Lock Up is a great movie, I’m going to say that right off the bat. I loved it. I saw it in the theatre back when I was a teenager and thought it was great. Stallone, action, adventure, you name it. It’s actually the first prison film I think I ever saw, if you don’t count Reform School Girls that is. I had the VHS, the DVD, and now its coming out on 4K, which I have as well.
In Lock Up Stallone stars as Frank Leone. He’s finishing up his stint at a very minimal security prison. He’s allowed to leave to see his girlfriend, he fixes up cars in the auto shop, he’s friends with the other inmates as well as the guards, he’s doing good. Then one night he gets woken up and dragged off to a maximum security prison run by Warden Drumgoole (Played wonderfully by Donald Sutherland) who hates Frank. Turns out Frank served time in the wardens old prison where he managed to escape and tell the news about the poor treatment there. He didn’t break out just to escape jail, he did it to visit a dying friend. He even returned without incident, but that got the Warden shipped off to Gateway, the worst prison in the state where he plans on making Frank suffer during his final months of incarceration.
Frank is treated horribly. Abused by the guards, privileges revoked. The warden even has the worst inmate there, Chink Weber (Sonny Landham) try to provoke Frank into an altercation thus getting time added to his sentence. From beatings in the cell, to beatings on the yard to solitary confinement Frank takes it all until a young inmate he befriended is murdered. He them mumbles “They want me, they got me” about 7 times and its on. And when I say on, I mean on as Stallone fights back against everyone.
I am assuming if you’re an action fan you have seen this already, hence the shorter review. As its been released before on DVD and Blu-ray your most likely wondering about the 4K transfer. Lionsgate is doing a tremendous job on their 4K releases and Push is no exception. Everything about this looks great and this 4K really shows it off. I have the DVD from years back and this is a 100% improvement. . It’s so lifelike it is scary. The audio is bellowing as well especially if you have surround sound. It’s as crisp as the Dolby you hear in the theater.
I can honestly say if you have a 4K player this is a must own for the transfer alone as it really shows off what a 4k player is capable of. Throw in the fact it's a great movie and you can't go wrong.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!