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Pound Of Flesh – Blu-ray Review

The Flick:

I am a HUGE Malcolm McDowell fan and was very excited I was asked to do this review. The cover art alone made my day! Three hot chicks barely dressed and a picture of Malcolm, with the caption “These students are hooked on learning.” AWESOME, right?? Well kind of.

Shakespeare Professor, Noah Melville (McDowell) is the most well-liked professor at Barden College, and for very, very good reason; he provides scholarships to sexy hot coeds in exchange for pimping them out to some of the most respected high-brow people in town including The Mayor, Chairman of the School board and Chief of Police to name a few. Dee Wallace (a Horror movie Icon in her own right) plays the manipulative College Dean, a role that is kind of pointless, but it’s great seeing her and McDowell in a movie together again (Rob Zombie’s Halloween). Then one of Melville’s girls turn up dead after a “date,” and the new detective in town alcoholic, Patrick Kelly (Angus Macfadyen) and his aggressive boss Sergeant Rebecca Ferraro (Elizabeth Rodriguez) begin an intense investigation that can ruin the lives of everyone in the “club.” This becomes a game of accusations, cover-ups and who did it. Money and power are the ultimate monopoly here and we all know the story of who usually wins those battles (politics anyone??).  After the Chief of Police closes the case Kelly takes matters into his own hands.  Melville is about to be taken down so he decides to flee from his long jail sentence so Kelly goes after Melville and they battle it out.

Of course there are plenty of scenes showing the ladies “earning their scholarships” but those scenes are filmed in a grainy/documentary style. I don’t get why director Tamar Simon Hoff chose to film it that way but it doesn’t matter at this point.  This movie was ok, but being a fan of McDowell is the only reason I would recommend this one. The filmmakers could’ve chosen any unknown b-list actor to play his part, but I’m glad they didn’t.

The Blu-ray:

Audio/Video

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround English, DTS-HD MA Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features

Two trailers for the movie under the titles ‘Pound of Flesh’ and ‘Progressive Education’

Outtakes: Standard issue, but with an intro from writer/director Tamar Simon.

Interview with actor Malcolm McDowell: About 9 minutes long and my favorite part of the whole disc.

Making of Pound Of Flesh: With comments from Director/Writer Tamar Simon Hoffs and Malcolm McDowell.  Pretty much has the same stuff from the interview with McDowell.

The Flick Rating: ★★★½☆

The Blu-ray Rating: ★★★½☆

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