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The Fugitive 20th Anniversary Edition on BluRay,
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This review is from: The Fugitive (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
While I have the Standard Definition DVD, I avoided the previous release of this film on blu ray due to its lousy video transfer and lossy audio. Since most everyone includes summaries and acting opinions I will focus, as I always due, solely upon the quality of this new release.
The video transfer is fantastic and has clearly been remastered for this release. There is no appreciable grain or disturbing artifacts anywhere. Color grading appears to have been redone as well as all colors have a very natural and real life appearance. In one early scene, a blue door appears to pop with color but not in an unreal 'Transformers' way. Details, large and small, are easily perceived and even hair on heads are not mushed blobs but each individual strand can be seen. This is the video transfer that all have been waiting for and they did not get back doored. The transfer to Blu Ray makes it appear as if the film was made last week on the latest and highest resolution camera equipment. There is no letter boxing of the film as it fills your entire screen. The video transfer is a 5 star transfer in all ways.
We finally have The Fugitive coming with a lossless DTS HD MA 5.1 audio which provides perfectly transparent dialogue and excellent audio balancing of the excellent background score with both dialogue and the many foley effects. Panning across the front stage as well as the front to rear and rear to front audio stages are frequent and realistic especially so during helicopter scenes. Subtle foley effects are perfectly leveled in the surrounds with discreet directionality for many of them. Once set, you will not need to go back and forth with your remote's volume control. The audio transfer also rates 5 stars.
Several new and interesting extras including current interviews with both Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones as well as the director and producers and other cast members. One extra that was on the Standard Definition DVD focuses upon the making of the train wreck. Not sure why they kept this extra in its original 4x3 aspect ratio but they did.
The Fugitive retains its filmic legs both in acting and storylines.
All my reviews focus solely upon the actual quality of the transfer and I hope this helps you in deciding your purchase.
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2013 10:52:33 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Thanks for your very insightful review - I have the standard version and was wondering whether or not to buy this new edition - thanks to your review, I will!!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2013 10:54:45 AM PDT
Steve Douglas says:
You're more than welcome. Hope any of my others can be of help as well.
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