Walking Tall
MGM (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller
In Collection
Seen ItYes
IMDB   6.2
86 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   PG-13
The Rock Chris Vaughn
Johnny Knoxville Ray Templeton
Neal McDonough Jay Hamilton
Kristen Wilson Michelle Vaughn
Ashley Scott Deni
Khleo Thomas Pete Vaughn
John Beasley Chris Vaughn Sr.
Barbara Tarbuck Connie Vaughn
Michael Bowen Sheriff Stan Watkins
Kevin Durand Booth
Andrew Tarbet Jimmy
Dwayne Johnson Chris Vaughn
James Ashcroft Bailiff
Kevin Bray
Producer Ashok Amritraj
Bill Bannerman
Jim Burke
David Hoberman
Writer Mort Briskin
David Klass
Channing Gibson
Brian Koppelman
Cinematography Glen MacPherson

A man fights to bring decency and the rule of law back to his hometown in this action drama. Chris Vaughn (The Rock) left his home in Washington State's timber country to join the Army, where he distinguished himself as a member of the Special Forces. When his hitch is over, Vaughn decides to return home to help run the family business, a sawmill, but he soon makes the unpleasant discovery that things aren't what they once were. Vaughn learns that the town's lumber industry has all but dried up, and an old high school buddy, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough), has turned the city into a den of vice, running a large gambling casino and strip club while selling drugs and women on the side. Angry at this turn of events, and frustrated by local law enforcement officials who are willing to ignore Hamilton's crimes in exchange for kickbacks, Vaughn decides to run for sheriff, and with the help of another old friend, Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville), he wins the election. But Hamilton doesn't take kindly to Vaughn's attempts to clean up the town, and Vaughn discovers Hamilton's henchmen are willing to target his friends, his family, and the woman he loves (Ashley Scott) in order to have their way. Walking Tall was based on Phil Karlson's 1973 action hit of the same name, which was in turn inspired by the true story of Buford Pusser, who was sheriff of Tennessee's McNairy County between 1964 and 1970 and gained fame for his tough tactics against the local criminal element. — Mark Deming
Edition Details
Distributor MGM Home Entertainment
Release Date 9/28/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Subtitles Cantonese; English; French; Mandarin; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Discs/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Date 9/28/2004
Owner Thomas Eisenmann
Store Best Buy
Purchase Price $14.99
Condition Excellent
Current Value $2.50
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Includes two audio commentary tracks: one by The Rock and the other with director Kevin Bray, cinematographer Glen MacPherson, and Editor Robert Ivison. Additional features include the nine-minute Fight The Good Fight featurette, three deleted scenes, a brief blooper reel, an alternate ending, a still gallery featuring on-set images and a special photo shoot of The Rock, a five-minute Species III sneak peek, the theatrical trailer, and bonus trailers. There are also up-front ads.
User Defined
Anamophic Yes
Reviewed Widescreen Review
Bit Rate 448 KB
Digital UV Not eligable
Digital Copy Claimed No
VUDU Purchase Price 0
Disk Type DVD
VUDU Export No

High-Def Review
Story Synopsis:
After a stint in the service, Chris Vaughn (Rock) returns home eight years later to find that things have changed in his home town. Not at all happy with what the town has become, Chris decides to do something about it and run for sheriff. Vaughn wins the election, but soon discovers that there are those who like the town the way it is, and they have no intention of letting Sheriff Vaughn change things back to what they were. Walking Tall is inspired by a true story and based on a screenplay by Mort Briskin. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is bright and colorful, with well balanced fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp and crisp, with nicely rendered details, and excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Some of the brighter scenes exhibit an “edgy” appearance that seem unnatural, and halos around objects can be obtrusive at times. Rarely is there bothersome smearing or detail loss. (Suzanne Hodges)

All of the films The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson) has starred in to date have been adrenaline-pumped action films with very aggressive soundtracks. Walking Tall continues that tradition, albeit with a sound mix that is a little more toned down than usual, with a really fun and enjoyable Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel mix. Although not as aggressive as The Rundown, this presentation is filled with well-placed aggressive sound effects that immerse the listener within the on-screen action. Channel separation across the three screen channels is excellent with really accurate and tonally correct dialogue reproduction. (Jeffrey Kern)