I am truly thrilled to have this movie in my collection again! It is a genuine delight. John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Barry are at their best. The movie is a tightly-woven thrill ride with a few wild curves. I love, especially, the moral ambiguity, which allows the watcher to determine who is the protagonist, the antagonist, and the victims. Director Dominic Sena keeps the pace lively but not too quick, allowing the characters to develop organically before the next action set piece. Travolta chews up every scene he's in; he owns this movie and his casting makes it work. Jackson, Barry and even Don Cheadle, do remarkable work and push along the story to its very exciting final twist.
Anyone who hates or pans this movie is, in my opinion, probably expecting the expected. This movie is not that. Sena has thrown out all the rules to create an incredible film that, even 18 years after its release, is still very interesting and relevant.
The Blu-ray edition is contains a few extras that only add to the experience of a movie you'll want to watch over and over again.
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|Format||AC-3, Color, Dubbed, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled|
|Contributor||Sam Shepard, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones, Rudolf Martin, Zach Grenier, Camryn Grimes, Drea De Matteo, Hugh Jackman, Dominic Sena, Skip Woods, John Travolta See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 39 minutes|
|Studio||Warner Home Video|
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English, German
- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 83.91 Grams
- Item model number : 012569828490
- Director : Dominic Sena
- Media Format : AC-3, Color, Dubbed, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 39 minutes
- Release date : Aug. 1 2011
- Actors : John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Warner Bros. Home Video
- ASIN : B000I5XOVY
- Writers : Skip Woods
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,740 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
- Customer Reviews:
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Bags of action, this is an exciting film that held us all the way through. I bought this film for my son. And then bought a second copy for my own collection. Some may say the film is over the top, but surely that is what it's all about...sheer escapism. Like what we find in Bond films and the like.
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Good picture but poor audio transferReviewed in the United Kingdom on March 8, 2013
Bluray transfer let down by poor audio quality. No DTS! Only AC3 5.1. Ok but the centre channel is mushy on some dialogue and the right front channel is too low giving a left bias to the soundtrack. And the LFE track is weak too.
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