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1994 / Five Star Collection
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 64 (Sept 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton & Jeff Daniels

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2005063
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for violence and language.
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1994
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/30/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Jan De Bont
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Story Synopsis:
A crazed and vindictive extortionist (Hopper) rigs a city bus to blow if its

DVD Picture:
This new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is a vast improvement over the previously released DVD (Issue 30). None of the annoying aliasing problems are apparent on this version. Colors are rich and nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. However, loss of fine details suggests excessive use of noise reduction. Edge enhancement can be bothersome, but pixelization is limited. Occasional dirt inherent in the source element is noticed. It should be noted that this version is truly the better of the two, though by today

The 5.1-channel audio has been repurposed, by virtue of the fact that there is some .1 LFE content, whereas the original Oscar

This Disc Contains The Following WSR-Rated Superb Qualities:
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