’ve been just the right mixture of cheese, action and drama.



This release comes with a retro VHS-styled slip cover. No features were included.


VIDEO – 4.0/5

Mill Creek Entertainment releases No Mercy onto Blu-ray for the first time and is presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio (the back cover incorrectly says its 1.85) and a 1080p high-definition transfer. This is the first time this movie has gotten a HD release, and although not entirely brilliant with some heavy noise, which I tend to notice with some films from the 1980s, detail still isn’t at all half bad, colors are, from what I recall, in line with the darker tone with some minor splashes, such as the fire during the finale. There were some ever so minor specs but nothing terribly distracting.

As a note, the original Sony release had both widescreen and full frame versions, later re-released with only the full frame version (which had the same artwork and UPC), so this is the best option to get the proper widescreen aspect ratio.

AUDIO – 3.25/5

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. This is a rather low key lossless track where some of the ambient noises or on-screen action is a bit soft however dialogue does come through with nice clarity and no evident pops, hisses or other ailments.


OVERALL – 2.5/5

No Mercy, as it stands, is not a memorable film but passably entertaining nevertheless though I wasn’t buying the relationship with Gere and Basinger. That said, and even without any bonus features, this is the first time the movie has been released in high-definition.


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