16 Blocks

Featured In Issue 115, December 2006

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Richard Donner
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Detective Jack Mosley (Willis) has been assigned to escort talkative Eddie Bunker (Def) 16 Blocks to the courthouse. But Eddie isn't expected to make it to the courthouse...because a lot of cops want him dead. And after saving Eddie's life from a would-be assassin, Jack soon discovers that his partner, Frank Nugent (Morse), is one of the cops who Eddie was set to testify against. Now Jack finds himself on the line between corrupt cops and a small-time criminal who wants to change his life. This action-packed thriller stands out in a slew of ho-hum movies that are stinting the boxoffice. (Suzanne Hodges)

Special features are exactly the same as the DVD and HD DVD: an option to watch the 102-minute theatrical version or a 100-minute version with an alternate ending, deleted scenes with commentary by Richard Donner and Richard Wenk, the alternate ending with an introduction, and the theatrical trailer.

Differences between the 2.38:1 Blu-ray Disc picture and the HD DVD are negligible at best, and the slight deficiency in detail found on the Blu-ray Disc release can most likely be attributed to the Samsung BD-P1000's noise reduction circuitry. The picture is well defined, with deep blacks and impressive shadow delineation. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is slightly less refined than the Digital Plus encoding included with the HD DVD, although neither is very impressive. (Danny Richelieu)