One of the funniest stories that this reviewer heard, capturing the essence of "who" Steven Seagal really is, had to do with the "actor" seeing Julianna Margulies walking on the WB lot to her job on the newly successful "E.R." Seagal was purportedly on the set of his film and seeing Margulies yelled, "Hey Margulies, why don't you come over here and pay your respect!" All this stupidity because Seagal believed he was responsible for her newfound success for approving her for a small part in "OUT FOR JUSTICE." Much like "DEATH WISH," "OUT FOR JUSTICE" came across as a much better film to this reviewer when he was a youngster. 16 years later, the film comes across as extremely dated, predictable, and pretty dull.
WARNER BROS. has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The image is one of the most inconsistent high-def transfers we've encountered so far. At times, the image offers excellent detail and color levels, but in the next scene, excessive noise and soft, dull colors pervade. It goes back and forth like this throughout the film. This is a problematic transfer and prevents it being recommended, even for die-hard fans of the film(if any still exist).
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix. While notably better than its dvd counterpart, this isn't an aggressive or effective mix. Dynamic range is limited and bass is flat. Dialogue is always intelligible but the overall fidelity of the whole mix is just ok.
Perhaps newer and "better" Seagal films from WB, like "UNDER SIEGE 2", will fare better on HD-DVD.