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Speed 4K Ultra HD

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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A crazed and vindictive extortionist (Hopper) rigs a city bus to blow if its "Speed" slows to below 55 miles per hour. Keanu Reeves plays a fearless SWAT team specialist who, teaming up with a passenger (Bullock) who takes the wheel, risks all to get aboard the rigged vehicle to prevent a major catastrophe. (Gary Reber)

Special features include two audio commentary tracks: one with Director Jan De Bont and the second with Screenwriter Graham Yost and Producer Mark Gordon, the featurettes "Action Sequences" (HD 15:56) and "Inside Speed" (HD,52:57), six extended scenes (HD 12:07), a music video by Billy Idol (HD 04:35), a trailer, TV spots and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.35:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Eastman film stock in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arriflex 35 III, Beaumont VistaVision Camera, Panavision Panaflex Platinum. VistaVision VistaFlex and Panavision Panaflex Gold II camera systems and sourced from a 4K remastered master Digital Intermediate format. The grain structure is tight, natural, and consistent, and never objectionable. The picture is remarkably pristine. Color fidelity is excellent, especially outside, in the daylight, or inside the natural light of the bus. The bus is the setting for much of the film's storytelling and the imagery never fails to please. The bight fiery explosion that envelops the bus provides a full spectrum of vivid colors. Colors are well balanced with good color depth. The wide color gamut provides nicely nuanced hues and vividness. Fleshtones are naturally rendered. HDR contrast reveals excellent shadow delineation, as seen in the opening scenes in the elevator shaft, deep blacks, and natural white levels. Resolution, especially during closeups, is excellent with nicely detailed facial features. Inside the bus and along its exterior, nuanced examples of wear and tear on the floor or the seats, as well as the various clothes the passengers wear exhibit nice detail. Overall, the imagery is sharp and clear throughout. This is the definitive home theatre version of "Speed" as never before experienced. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is incredibly engaging as it delivers excellent dynamics and powerful sound effects. In recognition of sound excellence, "Speed" was awarded two Academy Awards: Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. Mark Mancina's orchestral score is wonderful with its wide and deep spread across the soundstage with extension to the surrounds. Sound effects are often directionalized to the surrounds, which enhances the overall sense of Holosonic® spatial delineation. The surround channels are active throughout. Pans around the room are seamless. Dialogue reproduction is excellent with generally good spatial integration. Bass is excellent and is rendered with naturalness, sans any overwhelming or distracting attributes. The elevator drop resounds with a deep thud when it hits the bottom floor. The bass effect sounds deep and loud, as supported with .1 LFE energy. This is a solid, well-crafted sound mix that perfectly supports the terrifying storytelling. (Gary Reber)