SRP $29.99 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 2.0 BUENA VISTA

BUENA VISTA has released, “SCORCHER”, a disaster film coming right on the heels of the PARAMOUNT dvd release of “THE CORE”.  It’s discovered that the Chinese have been performing secret underground nuclear testing, and their shenanigans have caused plates around the Pacific to move at an ever-increasing speed. If they can’t be stopped, within 72 hours, the planet will go up in smoke!

Thankfully, a plan to stop the shifting has been devised. If a nuclear bomb is set off at the right, specific location, all will be well.  The location,….Los Angeles, California!  The plot is comprised of various subplots, most of which are plain silly and derivative of shows like “24”, but, somehow, there’s an unintended campiness, making “SCORCHER” a fun film.  Rutger Hauer plays the President of the United States, and while he deserves better than this, so does the rest of the cast given equally bad dialogue.  But, as corny as the dialogue is, and as ridiculous as the subplots are, “SCORCHER” is a hoot!

BUENA VISTA has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement.  It’s a sharp image, with rich colors, nary a glimpse of artifacting, and fine contrast.  Fleshtones appear natural throughout.

BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  While it’s not nearly as aggressive or creative as a disaster film soundmix calls for, it’s got a few surround moments. Separation is limited to the front soundstage for most of the film. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

Several trailers are included.