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Directed by John Irvin
USA 1980

 

Jamie Shannon (Walken) is a cynical warrior-for-hire who only ever feels truly alive in the heat of battle, and now he s about to take on the most challenging assignment of his career: to invade a corrupt African dictatorship and shift control to the "puppet" of a powerful British corporation. To prepare, Shannon masterfully trains and equips a squad of deadly mercenaries with the latest and most destructive tactics and military hardware. But as their explosive assault begins, Shannon finds himself embroiled in an internal conflict of his own. Will this be his greatest triumph, or has he sold his soul along with his battle expertise?

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Mercenary soldiers Jamie (Christopher Walken) and Drew (Tom Berenger) are hired by a large corporation to liberate Zangaro, a small African nation, from an iron-fisted despot. Once there, Jamie ends up in jail. After being brutally tortured, he is helped by Dr. Okoye (Winston Ntshona), a political prisoner, and learns more about the plight of the country's people. After Jamie is freed, he becomes disillusioned with his wealthy employers and joins the Zangaro people on the revolutionary front.

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Theatrical Release: December 17th, 1980

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Review: Eureka Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Eureka Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:58:47.662 / US version: 1:44:01.818        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,621,079,061 bytes

International: 35,563,608,576 bytes

US Version: 12,079,193,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.80 Mbps / 13.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate International version Blu-ray:

Bitrate US version Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
US version:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English (only on International version), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Eureka Entertainment

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,621,079,061 bytes

International: 35,563,608,576 bytes

US Version: 12,079,193,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.80 Mbps / 13.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Two versions of the film, the International Cut (118 mins) and the American Cut (104 mins) both presented in 1080p
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:32)
Limited Edition Collector's booklet featuring a reprint of Pauline Kael's original review of the film [First print run only]


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 14th, 2019
Standard Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12 / 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Eureka Entertainment Blu-ray (September 2019): Eureka Entertainment have transferred the 1980 Christopher Walken 'actioner' The Dogs of War to Blu-ray. There are two versions of the film, the International Cut (118 minutes) and the American Cut (104 minutes) both presented in 1080p in separate transfers on a dual-layered disc. The International has a max'ed out bitrate where the shorter US version is only almost 1/3rd of that bitrate. The quality differences are more noticeable in-motion but, obviously, the International version looks much better - smoother and no compression artifacts. The 'International Cut' image is tight with depth and solid detail. It looks very impressive at times.

On their Blu-ray, Eureka Entertainment use linear PCM 2.0 channel tracks (24-bit for the 'International' and 16-bit for the 'US version') in the original English language. The 'fighting' sequences export depth and the frequent aggressive effects are impactful via the uncompressed transfer. The score is by Geoffrey Burgon (Brideshead Revisited), sounding supportive, and occasionally uplifting, as it runs beside the film. Eureka Entertainment offer optional English subtitles, for the International version only, on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Eureka Entertainment Blu-ray aside from the two versions, only offers a trailer and limited edition collector's booklet featuring a reprint of Pauline Kael's original review of the film (first run only).

A perfect role for Walken - a sullen, impenetrable mercenary... on a mission that includes a subtext of personal revenge. Oorah. The Dogs of War is quite a good adventure with some intense action sequences. I admit I enjoyed it - mostly because of the lead performance. I don't rate having the US version as a Blu-ray supplement but it doesn't take away from the fine International cut transfer's robust-ness. Yeah - it's a film I will watch again. I hope you like it as much. 

Gary Tooze

 


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