Def-Con 4

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Sci-fi and action mix in the futuristic 1980s movie Def-Con 4. Anchor Bay has done a good job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The studio has made sure that this is a very clean print sporting only the slightest amount of edge enhancement and grain in a few scenes. Overall, the colors and black levels are well saturated with flesh tones appearing natural. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and sounds very flat and uninspiring. While the dialogue, effects, and music are all clear of any...
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Sci-fi and action mix in the futuristic 1980s movie Def-Con 4. Anchor Bay has done a good job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The studio has made sure that this is a very clean print sporting only the slightest amount of edge enhancement and grain in a few scenes. Overall, the colors and black levels are well saturated with flesh tones appearing natural. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and sounds very flat and uninspiring. While the dialogue, effects, and music are all clear of any excessive distortion or hiss, the bulk of this soundtrack lacks any true fidelity or depth. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are available on this disc. The sole extra feature available on this edition of Def-Con 4 is a theatrical trailer for the film presented in anamorphic widescreen.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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This odd little entry into the 1980's cycle of post-apocalyptic sci-fi films is modest but entertaining stuff for genre fans. Def-Con 4 has an interesting structure, starting as a claustrophobic drama between astronauts aboard a ship before returning to earth. The events of the second and third acts will be of a more familiar variety to genre fans but the script has an attentiveness to characterization and theme that helps it rise above many of its post-apocalyptic competitors. Paul Donovan's direction is solid if somewhat hampered by budgetary limitations. His action scenes are a bit lacking in visual pizzazz but he makes up for that with an ability to get good performances from his cast: Tim Choate makes a likeably atypical hero, Maury Chaykin brings a quiet intensity to his role as a pragmatic survivor and Kevin King lends an amusing cold-bloodedness and intelligence to his role as the youthful king of the wasteland. In short, Def-Con 4 is not as challenging or bracing as other post-apocalyptic efforts but its thoughtfulness and attention to small details pays off nicely, making it worth a look for genre buffs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • UPC: 013131138795
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lenore Zann J.J.
Maury Chaykin Vinny
Kate Lynch Jordan
Kevin King Gideon Hayes
Kevin King Gideon Hayes
John Walsch Walker
Tim Choate Howe
Jeff Pustil Lacey
Donna King Alice
Alan MacGillivray Boomer
Florence Paterson Mrs. Boyd
Peter Falconer Boat Guard
Al Foster Oldster
Geoff Harrington Vicious Trouper
Karen Kennedy WWN Newscaster
Hugh Orr Squad Leader
Bruce Piercy Squad Leader
Ken Ryan Newscaster
Technical Credits
Paul Donovan Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Doug Connell Cinematographer
Michael Donovan Producer
B.G. Gilliam Producer
Emanuel Jannasch Production Designer
Les Krizsan Cinematographer
Maura O'Connell Producer
Todd Ramsay Editor
Michael Spence Editor
J.W. Walch Production Designer
Christopher Young Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/main Titles [2:03]
2. Message From Home [3:48]
3. This Is Not A Drill [4:14]
4. Missle Attack [3:07]
5. "your Wife Is Dead" [4:05]
6. Unplanned Re-entry [3:21]
7. Death At The Door [3:54]
8. Survivors [4:27]
9. J.j. [5:15]
10. Ambush Is The Woods [1:15]
11. Military Operation [3:29]
12. Hell On Earth [3:00]
13. Gideon Hayes [3:09]
14. The Cell [4:14]
15. Boomer [4:33]
16. Old Flames [3:02]
17. Judge And Jury [4:02]
18. Stay Of Execution [4:55]
19. Lethal Injection [3:16]
20. Taking Action [3:53]
21. Desperate Rescue [4:26]
22. "let's Get Back To The Boat!" [2:31]
23. J.j.'s Revenge [2:26]
24. Nuclear Annihilation [1:12]
25. End Credits [4:03]
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