"THE MARINE" is one of those expensive on explosion effects films that proudly smirks at the idea of a strong narrative. Wrestling star John Cena stars as a Marine, discharged from the military, after choosing to disregard orders in order to save some soldier's lives. He's a man of principle, you see? Of course, he has a beautiful wife, Kelly Carlson, of "NIP/TUCK" fame. While taking a vacation, the lovers meet up with the film's villains, led by Robert Patrick in an unintentionally laughable performance. Cena's wife is kidnapped and the bulk of the film is built around him going to giant extremes in order to save her and exact justice. While really silly, it's no worse than a typical Chuck Norris film and the budget here is certainly higher than most of those films.
FOX has presented a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are over-saturated in many scenes. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of grain during a few sequences. Detail is generally impressive, often a major improvement over the standard dvd. However, this transfer lacks the depth found in other "superior" Blu-RAY releases from FOX.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix. From the opening scene to the last, bullets ricochet throughout all speakers and there are some fun effects. While the standard dvd is aggressive, the BLU-RAY's HD Lossless mix offers far better clarity and bass. Dialogue is always intelligible on both formats, but the BLU-RAY mix offers better fidelity. The bass is more impressive and balanced on the BLU-RAY mix as well.
Featurettes, all silly, are available.