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TANGO & CASH ($25) is a somewhat over the top, but whole lotta fun action comedy starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. Stallone and Russell are the title characters- two top Los Angels police detectives, who are each the bane of organized crime. Since just killing Tango and Cash would turn them into martyrs, and bring down the wrath of the entire police force, the local crime boss comes up with a scheme to discredit them. As a result Tango and Cash find themselves framed for murder and end up in prison, where they are the targets of inmates and crooked guards alike.

Circumstances allow them to make a jail break, which gives Tango and Cash the opportunity to prove their innocence and go after the real bad guys. Stallone and Russell do well for themselves with their tongue-in-cheek performances. They have good chemistry together and make the perfect comic odd couple, forced together by fate. Jack Palance leaves no bit of scenery unchewed with one of his most manic performances. Terri Hatcher is little more than eye candy in the thankless role of Tango’s sister and requisite damsel in distress. Michael J. Pollard gives another one of his patented goofy performances as the weapons expert, who helps Tango and Cash while they are on the run. The cast of TANGO & CASH also features Brion James, James Hong, Marc Alaimo, Lewis Arquette, Michael Jeter, Clint Howard, Patti Davis and Geoffrey Lewis.

Warner Home Video has made TANGO & CASH available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. TANGO & CASH comes with a pretty darn sweet 1080p presentation. The image is sharp and rather nicely defined, providing a very nice upgrade over the DVD. There is a small application of smoke and diffusion applied to the cinematography, which creates a mild softness in places. For the most part, however, TANGO & CASH is rendered in a crisp and nicely dimensional fashion. Close-ups provide the strongest level of detail, but even the medium and long shots look very good. Colors are generally warm and vibrant, thus providing a terrific level of saturation, plus attractive flesh tones. Blacks are accurate, while the whites appear crisp. Contrast is smooth, and there is a more than respectable level of shadow detail. The elements from which TANGO & CASH have been mastered appear pretty clean. Grain is noticeable throughout, but helps create a film-like presentation.

TANGO & CASH is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Despite the lossless encode, the sound design is somewhat dated by the fact that the mix is very front-loaded, with the rears seeing less activity than newer soundtracks. However, the mix is still fairly active and filled with plenty of crashes, gunfire and explosions- some of which do make their way into the rear channels. Fidelity is pretty strong which allows for lively sound effects and full-bodied musical reproduction. The bass channel enhances the impacts and explosions, but doesn’t go overboard. Dialogue is crisp and fully understandable. English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as, as well as a Theatrical Trailer.

As I stated above, TANGO & CASH is a whole lotta fun action comedy. The Blu-ray presentation is pretty sweet and certain to please fans. Recommended.



Tango & Cash [Blu-ray] (1989)


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