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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning Blu-ray

United States
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1985 | 96 min | Rated R | Jun 05, 2012

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
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Price
List price: $16.99, Price history

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Video 3.6 of 53.6
Audio 3.4 of 53.4
Extras 0.7 of 50.7
Based on 5 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Action100%
Martial arts34%
War33%
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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning

 (1985)

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning Blu-ray offers solid video and audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.

For more about Missing in Action 2: The Beginning and the Missing in Action 2: The Beginning Blu-ray release, see Missing in Action 2: The Beginning Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Chuck Norris, Soon-Tek Oh, Steven Williams (I), David Chung, Professor Toru Tanaka
Director: Lance Hool

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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

In typical Golan-Globus fashion, MIA 2 was shot wherever costs were lowest, in this case Mexico, where the production company engaged the services of an experienced Mexican cinematographer, Jorge Stahl Jr., who had been making films since the 1940s and delivered less grainy and higher-contrast image than the darker MIA (shot by Brazilian DP João Fernandes). MGM's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray (distributed by Fox) looks quite good for a low-budget project shot on film from this era. The source material is clean, without noticeable damage or wear-and-tear. The image may lack the sharply defined "pop" of a contemporary production that's been tweaked and sharpened on a digital intermediate, but to my eye that makes for a nice change, and it certainly isn't an image that lacks for detail of the jungle surroundings, the squalid POW camp or the grime and sweat on the prisoners' faces and bodies. The colors are very strong, especially the vivid greens of the foliage, the bright yellows and oranges of the pyrotechnics, and the occasional flashes of bright red, which are almost always associated with the North Vietnamese (for reasons that should be obvious). The blacks are good enough to bring out the knee-high boots of which Colonel Yin is so proud, and the film's grain structure appears to be naturally reproduced.

With no extras except a trailer and just a few mono soundtracks, MGM and Fox have been able to devote almost the whole of the BD-25 to the 96-minute film, resulting in an average bitrate just over 27.00 Mbps. That's a good average for this film, and the compression appears to have been performed carefully with no artifacts.


Missing in Action 2: The Beginning Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The film's original mono track has been encoded in lossless DTS-HD MA. It's well-mixed mono with decent dynamic range for sounds such as gunfire, explosions and the distinctively rhythmic rumble of military helicopters. The track won't rattle your listening room, but it supports the story effectively. The score is by Brian May, who scored the original Mad Max and incorporated several cues that fans of George Miller's groundbreaking action series will recognize, either from the first Max or from its reprise at the beginning of The Road Warrior.


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20th Century Fox Entertainment will release on Blu-ray three action films starring Chuck Norris: Joseph Zito's Missing in Action (1984), Lance Hool's Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985), and Menahem Golan's The Delta Force (1986). The three films, which will ...


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