The Marine 2

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A relaxing five-star holiday turns into an all out battleground for Marine recon sniper Joe Linwood when a group of local rebels seize control of the hotel taking the billionaire owner, and a group of guests, including Joe’s wife, hostage. With the victims in danger of being brutally murdered, Joe takes matters into his own hands in order to save his wife from certain death.
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio / Spanish & French: 5.1 Dolby Digital Language: Dubb… More >>

The Marine 2

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  1. As WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) tries to find it’s latest star and face that can propel the company on the big screen, the company has had success with stars such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena and Stone Cold Steve Austin but also a few that hardly registered on the radar.

    The latest wrestler to go on the big screen is one of their newer wrestler’s Ted DiBiase, Jr., son of Ted DiBiase (The Million Dollar Man). With the film originally planned for WWE wrestler Randy Orton, due to a collarbone injury, DiBiase Jr. took on the role for “The Marine 2” and is his first major theatrical debut.

    “The Marine 2” is directed by Roel Reine (“The Lost Tribe”, “Adrenaline”) and features a screenplay by Christopher Borrelli (“Whisper”) and John Chapin Morgan. Cinematography is by Joost Van Starrenburg (“Holy Water”, “Bodega”, “George and the Dragon”) and music composed by Trevor Morris (“Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2”, “The Tudors”, “Kings”).

    The film receives a direct-to-video release (Blu-ray and DVD) and hoping to achieve the same results as the first film which made over $30 million in home sales and rental.


    “The Marine 2” is featured in 1080p High Definition and in widescreen (1:85:1) with AVC@33MBPS. Let me just say that I was amazed about the cinematography of this film. I really thought this would be a low budget affair and what we see in the film are beautiful overhead shots of the island and also some underwater cinematography as well.

    There is nice detail from the beginning with Joe and his partner on the rooftop of the buildings and you can see the detail in the concrete and sweat dripping through his skin. Skin tones are natural, pores can be seen and the film is absolutely vibrant with the shots of the island resort looking quite beautiful and also showcasing the Southeast Asian villages and the detail of the older homes seaside. Overall, I was impressed by the cinematography by Joost Van Starrenburg and also director Roel Reine who did a lot of the film’s camera work and “The Marine 2 actually looks very good on Blu-ray.

    As for the audio, lossless audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Also, in Spanish, French and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital.

    “The Marine 2 is an action-driven film. Plenty of explosions, broken glass, crashing wood, vehicles, concrete breaking apart, you name it…this film has plenty of action and you hear it.

    Dialogue is clean and understandable through the front and center channels, front and surround channels showcase a lot of the special effects and LFE fans who love that bass, are going to love hearing their subwoofer put to work.

    Overall, I was quite impressed with the picture and audio quality of this Blu-ray release. I thought it was going to be a low-budget affair but very good cinematography and good use of audio through the action segments.

    As for the subtitles, subtitles are presented in Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese and Mandarin.


    “The Marine 2 comes with the following special features:

    * Village Virtuoso: The Final Fight – (5:15) Interviews with the cast and crew in regards to the village of where the final scenes were shot and shooting in Bang Pat, Thailand.

    * The Last Resort: Inside the Terrorists’ Siege – (3:03) Director Roel Reine talks about the planning the shots of the resort by using a miniature and storyboards.

    * East Meets West: Muay Thai Fight – (4:44) The preparation that went on in making and filming the Muay Thai fight scene with interviews with the cast, crew and Seng, the fighting choreographer.

    * Building a Legacy: Ted’s Story – (5:04) The story about Ted DiBiase Jr. and being a third generation wrestler in the WWE and now shooting his first film. Featuring Ted DiBiase Sr. and showing Ted growing up to become a wrestler, playing in sports and more.

    * Muay Thai Fight Outtakes – (6:50) Featuring an introduction by director Roel Reine and showing the actual full steadycam scenes of the Muay Thai fighting scene.

    * Production Paradise: Filming in Thailand – (4:15) Shooting the movie in Puket, Thailand and using the Adamas resort to shoot the film. The crew talks about the beautiful scenery and the hotelgoers being shocked about a film being shot while they were on vacation at an expensive resort.

    * Play by the Roels: Inside the Production – (3:20) DiBiase Jr. talks about working with director Roel Reine and Reine talks about working on the film and also being the camera operator.

    * Deleted Scenes – (2:43) Featuring two deleted scenes: Joe and Robin at the Party, Joe and Robin at their Room.

    * Extended Scenes – (9:20) Four extended scenes: Hotel Tour, Church’s Scuba Shack, Joe and Church before the Siege and Blondie sets bombs in the laundry room.

    * Making the Cut: Deleted Shots Montage – (5:47) Deleted shots with an intro by director Roel Reine.


    Wow! I have to admit that I literally came in with low expectations with this film because a) Ted DiBiase Jr. is one of the newer and younger WWE Superstars who has played a villain since emerging in WWE b) It’s a WWE sequel to a film that starred John Cena and is direct-to-video and c) “The Marine” was not exactly a great film (although it did well in DVD sales and rental).

    So, I came into this film not expecting much and after watching this Blu-ray release… Wow! It was pretty good. And I’ll say it right now, it was much better than some of the WWE films that came out in theaters. Really good cinematography (picture quality was solid on Blu-ray), good use of lossless audio showcasing the action throughout your home theater surround channels and nice LFE coming from the subwoofer(s). And in addition to the Blu-ray’s PQ and AQ, the release features a good number of special features.

    I actually was impressed with DiBiase Jr.’s performance. It helps that he’s a newer wrestler because he has not suffered career threatening injuries just yet, he’s very mobile, quick on his feet and not as rigid when it comes to the fight scenes. I know this film was originally planned for Randy Orton before his injury but for his first acting role, DiBiase, Jr. did a wonderful job.

    Overall, for a WWE film, I must admit that the film is one of the better WWE films that I’ve seen. I was expecting for a low budget crapfest but “The Marine 2” was a pretty damn good action film and the Blu-ray release is pretty solid!

    If you are a WWE or DiBiase fan or looking for a straight-up action popcorn flick, “The Marine 2” is worth checking out!
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. This movie is a poor man’s Die hard, Dibiase’s acting abilities are horrible he makes John Cena look like Clark Gable. The plot of the movie is that terrorist kidnap his girlfriend and her boss I could give you a full description but a third of the way through it and you would figure out the ending (sorry even for bad movies I will not give away the story.) Now I’ll get into the blu-ray stats.

    The blu-ray picture quality is a mixed bag the day scenes look ok, but the night scenes look terrible, Grain runs wild in dark scenes that is not all detail is gone in night scenes. The movie doesn’t look horrible but it does look bad.

    The audio seems to be the only good thing in this movie,but the audio still sounds cheap, to me it all sounds like someone added the sounds after the movie was finished it just sounds fake to me.

    All bonus features are in high definition 1080i and consist of a behind the scenes feature, extended scenes, deleted scenes, and some fight outtakes.

    If you really want to watch this movie rent it buying movies this bad justifies the creation of even more bad movies, but if you have to buy it make sure its less than ten bucks otherwise you really are ripping yourself off.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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