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Lock Up 4K UHD Review

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“Lock Up” is a dumb, but intense prison drama.

In 1989’s “Lock Up,” the story revolves around the character of Frank Leone. He’s a mechanic, a devoted boyfriend to Melissa, and he also happens to be a model prisoner at a low security prison. Alas, his life becomes hell when he is abruptly transferred to a maximum security prison by the evil Warden Drumgoole who has a vendetta against Frank. You see, Frank escaped a prison the Warden previously worked at and his reputation was ruined by it. Now, with Frank only having six months left on his sentence, the Warden tries to break Frank and make his life a living hell.

Make no mistake about it, this John Flynn directed and Richard Smith, Jeb Stuart and Henry Rosenbaum scripted film is ridiculous. The plot is as implausible as can be, the movie strangely leaves out any visual footage of the past beef between Frank and the Warden as if we already know these characters, there are numerous prison movie cliches, and the character motivations are decidedly vague for many characters including the Warden and guards. And yet, despite the many flaws, the simplistic “Lock Up” is still an intense 80s prison drama. If you go with the flow of the absurdity of it all, you’ll find yourself hooked in by Frank’s struggle to survive amidst escalating troubles.

The cast here is mostly on point. Stallone does a fine job as the lead. You really feel for the character and are engaged in his arduous journey. A young Tom Sizemore shines as the talkative inmate Dallas. Veteran character actors Frank McRae (Eclipse), John Amos (Meissner), and Sonny Landham (Chink) all put in quality work for their respective roles as well. As for Donald Sutherland, he’s wasted as the Warden. The problem with his role is that the character does little more than stare at Frank in various locations. It would have been nice to see more mind games and more scenes with him and Frank. Still, Sutherland does the best he can with what little he is given.


Presentation: 1.85:1 2160p. How does it look? Expect a pristine print for this catalogue title.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A bit lacking and not up to 4k standards. It’s still solid enough though.

* Blu-ray copy and Digital copy
* “Lock Up” trailer
* 5 individual interviews with Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Sonny Landham, and Darlanne Fluegel.
* A vintage making of featurette
* “Featurette: Sylvester Stallone”- An interview with the actor at the time of the movie accompanied by set footage.
* 8 minutes of behind the scenes footage.

September 5, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , ,

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