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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
Kino Lorber | R – 106 min. – $17.99 | January 17, 2023

Date Published: 01/01/2023 | Author: The Movieman

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

Features: Interview, Theatrical Trailer
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: 39.92 GB
Total Bitrate: 42.63 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Warner Bros. Studios 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.


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 matted slip cover. Unlike the Mill Creek version, this does come with a new Interview (11:21) with Actor Jereon Krabbe as well as the Theatrical Trailer (2:13).


VIDEO – 4¼/5

No Mercy makes now its second appearance on Blu-ray following the 2020 release by Mill Creek and given there is no mention on the back about this 1080p high-definition transfer, I assume it’s the same one by MC which was itself just provided by Columbia with no restoration done. In any case, the 1.78 widescreen transfer does look fairly good with fine detail and colors appearing well balanced.

AUDIO – 3½/5

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. This was copied from my 2020 review and pretty much remains the same, nothing incredible but certainly adequate.



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.





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

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