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DVD Review

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Street Wars


Starring: Steven Seagal and Byron Mann
Optimum Home Entertainment
RRP: £15.99
Certificate: 15
Available 25 April 2011

Elijah Kane (Steven Seagal) leads a team of undercover cops working the streets of Seattle. A chance death at a nightclub leads the team into a fight to remove a new deadly drug from the streets. To complicate matters the team have to take on a new rookie as well as the unwelcome presence of an obnoxious documentary maker…

Street Wars (2011 - 1 hr, 26 min, 49 sec) is another in the series of television shows - True Justice - which Steven Seagal made for television, in fact the show ran for thirteen episodes, though it does not look like it will find a station willing to take it on, hence the strange affair of each episode being released as if it were a ‘made for television’ movie.

Much like Deadly Crossing, the show is slickly made even if it does resort to every modern television cliché. The acting remains good, for television, but falls down as it lacks the cinematic sweep of a true movie, so never really gets away from its television sensibilities.

The script, like the acting is workman like, nothing really dreadful, but also nothing which raises it above the competition.

I guess my biggest complaint against this average fare is that if Optimum release each part of the show as a TV movie then for what was/is a relatively short season of thirteen episodes, it is going to cost Seagal fans a small fortune to collect the show.

The picture quality is excellent and you get the option of either an English 2,0 or 5,1 DD audio track. The disc contains no extras apart for the trailer.


Charles Packer

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