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The film is about Orin Boyd who, not surprisingly, is having trouble trying to keep his “rogue cop” style from getting the better of him. After too many mishaps for his boss’ liking, Boyd is transferred to the 15th precinct, the worst street beat in the country. During his stay, Boyd witnesses some dodgy dealings on behalf of the actual police officers and does his best to investigate. What ensues is the standard, weed-out-the-good-cops-from-the-bad flick, with Seagal doing his best not to show his age in the various fight scenes he is involved in. Other stars of the film include gangster Latrell Walker, played by rap legend DMX, who has more to him than meets the eye.

Movie
The film aims more for the comedic side than a lot of the other cop movies, with Anthony Anderson and Tom Arnold providing much of the comic relief. It is in this style that the film seems to try a little too hard on pleasing the audience than getting around what could have been quite an interesting story. Instead, it is quite the standard fare, nothing we haven’t seen from the countless number of police action movies of the past.

Dodgy deals aplenty
Video
Roadshow come through once again with an exemplary transfer, as has become the norm for this distributor. All the dark colours of the seedy gangster world are perfect, as are the bright tones of their cars and the numerous explosions.

Presented in 2.35:1 widescreen and 16:9 enhanced, Exit Wounds is attractive to the eye and certainly adds to the enjoyment due to an almost faultless transfer.

Audio
The film has one audio track, being Dolby Digital 5.1. Some of the dialogue gets lost under the rap music and is noticeably softer than the volume of the action sequences (to keep you awake, perhaps?) but overall the speakers get quite a nice little workout, if not being overly remarkable.

Only English subtitles are supplied for this Region 4 disc.

The music in the film goes along way to ensuring the interest is maintained. Obviously DMX is a major player in the soundtrack as are a few other rap artists which my ignorant little ears couldn’t tell the difference between. Nevertheless, the choices for the music are solid and certainly do no harm when watching Seagal kick some butt.

The new police ab workout
Extras
A nice little package of extras, though nothing remarkable is present. We get the standard sort of making of featurette, running at around 18 minutes. Interesting enough to sit through, and fans of the film will enjoy the interviews etc, although most of the plot is blown in this short amount of time. But who watches the extras before the feature anyway?

We also get a few pages on the major cast and Director Andrzej Bartokowiak, with a page on each of them.

Anthony Anderson gets his own extra feature on the disc, which is basically a camera following him around for a day on the set. He tries his best to entertain and probably succeeds, with a few gags raising more than the occasional smile. Probably not worth repeat viewings, but a welcome addition to the disc nonetheless.

The is also a DMX music video of “Aint No Sunshine” which fans of the rapper will enjoy. The clip looks quite good, testament to the solid work on the transfer.

Finally the theatrical trailer is included. Why these are called extra features I don’t know, but good to see the standard is being kept. Not a very good trailer but its included so I won’t complain.

The Anderson and Arnold show
Overall
Mindless cop movies is what Seagal does best. Admittedly, it doesn’t seem that anything major was trying to be achieved when making this film, just the usual sort of action flick with a few interesting plot twists to maintain some interest. The transfer is superb and the audio pulls through admirably despite drowning out some voices. The extras could have been improved, but there has been a reasonable effort to create some value for money here. If you’re after an easy film to watch, this one’s it. Fans of Seagal and DMX will probably enjoy it more than most, but it’s certainly not the worst flick going around, and is improved by a solid DVD package.


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