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Ricochet

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Russell Mulcahy's action film Riccochet comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround, and a Spanish soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to cast biographies. For a disc with only a pan-and-scan image and without any compelling extras, this HBO/Rysher disc is priced a little ...
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Overview

Russell Mulcahy's action film Riccochet comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround, and a Spanish soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to cast biographies. For a disc with only a pan-and-scan image and without any compelling extras, this HBO/Rysher disc is priced a little high.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

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Ricochet is an appropriate name for a movie that shoots off in a dozen different directions. Russell Mulcahy's film can't decide whether it's about the perils of too much career ambition, the media's unapologetic attraction to sleaze, or white supremacy. That's right, just to make John Lithgow's scenery-chewing villain a bit nastier, he has a fleeting association with the Aryan Nation. One can never make too many predictions about an obsessed mind, but one of the problems with Ricochet is that Lithgow's Earl Talbot Blake fixates on Denzel Washington's cop-turned-DA, Nick Styles, just because Styles was a johnny-on-the-spot, foiling a very pathetic robbery attempt almost by dumb luck. The systematic character assassination that follows, after Blake escapes prison and fakes his own death, can be chilling at times, but it never feels warranted. However, the movie does see Styles' fall from grace as some kind of justified punishment for his lofty ambitions -- all part of a mixed message that becomes even harder to piece together once you consider the presence of the white supremacy group. It's hard not to come away from Ricochet without seeing it as some kind of racial morality play, where all the black characters -- even the lawless gangbanger played by Ice-T, conveniently introduced in the opening and then stashed until needed in the third act -- are righteous, and most if not all the whites are trying to bring them down. It has effective moments of tension, and some great individual scenes of paranoia by an addled Washington. But Ricochet ultimately collapses under too much bombast and absurdity, including an overblown climax, and one hilarious death scene, in which the character spits out a ridiculous sound bite just before expiring. Mulcahy and his team of screenwriters bit off more than they could chew on this one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/1998
  • UPC: 026359068324
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,813

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Nick Styles
John Lithgow Earl Talbot Blake
Ice-T Odessa
Kevin Pollak Larry
Lindsay Wagner Priscilla Brimleigh
Victoria Dillard Alice
John Cothran Jr. Farris
Josh Evans Kim
Ferne Cassel
Kevin Doyle
Prince Hughes
Robin Lippin
Mary Ellen Trainor Gail Wallens
John Amos Reverend Styles
Linda Dona Wanda
Matt Landers Chief Floyd
Lydell M. Cheshier R.C.
Starletta DuPois Mrs. Styles
Sherman Howard Kiley
Viveka Davis Babysitter
Rick Cramer Jesse
Don Perry Book Man
Miguel Sandoval Vaca
Carlos Lacamara Luis
Tom Finnegan Desk Sergeant
Mark Phelan Prison Doctor
Albie Selznick Blake's Lawyer
Frank Miller Parole Board Chairman
Anita Barone Waitress
Betty Carvalho Female Board Member
Leonard Turner Committee Chairman
Irene Forrest Cleaning Woman
Holly Kaplan Connie
Michele Landry Telethon Worker
Heidi Thomas Reporter
Robert Steinberg Reporter
Susan Lentini Reporter
Cylk Cozart Reporter
James Ishida Reporter
Lisa Hunter Reporter
Lisa Nelson Reporter
Ivan Roth City Hall Worker
John Rubinow ER Doctor
Tim de Zarn Skinhead
George Christy Talk Show Host
Marjorie Bransfeld Secretary
Jesse Ventura Clowalski
K. Todd Freeman Talk Show Guest
Technical Credits
Russell Mulcahy Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Fred Dekker Screenwriter
Scott Eddo Makeup
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Sam Gross Set Decoration/Design
James M. Halty Stunts
James Herbert Co-producer
Jaymes Hinkle Production Designer
Peter Honess Editor
Barry Josephson Producer
Michael Levy Producer
Peter Levy Cinematographer
Menno Meyjes Screenwriter
Ed Novick Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Orbom Set Decoration/Design
Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Lauren Rodriguez Special Effects
David Sardi Asst. Director
Steve Shagan Screenwriter
Joel Silver Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Suzanne Todd Co-producer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Christian Wagener Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits
2. Styles' Moves on (And off) the Court
3. Festival of Bloodshed
4. Styles vs. Blake; "Nothin' on Underneath."
5. Locker Room Promotion
6. Mind of Madman; "Something Heavy."
7. 2 Years Later: Busted
8. A New Challenge
9. Prison Warriors
10. The Night Strangler Trail
11. "I Got Things to Live For"
12. "What's Up, Odess?"
13. Parole Hearing; Six to Exit
14. Cliffside
15. "Remember Earl Talbot Blake?"
16. Towers Community Telethon; "Trouble?"
17. Mr. Power Man
18. "Ya Got a Light?"
19. "The Insanity Has Just Begun"
20. Face From the Past
21. Arm Wrestling; Drugged
22. Taping Session
23. "I'm Tellin' You He's Alive"
24. New Developments...Of a Delicate Nature
25. Play Me
26. Beating Up Bozo; Suspended
27. Blake's Personal Property; Night Chase
28. Safehouse?
29. "Top of the World"
30. The Tower
31. Reunited; "We're Live"
32. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Jump to A Scene
   Cast Bios
      Denzel Washington
      John Lithgow
      Ice-T
      Kevin Pollack
      Lindsay Wagner
      Russell Mulcahy
      Steven E. De Souza
   Languages
      English
      Français
      Español
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
   Special Features
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Promotional Spots
         "Hero Rap" (30 Seconds)
         "Revenge" (30 Seconds)
         "Obession" (30 Seconds)
         "TNT" (30 Seconds)
         "Review 1" (30 Seconds)
         "Afraid" (15 Seconds)
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