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'The Fourth War'
(Roy Scheider, Jurgen Prochnow, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / MGM)

Overview: A Cold War thriller in which and American colonel and his Soviet counterpart engage in a private, potentially disastrous war.

DVD Verdict: 'The Fourth War' is out now as part of MGM's "Limited Edition Collection," which is available from select online retailers and manufactured only when the DVD is ordered. The DVD features a simple menu with no menu for chapters or scenes. Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVDs are made to play in DVD playback units only and may not play in DVD recorders or PC drives.

I am a HUGE fan of Jurgen Prochnow and being that I am also something of a Cold War scenario romantic, well, this movie had my name written all over it! Sadly, Jurgen's acting is less credible in 'The Fourth War' than in his other movies such as 'Dune' and 'Das Boot.' The same could be said for Scheider.

But, then again, let's be honest, this is not a movie about acting ability. Nor is the plot overly convincing. Actually it becomes rather comical and ridiculous. As I continued to watch, it progressively degraded into a 'Red Scorpion' type war flick. You know the type, where there are multiple attempts to turn normal helicopters into helicopter gunships by slinging on gigantic rocket pods.

And lots of hung-ho military lingo that doesn't quite cut it! Together with lame jokes that are annoyingly dubbed on machine gun bullet sound, out of sync recoil from guns and such, well, it's one big mess - if you peer too deeply into it!

So, my advise is not to! Just enjoy the fun ... fun in which AMAZINGLY no one gets killed in the movie! This is a Full Screen presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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