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Above the Law
     

Above the Law

4.5 2
Director: Andrew Davis

Cast: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva

 

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Above the Law explodes onto single-layered DVD in two picture formats: widescreen anamorphic (1.85:1 aspect ratio) and standard full-screen (1.33:1 aspect ratio). The audio track options included are English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0), with subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French. Closed captioning is also available. Special

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Above the Law explodes onto single-layered DVD in two picture formats: widescreen anamorphic (1.85:1 aspect ratio) and standard full-screen (1.33:1 aspect ratio). The audio track options included are English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0), with subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French. Closed captioning is also available. Special features include some production notes and the usual original theatrical trailers, but no behind-the-scenes "making of" documentary or featurette. Despite being remastered in Dolby 5.1, the sound quality is only fair, and seems to be mono throughout much of the film.

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Hollywood heavyweight Michael Ovitz hoped to prove that he could make anyone a star by arranging a meeting between Warner Bros. and his aikido instructor, Steven Seagal. In fact, at 6'4," with a sixth degree black belt and an ego to match, the reasonably handsome Seagal already easily possessed the makings of a bankable action hero. Above the Law is the first movie to result from the actor's contract to make martial arts films for Warner Bros., its success setting the tone for a decade of Seagal flicks. Playing Chicago cop Nico Toscani, Seagal begins his reign as the skilled vigilante -- a man with the competence and the arrogance to defy rules in order to abolish crime. This is the motivation for each quick and impressive fight scene, as the actor swiftly pummels his way through the city's injustice. Above the Law also begins to outline Seagal's political and moral agendas -- exploring Vietnam, drugs, immigration, corruption, and spirituality. Such a broad plot makes the action film even more superficial, but it also allows for a large supporting cast to complement its star. Veteran actors Pam Grier and Henry Silva, along with a younger Sharon Stone, provide support and chemistry for the neophyte Seagal -- letting his heroic persona shine without too many theatrical slip-ups.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/1998
UPC:
0085391178620
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Interactive menus; Production notes; 8 theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages: English and Español; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steven Seagal Nico Toscani
Pam Grier Delores Jackson
Henry Silva Zagon
Ron Dean Lukich
Daniel Faraldo Salvano
Sharon Stone Sara Toscani
Nick Kusenko Agent Neeley
Joe V. Greco Father Gennaro
Chelcie Ross Nelson Fox
Thalmus Rasulala Deputy Superintendent Crowder
Gregory Alan Williams Agent Halloran
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina Bomb Woman
Miguel Nino Chi Chi
Jack Wallace Uncle Branca
Metta Davis Rosa Toscani
Joseph Kosala Lt. Strozah
Ronnie Barron CIA Bartender
Joe D. Lauck Senator Harrison
Henry Godinez Father Tomasino
Danny Goldring Zagon's Aide
Gene Barge Detective Henderson
Mike James Officer O'Hara
India Cooper Sanctuary Nun
Christopher Peditto Pimp
Rafael Gonzalez Abandano
Cheryl Hamada Watanabe
Ralph Foody Federal Clerk
Alex Ross Luigi
Toni Fleming Grandma Zingaro
Gene Hartline Man in Bar
Rom Milanovich Man in Bar
Michael Rooker Men in Bar
Lee de Broux CIA Interrogator
Patrick Gorman CIA Interrogator
Le Tuan Interpreter
Dennis Phun Asian Prisoner
April Tran Asian Prisoner
Chantara Nop Cambodian Irregular
Al Rasho Grocery Owner
Mike Coglianese Branca's Bodyguard
Sandy Holt Hostess
Mike Nakayama NEC Show Rep
Zaid Farid Street Dude
Juan Ramirez Machete Man
Mario Nieves Man with Gun
Terry Stewart Machete Man's Buddy
Anthony Cannata Wiseguy Hitman
Lisa Tejero Refugee Woman
Chris Karchmar Refugee Man
John Drummond TV Reporter
Clare Peck Judge Alspaugh
Tom Muzila Aikido Fighter
Craig Dunn Aikido Fighter
Gary Goldman CIA Interrogator

Technical Credits
Andrew Davis Director,Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Maher Ahmad Production Designer
Bill Arnold Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Brewer Special Effects
Michael Brown Editor
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Billy DaMota Casting
John Eskow Screenwriter
David Michael Frank Score Composer
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Ed McDonald Set Decoration/Design
Ned Parsons Art Director
Steven Pressfield Screenwriter
Randall Robinson Camera Operator
Steven Seagal Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Ronald Shusett Screenwriter
Leonard Solis Special Effects
Robert Solo Executive Producer
Robert Steadman Cinematographer
John G. Wilson Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Master class [2:43]
2. Chem interrogation [3:24]
3. Make you disappear [2:31]
4. Christening day [3:05]
5. Jax's suitor [:56]
6. Bar blast [4:27]
7. Surveillance [4:11]
8. Meat market mayhem [3:32]
9. Nico on top [2:40]
10. Free to go [2:07]
11. Questionable order [2:20]
12. The hiding place [4:15]
13. Sunday Mass [4:51]
14. Salvaro connection [1:54]
15. Cleanup in hood [5:25]
16. Under arrest [3:49]
17. Suspension [2:00]
18. Intended target [3:29]
19. Ambush [3:07]
20. "I wanna be #1" [4:17]
21. A killing team [2:38]
23. Preist in pearl [1:51]
24. Officer down [3:19]
25. Rapid transit [1:39]
26. Lethal pride? [3:09]
27. Heart-to-heart [5:57]
28. Free for all [2:29]
29. Just for the fun [1:11]
30. Kitchen cleanup [2:00]
31. Personal Thanks [3:23]
0. Above law no more
Side #2 --
1. Master class [2:43]
2. Chem interrogation [3:24]
3. Make you disappear [2:31]
4. Christening day [3:05]
5. Jax's suitor [:56]
6. Bar blast [4:27]
7. Surveillance [4:11]
8. Meat market mayhem [3:32]
9. Nico on top [2:40]
10. Free to go [2:07]
11. Questionable order [2:20]
12. The hiding place [4:15]
13. Sunday Mass [4:51]
14. Salvaro connection [1:54]
15. Cleanup in hood [5:25]
16. Under arrest [3:49]
17. Suspension [2:00]
18. Intended target [3:29]
19. Ambush [3:07]
20. "I wanna be #1" [4:17]
21. A killing team [2:38]
23. Preist in pearl [1:51]
24. Officer down [3:19]
25. Rapid transit [1:39]
26. Lethal pride? [3:09]
27. Heart-to-heart [5:57]
28. Free for all [2:29]
29. Just for the fun [1:11]
30. Kitchen cleanup [2:00]
31. Personal Thanks [3:23]
0. Above law no more

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Above the Law 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the film that launched Seagal's career. That and some help from his wife Kelly Le Brock and Sean Connery. Some of the scenes are very autobiographical as Seagal did develop a crazy dream to go to the far east. This is a good conspiracy film and there are some great buttkicking scenes
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who is better Seagal or Grier. Does the film get any better than Code of Silence,Hard to Kill,The Protector. Who is the better director for kung fu films Robert Clouse or Andreq Davis. Cool but funky flick of the 1980s.