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TANGO & CASH ($25) is a somewhat over the top but fun action comedy starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. Stallone and Russell are the title characters two top Los Angels police detectives who are the bane of organized crime. Since just killing the two cops would turn them into martyrs, and bring down the wrath of the entire police force, the local crime boss comes up with a scheme to discredit them. Tango and Cash find themselves framed for murder and end up in prison where they are the targets of inmates and crooked guards alike.

Circumstances allow them to make a jail break, which gives Tango and Cash the opportunity to prove their innocence and go after the real bad guys. Stallone and Russell do well for themselves with their tongue-in-cheek performances. They have good chemistry together and make the perfect comic odd couple, forced together by fate. Jack Palance leaves no bit of scenery unchewed with one of his most manic performances. Terri Hatcher is little more than eye candy in the thankless role of Tango’s sister and requisite damsel in distress. Michael J. Pollard gives another one of his patented goofy performances as the weapons expert who helps Tango and Cash while they are on the run. The cast of TANGO & CASH also features Brion James, James Hong and Marc Alaimo.

Warner Home Video offers TANGO & CASH in both Letterboxed and pan and scan presentations on opposite sides of this DVD. The pan and scan transfer crops far too much information off the sides of the image to make for an enjoyable presentation. Color and image quality is acceptable on the pan and scan presentation. The Letterboxed transfer restores most of the film’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio and is quite pleasing. Image quality is quite good, with even the dark scenes appearing sharp and detailed. Colors appear natural looking throughout.

Warner Home Video has given TANGO & CASH a new Dolby Digital 5.1 channel re-mixed soundtrack for this DVD release. The mix has some nice channel separations in the front, but the surrounds were somewhat lacking. Also, the bass was a bit anemic. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround track as well as a French language track. Subtitles are available English, French and Spanish.

The interactive menus offer access to a theatrical trailer, production notes plus cast and crew biographies/filmographies.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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