- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles: English, English SDH
- Region: A
- Rating: R
- Discs: 1
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Blu-ray Release Date: November 9, 2010
- List Price: $29.99
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“Direct-to-Video” should be enough of a description to tell you about the ultimate quality of this “film.” Add to that “TapouT” and “MMA” and you should know what you’re in for before you even crack open the seal on the package. Locked Down is yet another generic fight film from the TapouT brand, this time they take a stab at the age-old classic — the prison film.
A cop, Danny (Tony Schiena,) is framed during an investigation and sent to the Blackwater Penitentiary where he finds the place is really run by the crime boss Anton Vargas (Vinnie Jones) and his prison guard girlfriend Flores (Bai Ling). Vargas forces Danny into his underground cage-fighting ring. He must fight to survive, staying alive long enough to clear his name and get out of prison.
Locked Down delivers on its target audience’s expectations of bloody brawls, naked girls, and rough language, but besides that there’s not much else going on in this ridiculous C-grade flick and these TapouT videos are all beginning to bleed together into one big story — see one, you’ve seen them all.
Locked Down was originally captured in high definition, but its low budget hinders its image quality, which is soft and often times swarming in video noise. Other than that, flesh tones are natural and shadow delineation is good, but contrast is a bit hot in places.
The main audio track is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that is rather boring, to say the least. The surround channels aren’t very engaged, other than some haphazardly added discrete effects on occasion and some low-level atmospherics. Otherwise, the sound across the front is active and wide, but high frequencies sound a bit tizzy in the metal/hip-hop hybrid musical soundtrack.
The video supplements are all in standard definition, rather brief in length, and self-congratulatory, as if they were working on a masterpiece. They won’t even require a first viewing much less repeat ones.
The supplements provided with this release are:
- Commentary with Writer/Director Daniel Zirilli and Actor Tony Schiena
- Behind the Scenes (1.78:1; 480i/60;0:04.17)
- Fight Choreography on the Set of Locked Down (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:02.00)
- Interviews with MMA Fighters, Cast and Crew (1.78:1; 480i/60)
- TapouT Promos
- Locked Down Trailer (1.78:1; 480i/60)
The Definitive Word
Locked Down is a silly, poorly scripted movie that exists solely as an exploitative exercise in sex and violence. The TapouT series remains something that will only appeal to hardcore MMA fans.
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