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Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command Blu-ray

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Mill Creek Entertainment | 1999-2006 | 2 Movies | 175 min | Rated R | May 14, 2013

Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-2
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Note: 1-3 Universal Soldier, 1-...

Subtitles
English, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region A (B, C untested)

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Video 2.5 of 52.5
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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Thriller23%
Sci-Fi19%
War1%

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Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command

 (1999-2006)

Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command Blu-ray features mediocre video and great audio, but overall it's a poor Blu-ray release

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For more about Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command and the Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command Blu-ray release, see Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Cox, Michael Jai White, Razaaq Adoti, Heidi Schanz, Vlad Ivanov
Directors: Simon Fellows, Mic Rodgers


This Blu-ray release includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:

Universal Soldier: The Return (Blu-ray)

Universal Soldier: The Return Blu-ray


Mill Creek Entertainment | 1999 | 83 min | Rated R | Region A (B, C untested) | No Release Date

Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), the heroic former Universal Soldier, is about to be thrown into action once again. With the Cold War over and defense budgets slashed, the entire Universal Soldier team is facing...

Action / Sci-Fi


Second in Command (Blu-ray)

Second in Command Blu-ray


Mill Creek Entertainment | 2006 | 92 min | Rated R | Region A (B, C untested) | No Release Date

He's a former Navy S.E.A.L. with the combat experience to protect U.S. interests anywhere. But the day he arrives at his new post in a turbulent Eastern European nation, Commander Sam Keenan is thrust into a bloody and chaotic...

Action / Thriller / War


Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Universal Soldier: The Return
Score: 2.5/5.0


Note: The below text is sourced from the review of the original Sony standalone Blu-ray release. A/B comparisons reveal this to be an identical transfer. No noticeable differences are apparent. Also note that screenshots from the original Sony review feature incorrect color. That issue has been corrected for this review.

Universal Soldier: The Return features a lackluster 1080p, 1.85:1-framed transfer. The transfer is rather dark, slightly hazy, uninspired, and plenty grainy. Colors are decent, certainly not too bright but not too dark, either. Most seem obscured under the many nighttime exterior shots and the rather poorly-lit interiors of the military facility where much of the action takes place. Fine detail is acceptable but underwhelming throughout. Black levels are decent, and flesh tones tend towards a shade of red. This is not a bad transfer, just a dull one. The material gives the disc little to work with, and this is likely the best fans are going to see Universal Soldier: The Return for a very long time.

Second in Command
Score: 2.5/5.0


Second in Command isn't the prettiest Blu-ray at the dance. Mill Creek's presentation of this Sony property is about as exciting and stimulating as watching beige paint dry. The picture plays with a stuffy, hazy, color-sucking yellow/brown/bronze sort of tint. Color is drained, and even the overlay looks awfully faded. There's no brilliance at all. The entire thing appears worn down and washed out. A few shots of camouflage uniforms look good enough, but this is about the worst color palette Blu-ray fans will find. Details aren't exactly leaping off the screen, either. The grain structure remains intact, and there's a basic proficiency to faces and clothes, but as far as nuanced textures go, there are none. Flesh tones are defined by those same awful color parameters, and black levels are usually terrible, appearing pale and pasty. For a good-looking picture, go elsewhere.


Universal Soldier: The Return / Second in Command Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Universal Soldier: The Return
Score: 4.0/5.0


Gone is Sony's old Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack (as well as the old disc's Portuguese language track, lossless French track, and multiple additional subtitle options), replaced by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. On the old release, the soundtrack proved the dominant feature, and that quality remains despite the switchover. This track enjoys a rich front side spacing to music, with solid clarity and a full surround support. Opening title text scrolls across the listening area, and gentle swampy ambience fills the stage in the following scene. Big sound effects -- ski jets zooming from side-to-side, for instance -- play with good energy, natural presence, and crisp, fluid delivery through the speakers. Gunfire is big and potent, filling the stage with zippy shells that impress from the strike of the primer to the bullet's impact on various surfaces. Explosions pack a nice punch, too, proving the value of the track's hefty bass element. Dialogue is firm and accurate with center-channel placement. This is a quality presentation in every area.

Second in Command
Score: 3.5/5.0


Second in Command's lossless soundtrack fares better than its video counterpart. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 presentation finds some real energy in places, and it's fairly well defined. There's a decent presence and fair heft to even the most routine scene and sound effect. The crowd ambience heard throughout the film is rarely authentically engaging, but it gets the job done with a fairly wide front end and a generous surround support. Gunfire never really explodes out of the speakers, but it's adequate for a low-end DTV flick. On the other hand, RPG projectiles zip through the stage with some accuracy and explosions pack a fairly hefty wallop. Music isn't all that aggressive, but that's its nature. Dialogue plays clearly enough through the center. The track offers an above-average listen for a below-average movie, but it's hardly reason enough to labor through the film.


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