Under Siege Review and Blu-ray Features
9 Oct 1992
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Were the band members all bad guys? i remember the lead singer(not TLJ) firing an uzi during the initial siege.
Its quite impressive that they got henchmen that were capable of playing instruments to a high standard and performing together.
Yep. I always wondered what happened to that lead singer guy who got out the Uzi. He wasn’t seen again after that scene
That’s a “classic aspect” of this film that’s never been promoted enough; the singing assassins.Can’t recall ever seeing it in another film.
Problem faced during Production
One of the biggest problems the production crew faced was how to give the illusion that the USS Alabama (USS Missouri in the movie) was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean when in fact it was docked in Mobile Bay in Mobile, Alabama. To do this, the production crew created a 100-feet long barge and a 60-feet high framework on the barge, and hung a giant black cloth on the framework. The “blackout” barge was moved around the Alabama as necessary to block out city buildings and lights.
I know you, don’t I?
Clearly William Strannix and Casey Ryback knew each other. I wonder why Strannix didn’t tell Krill and the rest of his hired guns earlier that this guy is real serious. Someone says Pvt Nash is guarding Ryback, to which Strannix says “Ryback?” Like he def knew him.
Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey as the villains:Awesome
Both were great in this!
Great action film!
They delivered the acting while Seagal delivered the action..
Why does Ryback punch Commander Krill
The Captain has arranged the billet as ship’s cook for Chief Ryback so he can get his 20 years in and then retire. He’s that close to retirement, putting up with working as a cook after all those years of honing his skills as a SEAL, and he’s going to screw up his retirement just to punch an SOB like Krill?
He wasn’t going to screw up anything; the Captain had his back. I think he even made a comment about that.
Krill knew he’d be killing the Captain later, and that the takeover was about to go happen, so this was his chance to give Ryback a piece of his mind (without going too far, because the takeover hadn’t happened yet and he was still playing good guy to the crew), so he hocked a loogie in his soup and insulted him.
In the situation room when they’re discussing his past history, it’s mentioned he’d already got into trouble punching a superior officer. So it’s not like he’s never done it before. He has no respect for Krill and yes, probably does think the Captain has his back
Seagal Using a 1911 Instead of a Beretta M9
What’s with Seagal using a 1911 when the US Military switched over to the Beretta M9
Actually the Army switched to the M9 initially. The Marines and Navy didn’t begin doing so until 1990. There were M1911s still in shipboard Armories until mid 1995. When this movie came out in 1992 nearly all Ships were still using the M1911. As late as 1997 there were 1911s still being used on Submarine Tenders that were getting Decommissioned in the near future. The Marines never stopped using the 1911 altogether. Recon and FAST units kept the 1911 and then instead of changing over to the M9 they bought new custom 1911s.
I knew the US military always carried the M1911 .45 sidearm, but, I believe they had not yet changed to the 9mm Beretta at the time of filming
so some of you guys are saying that last knife fight between segal and jones is NOT possible? I’m just curious to know cuz it looked interesting and awsome the way it was done, i mean common i may not know much about knife fighting but that scene got my adrenaline kind of rushing.
what would you do if you were in that situation?
I never had a problem with the knife fight. It was fast and dangerous as you’d expect. Plus the totally gratuitous death scene was hilarious, thanks to Seagal’s ‘mildly annoyed’ expression afterwards.
In fact, I think fight coreography is his main talent.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Steven Seagals’ finest moment….action from go to whoa(Clint Morris)
Seagal’s best film.(Michael A. Smith)
Taken as a whole, I was fairly pleased with Warner’s 1.85:1, 1080p presentation of Under Siege. Although the print was not in the most pristine of conditions, exhibiting some minor blemishes, it nevertheless sufficed for a mostly fine presentation. There is a heavy amount of grain in some scenes, mostly in darker, indoor shots. The image looks highly detailed form beginning to end with a nice depth and clarity to it that makes it a decent upgrade over the 10+ year old DVD version I have. Black levels are uninspired and a little off in a few scenes. While clarity and detail are good, colors are drab, muted, and lifeless with little discernible pop and no vibrancy to speak of, and the resulting flat and uninspired image proved to be too much for the transfer’s strengths to overcome. This is a pretty mediocre transfer for a film that deserves better.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that accompanies Under Siege is mostly unremarkable and dull. It’s more or less solid but it lacks any real punch that a film of this nature almost demands as a vital part of the experience. It’s a track that serves its purpose but it never immerses the viewer in the action, and as a result it was hard to truly get into the spirit of the film. Technically, there are a few flaws here to strike another point or two off of the final score. Dialogue sounds fine, but it is a little muted and I had to turn up the volume to a slightly higher level than normal to hear it clearly. There are some nice discrete effects across the front soundstage. The sound of the ships engines is always heard underneath the track, which is a nice effect. Otherwise, there isn’t a whole lot of positive praise for this track. Unfortunately, this soundtrack never passes above the level of average. This Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is wholly forgettable.
Under Siege is certainly not a film where I expect a plethora of supplements, but something more than the included 480p theatrical trailer for the film would have been most welcome. There is bound to be some kind of promotional material out there, but unfortunately it hasn’t been included with this release. I’d welcome a special edition down the road, and perhaps as the Blu-ray format matures, especially with a now Blu-ray exclusive Warner Brothers, we may very well see one several years from now.