Poorly derived from every prison movie(good and bad), as well as the corn from the worst melodramas, "SHACKLES" is now available on dvd. D.L. Hughley plays a former teacher, fired after beating a kid into a coma. He gets a chance at redemption when offered a job teaching English in a juvenile detention center. Unfortunately, what might have been interesting, is only boring! The narrative structure to the film fails on every level, filled with horrible dialogue and needless split-screen. While the concept of having two parallel scenes running at the same time can sometimes work, at least "one" of them should be interesting, and here neither of them are remotely involving.
SONY has provided a 1.85:1 image with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and even vibrant at times, especially when considering the prison atmosphere. There is frequent, but unobtrusive grain.
SONY has provided a DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix. Surrounds are utilized throughout the film, enhancing the gritty prison atmosphere. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
SONY has included a lot of extras, including deleted scenes, with optional commentary, and a running commentary. The commentary is relentless in its self-indulgence. These guys really believe they've made a great film! Unbelievable!