Replicant (2001) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action
Lions Gate || R - 100 minutes - $19.99 || August 11, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-08-21


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Ringo Lam
Writer(s): Larry Riggins, Les Weldon (written by)
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker


Theatrical Release Date: September 18, 2001


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboards
  • Photo Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Jake (Michael Rooker) is on the trail of a serial killer named Garrotte (Jean-Claude Van Damme). He is burning another of his victims when the cops find his location, and a giant chase ensues that somehow only involves Jake and the killer. Jake manages to corner him, or so he thinks, until he hits Jake with his car and barrels over a fence. Desperate to stop him, he fires a few shots but Garrotte gets away and of course in true movie fashion, the rest of the entire cop squad shows up just as he gets away. What a shame, but also very convenient.

But Garrotte made the error of leaving some of his DNA at the scene of the crime, since he was bleeding before he left. The scientists have managed to create a clone, or a REPLICANT (Dun dun dun) of, well, Garrotte, and want him to track down himself. The idea of this is to have the clone lead them to the real killer and assassinate him. Yeah, itís incredibly far-fetched and doesnít make any sense what so ever, as though I would think the replicant would be a killer similar to the one it was cloned, but sure. With the serial killer still at large, itís up to Replicant (Jean-Claude Van Damme) to stop Garotte. Can he stop him before itís too late, or will the killing spree continue?

Even though the film suffers from age, crappy special effects, stupid storylines, and about eighty other things wrong with it, I didnít hate it. Itís true that the acting is on the below-average scale, the story so out there that even I couldnít find it enjoying, but itís still a good night of Friday fun. The fact you would clone a serial killer to get a clone of that serial killer to stop that serial killer but then not have to stop the serial killer you cloned is ludicrous. Iím sure that last statement made sense somehow, so just try and understand what Iím trying to say, okay?

The action is here, but Van Damme doesnít belong in these Sci-Fi Action films though, he belongs in the martial arts type flicks. Heís better off there, mainly because he as a deranged serial killer and then the clone of that serial killer who has been retrained for good is just too stupid to believe. That being said though, I still found this to be good fun; I just had to ignore the storyline and other things to find it enjoyable. So will you.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Van Damme and Michael Rooker: Rooker does most of the talking on this one, as Damme only chimes in from time to time (unless I got their voices mixed up, then itís vice versa obviously). Rooker isnít exactly Mr. Entertaining on this track, and thereís a fair amount of dead-air, so this one is strictly for fans of the film only. The audio levels on this one were really low and I had to crank the volume up to hear.

Deleted Scenes (20 minutes): A handful of scenes that didnít make it into the movie can be seen here, but after grudgingly sitting through all of these I can honestly say thereís nothing here of real value. That, and the production quality is horrible on these and that darn time counter takes up too much of the screen.

Finally, some Storyboards and Photo Gallery are available.

Normally I donít do this, but I gave this one a small boost since the menu is snazzy. Props Lionsgate, Props.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a catalog release, this one doesnít look too bad. Colors are a bland though, and the color palette does appear outdated. Colors are faded out and the flesh tones of the cast make them look like ghosts. I barely saw grain, if any, the entire film, including the dark scenes. That is a huge plus for me, and major kudoís to Lionsgate for accomplishing that one. Black levels were great as well, as I didnít notice any noise reduction or artifacts present. There also werenít any issues with white levels (which after a few of my past reviews I am really thankful for), but the problem I had was once again with the color and depth of the movie. It just doesnít look ďrealĒ enough for me but thatís understandable due to the filmís age.

The normally demo material available from Lionsgate takes a step back on this one, as the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix just didnít give me the impression I had been hoping for. Dialogue levels are low but not to the point of where I struggled to hear (unlike the commentary). They do however when I could hear them were engaging, and surround use was used properly. In fact, the surround sound to this film sounded better than the dialogue itself, which is really strange to write. The gunshots sounded phenomenal, as did the action sequences, of which there are several. I was just solely disappointed with the audio on this one.



.::OVERALL::.

Yeah I like the cheesy action films, but I just couldnít get into this one as much as I normally do for some reason. Van Damme is a great action star, but nowhere near as my other hero Seagal. The technical package sounds and looks great, but not to the level Iíve come to expect from Lionsgate. Features are also a complete yawn, although I must say that the menu is neato. Replicant is one to be replicated in your collection if you enjoy the genre, if not, a rental. Replicated means copy right? Well if it doesnít, it needs to be changed.