Red Scorpion (Blu-ray)

Posted in: Disc Reviews by J C on June 19th, 2012

(out of 5)



  1. Robin
    06/27/2012 @ 9:06 pm

    “Unfortunately, many indoor and nighttime scenes look hopelessly grainy”

    You should instead be thankful Synapse Films didn’t use any DNR to smooth out the film grain and lose a lot fine details.

    I recommend you to watch these two videos

  2. John Ceballos
    06/28/2012 @ 12:45 am


    Believe it or not, I don’t always go against the grain. (Sorry…I realize that was painful, but I couldn’t resist.)

    The reason I was so harsh on the grain in this particular film is simply because it looked so bad that it jarred me from my movie-watching experience. This isn’t a case where the grain is there because the director thought it looked cool and added texture…it’s there because they almost definitely used cheap film stock.

    I see your point about being thankful that Synapse didn’t DNR the disc into oblivion. But at the end of the day, the nicest thing I can say is that this Blu-ray faithfully reproduces the film’s crappy video presentation. Unfortunately, I still don’t think that’s enough to merit very high marks.

    Thanks very much for the comment and I enjoyed the link to the second video. (On the other hand, I definitely could’ve done without that first 15-minute video with the incredibly condescending guy on the incredibly ugly love seat.)

  3. Michael Durr
    06/28/2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Very thankful this disc came out at all. But I’m with John in the respect that some movies it is really hard to give a positive video score when the film stock is so worn and there is nothing but pixelation, grain and dirt. I remember watching Elvis when it made it to dvd, and the picture was just so awful. Sure they didn’t artificially clean it up, but there was some really rough patches there.

  4. Robin
    06/28/2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Ok, i thought you were one of those guys who hated film grain and loved DNR.

    I don’t know the budget for this film, but it was probably pretty low budget, compared to high budget American films. They used the cheaper, higher sensitive film stock. That would explain the high amount of film grain in this film.

    Zaranyzerak, who made the video you didn’t like, is an knowledgable film buff who knows his stuff. In that video he was sick and tired of people who complained about grainy films. On his vidoes in comments and on the internet. So, he was a bit upset and angry.

    Check out his other videos, where he is calmer and more relaxed. I personally like his vidoes and find him, knowledable, funny and kind fellow.

  5. John Ceballos
    06/28/2012 @ 3:09 pm

    @ Michael
    Agree. Even though I obviously didn’t love the movie itself, it’s absolutely a good thing that it got a proper Blu-ray release. (I did my best to convey this in the “Final Thoughts.”)

    @ Robin
    Definitely not one of those guys.

    I’ve got not love for DNR…but I also have no love for grain when it’s solely the result of poor lighting and cheap film stock rather than something that actually enhances a film. In those instances, I think I’d still take authentic grain over DNR…but I’m sure you understand it also means I can’t go very high with my video score.

    As far as Zaranyzerak, it’s obvious that he really knows his stuff. It’s just that particular video wasn’t very pleasant to watch. I sympathize because I don’t deal with fools very well either. (And it’s why you won’t see me making any YouTube videos.) I’ll check out his stuff when I have time.

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