Posted in Disc Reviews by Carly Peters
This straight to DVD release by Columbia-Tristar was an average film, but a lack-luster DVD. Here is a little bit about the premise by Columbia-Tristar…
“When William Conroy (Rob Lowe), a former college professor, is sentenced to life in prison for vehicular manslaughter it seems his life is over. But, when a fellow inmate tells Conroy that in the past two years fourteen inmates have died at the prison, and then turns up dead the next day, Conroy realizes he is in more…danger than he ever imagined.Conroy’s suspicions are confirmed when, while on his way to a parole hearing, the van carrying the inmates’ crashes. Seizing the opportunity, Conroy flees the scene and elicits the help of his lawyer. What the two discover is a grisly murder ring set up within the prison walls that incriminates those at the highest levels of the correctional system.”
Audio selections include English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) or 2-Channel (Dolby Surround). The audio was average through most of the film. There are a lot of action sequences in the film which could have been enhanced by better sound quality of the effects. Also during fight scenes the audio seems to become muffed with all the sounds meshing into on another. The DVD offers subtitles in Spanish and in English for the hearing impaired.
The film is presented in 16X9 widescreen, with no options to change it to standard size. Again, like the audio, this feature was average. There was a slight lack of crispness one might like in their DVDs. If you are the type of person who buys a DVD solely for its quality and unique features you may just want to rent this film from Blockbuster.
The Proximity DVD is fairly mundane special features wise. Under the features menu you can select to read very thorough filmographies on theMain characters and director Scott Ziehl, watch the trailer for the film and a trailer archive of four other films. It will take you all of 15 minutes to get through all the special features on this disc. Since this film was a straight-to-video release, I guess Columbia-Tristar decided to exclude the making of Proximity or any other features that give incite to the film.
Special Features List