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    Unique ID Code: 0000037278
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 21/7/2002 12:40
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    Mean Machine (US)

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    Inside for 3 years, outside for 90 minutes
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 99 mins
    Retail Price: $29.99
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    From the producer of Snatch comes this rousing, rough-and-tumble story that shows spirit and heart can exist in the most unlikely places… and in the most unlikely men.

    Ex-soccer star Danny Meehan (Vinnie Jones) was sitting on top of the world… until a sports fixing scam ruined his career and an assault charge landed him jail. When the prison`s soccer-crazed warden (David Hemmings) asks Danny to coach the guard`s soccer team, Danny counters with another idea: a match between the guards and the convicts. For the inmates, it`s the dream of a lifetime: a dirty no-holds barred chance to face the malicious guards. But first, Danny must turn a group of murderers, thieves and madmen into something unthinkable: a team. Based on the film classic The Longest Yard, Mean Machine scores with its lineup of gritty action, colorful characters and hilarious comedy.

    Special Features:

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Barry Skolnick

    Written By:

    Vas Blackwood
    Ralph Brown
    David Hemmings
    David Kelly
    Vinnie Jones

    Casting By:
    Gary Davy

    Soundtrack By:
    John Murphy
    Jeff Cardoni

    Director of Photography:
    Alex Barber

    Dayn Williams
    Eddie Hamilton

    Costume Designer:
    Stephanie Collie

    Production Designer:
    Russell De Rosario

    Guy Ritchie
    Georgia Masters
    Adam Bohling

    Executive Producer:
    Matthew Vaughn
    Albert S. Ruddy
    Cynthia Pett-Dante

    Paramount Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    I was expecting an action packed movie, but got a nice (black?!?) comedy instead.
    Jones gives yet another brilliant performance as an ex-soccer star who got himself in jail.
    The video transfer is average. There are a few compression signs and the picture could`ve been a bit clearer.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is good. The surrounds are used occasionally and the dialogs are well centered and understandable (despite the various heavy accents).
    The menus are still and silent.
    There are no extras on the disk at all.
    The disk includes 2 versions of the movie, with the "local" one being about a minute longer than the R-rated one.
    Bottom line - a nice little movie, but, alas, not a good disk.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 21/7/2002 17:02