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In the Line of Fire (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray] (1993)

Clint Eastwood , John Malkovich , Wolfgang Petersen  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Writers: Jeff Maguire
  • Producers: Wolfgang Petersen, David Valdes, Gail Katz, Jeff Apple, Robert J. Rosenthal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00186DV1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A gripping, gut-wrenching thriller that delivers suspense in almost unbearable doses, IN THE LINE OF FIRE showcases Clint Eastwood at his finest. In a performance that won universal acclaim, Eastwoodstars as Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect John F. Kennedy from assassination. Thirty years later, he gets a chance to redeem himself when a brilliant psychopath threatens to kill the current president and take Horrigan with him. Taunting him by phone and tantalizing him with clues, the assassin (John Malkovich) lures Horrigan into an electrifying battle of wits and will that only one man can survive. Co-starring Rene Russo as Horrigan's risk-taking Field Chief, IN THE LINE OF FIRE is a high-wire balancing act of searing suspense, explosive action and surprising romance.

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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Clint Eastwood, in his first film after completing his masterpiece, UNFORGIVEN, chose a winner with Wolfgang Petersen's suspenseful IN THE LINE OF FIRE. As 30-year veteran Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan, Eastwood had the misfortune of protecting President Kennedy, November 22, 1963, and the specter of not reacting quickly enough has never fully left him, through the subsequent years. At the other end of the spectrum is ex-CIA assassin Mitch Leary (brilliantly portrayed by John Malkovich), who had become 'excess baggage' for the intelligence community, due to budget cuts. After surviving a bungled attempt to kill him, Leary decides to vent his rage at his 'betrayal' by assassinating the President. In his research, he discovers that the only agent still active from the 1963 team is Horrigan, and, deciding they shared a kinship, he begins to tease Horrigan with clues about himself, and how he'll kill the President.
The film builds up a 'head of steam' from the very first scene, as Horrigan and his partner, Al D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott, long before television stardom in THE PRACTICE) take down a band of counterfeiters, and the edginess never lets up, as Leary, introducing himself as 'Booth', begins his series of fateful calls to Horrigan. Facing mounting opposition from the head of the Presidential Secret Service team (Gary Cole), as well as the White House Chief of Staff (future Senator Fred Dalton Thompson), Horrigan badgers, insults, and belittles everyone's work, knowing the potential assassin will find any crack in the security, and take advantage of it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Line of Fire on Blu Ray May 1, 2013
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Individual plot summaries of these movies can be found everywhere as well as opinions on the plots, acting and actors so I will focus only on the quality of the transfer of this movie to Blu Ray.

In the Line of Fire was shot some time ago but still has legs as an intriguing and suspenseful film. This Blu Ray came only with the one Blu Ray disc.

The video transfer is really quite clean with good details in the dark and shadow areas. At no point did I see any artifacts or dirt and, except in one of the deleted scenes, no stair stepping or color banding anywhere. The Mbps rate appeared to average in the mid twenties. Colors were natural looking and the focus of the transfer to blu ray is generally soft and film like without the video type color popping that we often see on some of today's films. Since I do not have the Standard Def version I really can't make a comparison between the formats but the Blu Ray transfer offers good contrast and clean imaging.

The audio transfer comes as a lossless Dolby True HD 5.1 and was surprisingly very good. I did not expect much for the audio as the film is more dialogue driven than action but there were many opportunities for the audio editors to steer discreet foley fx to all channels. Pans from front to back and back to front were there when appropriate and you get a very nice, clean and transparent sound for both the front and rear sound stages. Good separation between the front, center and sides for the music track and proper audio leveling all around.

My big beef with this and many Blu Rays are the multiple preview ads for other films. These ads take up space on the disc that could go to less compression and thus a higher quality audio and video transfer.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood's best performance yet! March 5, 2002
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"In The Line of Fire" is a thinking person's movie with lots of action, suspense, and brains as well! It gets better and better every time that I watch it! Clint Eastwood gave a superb performance as Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan, a man who is haunted by a loss. In 1963, he was guarding President John F. Kennedy when the commander-in-chief was assassinated in Dallas, TX. Horrigan's inability to divert the tragedy has wreaked havoc on his personal life, making the aging agent socially reclusive and chagrined at his own failures. "A living legend; the only active agent who ever lost a President", says Horrigan of his soiled reputation. His chance to redeem himself comes soon enough, though.
A meticulous psychopath named Mitch Leary (John Malkovich in a outstanding and frightening performance) is threatening the current president, and Horrigan is back on the case. Leary identifies himself as John Booth, an eerie reference to President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Leary taunts Horrigan for his failings, and his pranks become more dangerous as he gets closer to his endgame.
Wolfgang Petersen ("Das Boot", "Air Force One") directs this super-slick thriller with sheer intensity and explosive action as well. Two powerhouse actors, plus a great supporting cast (Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, John Mahoney, Gary Cole, Fred Dalton Thompson) make "In The Line of Fire" one of the absolute best suspense films of 1993!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Cool September 27, 2013
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First off, we never do learn the President's name, except for his Secret Service codename "Traveler". I guess that jives with the philosphy expressed by Clint Eastwood's character of never getting to know who you're protecting as you might not want to take a bullet for them then. So I can live with not knowing. Otherwise, this is an excellent film...the real-life Secret Service certainly thought so. Clint Eastwood plays the agency's only remaining active agent who was on duty during the Kennedy assasination back in 1963, 30 years before this film. Now, he's pulled out of his life working undercover to bust counterfeiters to investigate a threat on the current President. This threat comes in the form of John Malkovich, who begins a series of mindgames with Eastwood and the Secret Service that begin with him calling himself "Booth" in a nod to the Lincoln assasination...he also knows plenty about Kennedy's death, so it's imediatly obvious that the man has a strange hobby. Malkovich has played his fair share of villains, but many of them could take lessons from the character in this film. Too many times we see a person so evil that they become something like Dr. Hannibal Lector. But John Malkovich does not slide down that slippery slope and remains his own man with his own agenda and headgames. It is a performance that Mr. Malkovich should definetly always keep on his resume. Clint Eastwood is no slouch on his end. John Malkovich is looking for an equal in his "game" and Eastwood provides it. Now aged a bit since 1963 (hey, they put the actor's real age to good use) he steps up to the plate and keeps up step for step while remaining perfectly frustrated that he can't get ahead of this maniac. The diolog between these two men is one of the best parts of this exciting film. Read more ›
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