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REVIEW: Black Dog (1998) Blu-Ray | ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Black Dog (1998) Blu-Ray

Here’s another movie that was savaged by critics back in the day (and ever since).  An action movie that cares little for story and lots for big engines and old school stunts aplenty.  Can you believe this movie is sitting at 10% on Rotten Tomatoes?  It’s not the greatest action movie ever, but it isn’t that bad.  In fact, by today’s B-movie action standards, where Voltage Pictures and WWE pump out fetid trash like slurry into a river, this movie has aged quite well.  Yep, I’d call ‘Black Dog’, starring manly man Patrick ‘Pain don’t hurt’ Swayze a good old fashioned manly movie.

You’re not going to give this movie any special awards for its story.  A manly man, Patrick Swayze, just wants to keep his head down and forget his criminal past so that he can provide for his wife and daughter.  But his house is headed for foreclosure and ends most certainly are not meeting.  So when a crooked boss offers him some off the books work, using his trucking skills to haul suspect goods across a 15 hour journey, he can’t really say no.  He’ll get $10,000 if it works out, but if he’s caught…  Of course, singer ‘Meatloaf’ is on the trail of the truck, with a posse of gun totin’ rednecks, he wants to hijack the booty, whatever the cost.

There are plot holes in this movie that may raise some eyebrows, indeed, the story hovers around ‘pretty fucking bad’ territory.  But who the fuck goes into a movie like this and cries foul that it’s not on par with The Godfather?  I hate it when people try to disect action movies in that way, maybe they just don’t get it.  Instead, there’s some heavy duty truckin’, or pure caterpillar power, as Swayze boasts when he rams another truck out of the way.  This movie is all about the horsepower, manly morals, country action music and frothing pit bulls tied up in your trailer, protecting your cargo.  It’s a movie where men compare driving skills and solve problems by ramming first, asking no questions later.

Here’s the best thing about this movie… it supplants suspect writing with wall-to-wall kinetic, practical stunt work. Cars are blown to hell, 18 wheelers are rolled.  Over and over, the movie doesn’t really know how to proceed in narrative, so it just resorts to smashing shit up real good.  And along the way, Meatloaf enjoys himself with a decent troll job.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen this one.  Certainly way back when high definition wasn’t a thing, probably even when the screens were still square. So to see it on Blu-Ray is refreshing, the 1080p transfer is heavyweight, crisp.  In a way, we should never really have gotten this one at all, so to see it in this quality is very well received by me. Through the sub the Peterbilt’s giant engine thunders, and through the 5.1 rear speaks her pipes scream… brilliant. No extras though, unless you’re interested in a very mucky trailer.

Look, man, this ain’t no masterpiece.  But even the opening credits look like something from a 2019 summer blockbuster.  It’s old school, how things used to be done.  Stuntmen earning their bread.  CGI?  What the fuck is that?  Puts today’s VODmit to shame.

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    Mucho Macho

    July 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I still remember saying to a buddy of mine “Fuck classes today! I ain’t in the mood..I’m bored…Let’s go watch the Patrick Swayze movie Black Dog in the cinema.”
    It was a weekday & It was just us in the theater. We were stuffing ourselves with Popcorn, nachos & other great junk watching the movie & having a gran-ol’time

    The movie was directed by Kevin Hooks whom also directed the 90s Wesley Snipes classic actioner “Passenger 57”. Hooks now mostly directs episodes for TV series, mostly shows that have action in them. He is someone that has a talent to direct movies such as this one that unfortunately we never get nowadays so he does TV now, not a bad thing, for example he has directed episodes of the series “24”.

    I own this movie on DVD. It’s okay quality in picture. I recently saw it again not too long ago & it stil holds up in my book. I have always been a Swayze fan. In this movie he looked good & got bigger cause he wanted to look like a trucker. The review of this movie is on point.. I echo pretty much everything stated in this review.

    It’s a shame what happened to Patrick Swayze. As someone who has dealt with this issue first hand, one of the toughest things to go through is to watch someone you care about being taken away by this disease and feeling like you can’t do anything.

    FUCK CANCER. R.I.P. Swayze. Nobody in the so-called “Point Break” remake came even close to holding a candle next The Swayze.

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    Mucho Macho

    July 23, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Little tid bit about this movie. This film was originally intended to be a Kevin Sorbo vehicle. It was the 90s & Sorbo was very popular due to his show “Hercules”.
    But Sorbo had to drop out of the film due to medical reasons and Patrick Swayze was cast in role instead.
    Btw.. I like Sorbo. It hasn’t helped his career but I respect the fact he has not been a typical Hollywood socialist bullshit preaching elitist.

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      jim

      July 23, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Don’t know if you ever saw it but I remember enjoying “The Beast” ..a cable series Swayze was doing when he became ill..It’s been a while but I remember it as a good noirish story of double crossing with my favourite Swayze performance. He really is brilliant in this show..You should check it out just for him.

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        Mucho Macho

        July 23, 2016 at 11:34 pm

        I did watch that show bro & I happen to like it very much.
        By then you could tell Swayze was losing his battle. There were backstage reports of him being very ill during production and had to take time off here and there.
        It was a cool show. Too bad Swayze left us & we never got a second or 3rd season. Ironic you should mention the series because not long ago I mentioned this series to somebody I knew cause I wanted to recommend it & I knew it was on Netflix for a while but when I went to check it was no longer available.
        Good show
        https://youtu.be/-xfFHzQw3CQ

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    Mucho Macho

    July 23, 2016 at 1:43 pm

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    Mucho Macho

    July 23, 2016 at 1:44 pm