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Eye of the Tiger
     

Eye of the Tiger

Director: Richard Sarafian

Cast: Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, Seymour Cassel

 
Eye Of The Tiger receives a solid, no-frills treatment on this disc from MGM. The film looks excellent thanks to a strong anamorphic, widescreen transfer that really brings out the beauty of Peter Lyons Collister's unexpectedly lush photography. In terms of audio, the disc includes a Dolby 2.0 surround stereo mix that works nicely for the film, keeping the

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Eye Of The Tiger receives a solid, no-frills treatment on this disc from MGM. The film looks excellent thanks to a strong anamorphic, widescreen transfer that really brings out the beauty of Peter Lyons Collister's unexpectedly lush photography. In terms of audio, the disc includes a Dolby 2.0 surround stereo mix that works nicely for the film, keeping the dialogue level crisp while also blending the effects and music nicely. It isn't as active as a 5.1 mix would be but it is good for a film of this vintage. Sadly, the disc is a bit light on extras: the sole bonus is the film's theatrical trailer but the film's catalog-title price point softens the blow. It also helps that the aforementioned trailer is a corker, a fun hard-sell that includes virtually every bit of action in the film! In short, this disc offers a nice, price-conscious way for action fans to get acquainted with the charms of this b-movie from the 1980's.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Eye Of The Tiger takes its title -- and part of its soundtrack -- from the song of the same name by Survivor but the music is incidental to the action here. Michael Montgomery's script takes a basic revenge-film scenario and gives it a lean, straight-faced treatment that keeps the slender storyline moving at just the right pace, with the right amount of color to keep things interesting. Richard Sarafian gives the tale a stylish veneer, making effective use of Peter Lyons Collister's slick cinematography and some atmospheric locations to give the film the feel of a modernized Western. He also handles the action, peppering the film with a handful of setpieces and standoffs that get the blood pumping. Best of all, the film has a fantastic cast: Gary Busey makes for a charismatic and sympathetic hero while William Smith creates a mysterious, frightfully intense bad guy. Elsewhere, Seymour Cassel chews the scenery in an endearing manner as the town's sleazy sheriff and Yaphet Kotto lends solid support as the one lawman willing to come to Busey's aid. The end result is modest but effective -- it won't be confused for a classic but it gets the job done with style and economy. In short, anyone who likes action fare -- particularly that of the 1980's variety -- will find Eye Of The Tiger to be a tidy little surprise.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
UPC:
0027616920553
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

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Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Busey Buck Mathews
Yaphet Kotto J.B. Deveraux
Seymour Cassel Sheriff
Bert Remsen Father Healey
William Smith Blade
Kimberlin Ann Brown Dawn
Denise Galik Christie
Judith Barsi Jennifer Matthews
Jimmy Dirkson Douglas Actor
Brigette Muller Kidnapped Girl
Thomas Rosales Jamie's Relative
Jim Staskel Raider-Napper
Nicolas Testa Rolls Royce Driver
Eric Boles Doctor
Joe Brooks Jake
Kathryn Fuller Bingo Lady
Jorge Gil Jamie
Amelia Haas Melody
Ray Habercorn Police Officer
Cooper Huckabee Roger
Ted Markland Floyd
Timothy Scott Deputy
Mike Walter Ray
Douglas Dirkson Jimmy

Technical Credits
Richard Sarafian Director
Michael Barrett Special Effects
Jon G. Belyeu Special Effects
John David Coles Special Effects
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer
Kurt Gauger Set Decoration/Design
Dan Hartman Songwriter
Richard Helmer Special Effects
Barbara Inglehart Costumes/Costume Designer
Gunther Jennings Special Effects
Kathryn Miles Logan Makeup
Lori McClellan Costumes/Costume Designer
Charlie Midnight Songwriter
Michael Montgomery Screenwriter
Michael Montgomery Screenwriter
Herb Nanas Executive Producer
Jim Peterick Songwriter
David Peterson Special Effects
Gregory Prange Editor
Don Preston Score Composer
James Schwalm Special Effects
Tony Scotti Producer
Rick Shaine Editor
Louis Siegfried Special Effects
Wayne Springfield Art Director
Freddie Sullivan Songwriter
Tom Thelen Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Pan and Scan
1. Free/Main Title [5:01]
2. Home [6:38]
3. Starting Over [5:37]
4. Vigilante-Samaritan [5:06]
5. Premonition [6:20]
6. A Prayer for Vengeance [5:38]
7. Alone [6:04]
8. Taking Care of Business [5:25]
9. Using His Head [6:06]
10. Self-Defense [5:25]
11. Out for Blood [4:56]
12. Bingo! [6:41]
13. "Got a Plan?" [5:43]
14. All-Out Assault [5:44]
15. Delivering the Garbage [5:31]
16. One-on-One/End Credits [5:53]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Free/Main Title [5:01]
2. Home [6:38]
3. Starting Over [5:37]
4. Vigilante-Samaritan [5:06]
5. Premonition [6:20]
6. A Prayer for Vengeance [5:38]
7. Alone [6:04]
8. Taking Care of Business [5:25]
9. Using His Head [6:06]
10. Self-Defense [5:25]
11. Out for Blood [4:56]
12. Bingo! [6:41]
13. "Got a Plan?" [5:43]
14. All-Out Assault [5:44]
15. Delivering the Garbage [5:31]
16. One-on-One/End Credits [5:53]

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