Marine, The

Featured In Issue 119, April 2007

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After John Triton (Cena) is discharged from service in Iraq, he starts an unexciting and boring job as a security guard. But when his beautiful wife Kate (Carlson) is kidnapped, The Marine gets back into action and puts all his military training into effect as he goes after the thugs who have taken his wife. (Tricia Spears)

Special features are the same as on the DVD, except there are no up-front ads and they include the following featurettes: Declassified: The Making Of The Marine (11-1/2 minutes); World Premiere At Camp Pendleton ( 2-1/2 minutes); John Cena Features (available to watch in four different chapters, or in its 15-1/2 minutes entirety); and ten different WWE promotional featurettes, which can be viewed in a continuous 15-minute loop; the theatrical trailer; additional trailers; and up-front ads.

While the anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD doesn't look bad, with bright, vibrant colors and good shadow delineation, it doesn't look all that great either. Skin tones are far too red, details often look very soft, and a hazy look creates a very flat image. The problems found on the DVD are heightened even further in the Blu-ray Disc release, to a point where the image hardly looks high-definition. Blacks are richer and colors are slightly more vibrant when compared to the DVD, but it is still nothing spectacular. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is very bright, sometimes piercingly so, particularly in loud explosions. The surround channels are used rather infrequently, especially considering the genre, and when used are at low relative levels. The LFE channel, too, is delivered at low relative levels, and with deep bass in the full-range channels rarely dropping below 50 Hz at acceptable levels, it makes the soundtrack sound bright and thin—a bad combo. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless DTS-HD™ Master Audio encoding provides noticeably better fidelity, but dynamic range is not up to par with the best releases. The noise floor is fairly high, which doesn't help things any. (Danny Richelieu)