The Marine 2 DVD Review

The Marine 2
Releasing On: December 29, 2009
Screen Format: Widescreen – 1.78:1 (All)
Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio/5.1 Dolby Digital in Spanish/French (BD)
English 5.1 Dolby Digital/Dolby Surround in Spanish/French (DVD)
DVD Price: $29.99 U.S. (BD)
$22.98 U.S. (DVD)
$34.98 U.S. (DVD two-pack)

Feature Running Time: 95 Minutes
DVD Rating: R
Closed Captioned: Yes

Blu-ray Disc and DVD Special Features:
• Behind-the-scenes footage of climactic fight scenes
• Making of terrorist siege sequence
• Profile of Ted DiBiase including interviews with Ted DiBiase Sr. and brother Brett
• Inside look at Thailand film shoot
• Deleted and extended scenes

The Marine 2 is WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s second installment of The Marine movie franchise – debuting on Blu-ray Disc (BD) and DVD next week. Inspired by a true story, The Marine 2 was shot entirely on location in Phuket, Thailand and stars WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase as Marine recon sniper Joe Linwood. DiBiase has both the good movie star looks and the total believability with his chemistry with his wife in the movie, as well as likability with the audience to rally around his character.   Linwood takes a trip to paradise (gorgeous, breathtaking landscapes in Southeast Asia) with his wife who is there on a ‘work trip’  for a retreat for a uptight ‘how to make money and have it all’ author, when the trip takes a turn for the worst.  Guerrillas/terrorists take control of the five-star resort and start taking the hostages, demanding a  substantial ransom. Linwood’s wife is one of the hostages and when it looks like the officials can’t make any headway on the crisis, Linwood takes matters into his own hands.

The pacing is the movie is appropriate and the casting was well done (don’t miss the trigger happy bad guy).  There were some moments of unbelievability (the countless dud-like grenades, among other small details), but they can be glossed over in terms of the overall enjoyment of the movie.  Out of all the WWE Films, this is one of the better ones.  Of course the ultimate star of the movie is DiBiase who proves that he can be a new actor worth rallying behind and has a much stronger action film future than his other peers in sports entertainment in recent years.

The BD will be available for a suggested retail price of $29.99 U.S. and the DVD for $22.99 U.S.

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