New World Disorder (1999)
York Entertainment

Guido Henkel

Starring Rutger Hauer, Andrew McCarthy, Tara Fitzgerald

Silicon Valley is a place where robbers don’t necessarily focus on banks, but also on the storage rooms of high tech companies. Microprocessors, memory banks and other microchips can make fortunes on the black market. ’New World Disorder’ takes such a scenario where a group of robbers steal an array of micro processors but with it also steal the secrets of an unbreakable encryption security chip. But soon the police is on their heels and a race against time begins.

This is the first DVD I have seen from York Entertainment and I was quite impressed with its visual presentation. Absolutely clean, the fullscreen transfer is beautiful and maintains a very high level of detail throughout, although a bit of grain is evident on occasion. Colors are bold and powerful and the transfer has very deep blacks that are solid, yet never lose their definition. The compression has been done very well on this DVD, leaving all the details in the picture intact without compression artifacts or pixelation.

’New World Disorder’ features a 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track that is well produced but is not nearly as active as I had expected. Occasional surround effects spice up the mix, but for the most part the sound image is centered in the front and in the stereo field. Bass extension is good and the track is free of distortion. Dialogues are well integrated and always understandable.

Although the presentation of ’New World Disorder’ on this DVD is without flaws, I have to admit that the film is a bomb. Poorly acted, illogical and riddled with inconsistencies, it can not live up to the expectations that main actor Rutger Hauer inevitably raises - and boy, did he put on some weight. The stolen microprocessors are misnomed and referred to as ’motherboards’ and ’memory chips’ by supposed hitech specialists that it’s not even funny any more. A little more research and a stronger hand in the direction of the cast would have made ’New World Disorder’ a great film, as the story certainly has its highlights. York Entertainment is clearly doing DVD right, let’s just hope they have stronger films down their pipeline.



New World Disorder (1999)
movie review by Dragan Antulov,

Anyone trying to increase his or her computer literacy by watching
1990s Hollywood movies wouldn't get very far. For Hollywood
filmmakers computer technology was usually nothing more than
excuse for lame special effects, lame attempts to be "hip" by
referencing "virtual reality" or even lamer pandering to great
unwashed masses of technophobes. NEW WORLD DISORDER, 1999
thriller directed by Richard Spence, didn't improve that sorry state of

The film begins in Silicon Valley where two young computer experts
try to get rich by stealing Rosetta Stone, immensely valuable piece of
software, from their firm. Their plan is thwarted by the arrival of the
more conventional criminals whose modus operandi consists of
breaking into software company facilities with explosives and
firearms and stealing anything of value. Their leader Kurt Bishop
(played by Andrew McCarthy) takes great interest in Rosetta Stone.
Bishop's raid is being investigated by David Marx (played by Rutger
Hauer), detective who prefers old-fashioned methods of police work
and despises computer technology. He is partnered with Kris
Paddock (played by Tara Fitzgerald), young FBI agent who happens
to be computer expert.

Luxembourg locations pass for Silicon Valley and talented British
actress Tara Fitzgerald convincingly masters American accent. That,
together with the presence of always dependable Rutger Hauer, is
more or less the only good thing that can be said about NEW
WORLD DISORDER. The film doesn't try to hide its low budget, but
the ambitions of its authors are even lower. The twists are
predictable, the plot consists of every police and action movie cliche
imaginable and Andrew McCarthy is pathetic in the role of villain.
Those viewers who are more computer-savvy are going to cringe at
the scriptwriters' handling of the film alleged subject matter. Viewers,
except those who are big fans of Rutger Hauer, would do themselves
a favour if they skip NEW WORLD DISORDER.

RATING: 2/10 (-)

Review written on July 15th 2004



New World Disorder (1999)

A hi-tech software espionage thriller meets a distinctly lo-tech Rutger Hauer, who plays a world-weary cop.

Two programmers are killed by software pirate Kurt Bishop (Andrew McCarthy) in order that he may obtain their incredible new security program. A distinctly portly Rutger Hauer is slowly dispatched to do the detective work. By his crusty side is nubile young FBI agent Tara Fitzgerald, in a part that you can bet will not be going on her CV.

What follows is a trail of boring action set pieces, all ineptly staged by a director who is trying to goad you into believing he has made something better. Andrew McCarthy's attempt at playing the bad guy is equally dubious, although never as bizarre as his strangely slut-like make-up. He may have propped up dead bodies in the "Weekend at Bernie's" films but one might suspect that he did it for real with the director of this farce.

With Luxembourg standing in for Silicon Valley and lines like "In cyberspace no one can hear you stream", this is a sad effort indeed. Laugh yourself silly and rent this donkey.

Available on VHS.