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Escape Plan – 4K UHD Blu-ray Movie Review

Synopsis

Prison security expert Ray Breslin finds himself the target of a vicious setup that locks him into the ultimate cage. His very life depends on his escape plan.

Ray Breslin (Stallone) is a prison security expert who, for a sizeable fee, allows himself to be locked up in maximum security facilities. After 14 successful escapes, he is hired by the CIA to test a new prison designed to erase the worst criminals from existence. Once there, he discovers he’s been set up and his jailers have no intention of releasing him. After befriending mysterious inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), he thinks he may have found a way out. But not everything is as it seems and Warden Hobbs (Caviezel) is determined to beat Breslin at his own game. Eventually, the escape plan requires help from the inside and from the other inmates. Can he get out before it’s too late?

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Specifications
Lionsgate
2013, Color, Rated R, 1 Hrs 55 mins
Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, 2.40:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel
Directed by Mikael Håfström

Rating

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Violence: Yes
Sex: No
Language: Yes

Commentary

Escape Plan dates from 2013 and the sequel is already slated for a straight-to-video release in the summer of 2018. This edition represents a new Ultra HD transfer with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos as featured technologies.

The movie is certainly entertaining as a Saturday-night popcorn action flick, worthy of at least one rental. I don’t expect it to receive multiple viewings as there are few unexpected plot twists to keep viewers coming back for more. Schwarzenegger and Stallone are certainly a strong draw but let’s be frank, they’re both getting too old for this sort of thing. Sly turns in his characteristic drawl and is often hard to understand as he mumbles his way through. He is reasonably convincing as a wise MacGyver-type who finds a way to get out of every difficult situation with nothing more than a piece of string and some pocket lint. Arnold is also his typical self so neither actor falls short of, or exceeds, expectations.

Fans of prison break films will certainly enjoy Escape Plan but unless you are determined to mine every detail from this predictable movie, it’s not a candidate for multiple viewings.

Technical

The new Ultra HD transfer adds a bit of detail and contrast but color is still somewhat pale and under-saturated. Black levels are rich and deep, enhanced by the HDR encode but the Blu-ray still stands up to modern scrutiny. Detail is a bit soft at times and doesn’t quite match the quality seen in the latest CGI-laden presentation.

Audio comes in both Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio flavors. I watched the latter and found the front soundstage to be both broad and deep with good balance in the center channel and decent bass from the subwoofer. Surround effects are sparse and under-utilized.

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Extras

Bonus features include audio commentary from the director and co-writer, three behind-the-scenes featurettes, and deleted scenes. The package includes both Ultra HD and Blu-ray discs.

Chris Eberle

Chris' passion for audio began when he took up playing the bassoon at age 12. During his third year at the New England Conservatory of Music, he won a position with the West Point Band where he served for 26 years as principal bassoonist. He retired from the Army in 2013 and is now writing full time and performing as a freelance musician in Central Florida. As an avid movie lover, Chris was unable to turn away the 50-inch Samsung DLP TV that arrived at his door one day, thus launching him irrevocably into an obsession with home theater. Dissatisfied with the image quality of his new acquisition, Chris trained with the Imaging Science Foundation in 2006 and became a professional display calibrator. His ultimate theater desires were realized when he completed construction of a dedicated cinema/listening room in his home. Chris is extremely fortunate that his need for quality audio and video is shared and supported by his wife of over 25 years. In his spare time he enjoys riding his recumbent trike at least 100 miles per week, trying out new restaurants, going to theme parks and spending as much time as possible watching movies and listening to music. Chris enjoys bringing his observations and discoveries about every kind of home theater product to as many curious and well-informed readers as possible. He is proud to be a part of the Team and hopes to help everyone enjoy their AV experiences to the fullest.

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