OK, I'll be the first to admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for this flick. It is by no means a masterpiece, and it will never be confused with art, but it is one of those enjoyable, popcorn eating, junk flix that suck you in every time you flip past it on TBS. It is a guilty pleasure of mine that I rate up there with ROAD HOUSE, NEXT OF KIN, and VICTORY.
That being said, I was thrilled when I saw that this was available on DVD! Without reading the description carefully, I quickly ordered and anxiously awaited the delivery person, popcorn in hand. Caution should have been displayed, and perhaps the description should have been read by me.
Folks, this DVD is NOT IN WIDESCREEN. I have no one to blame but myself, because it is clearly listed as a full screen disc. But seriously... in this era of movie-friendliness, why oh why even bother with full screen releases anymore? Columbia/Tristar usually does an admirable job with their DVD packages, and for the most part provides a widescreen transfer. A lot of their discs offer both presentations, which is fine, but if you are going to choose one, full screen is the wrong way to go.
So my rant here folks is not at the seller, or the content. It is at the studio for not bothering to give us the original aspect ratio of this cool little movie. That is why it gets only two stars. In all honesty, with something like The Godfather getting five stars and a Finding Nemo getting four, you can't give this movie more than three. But it would have been a solid three in widescreen. Note to all studios... release your movies in their OAR. I doubt something like Toy Soldiers will ever get another release, so do it right the first time.