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In a nondescript boxing ring, two fighters square off. Suddenly, fists in boxing gloves rush at each other -- and us -- with explosive force. The intensity of the combatant's blows belies the fact that they are friends engaging in a spirited round of fisticuffs. Vic Deakins, the older and more experienced of the two is definitely in control, giving his young friend Riley Hale an impressive, if painful, boxing lesson.In addition to having a mentor/protege relationship in the ring, Deakins and Hale are colleagues -- crack military pilots who are about to be handed a choice assignment to fly the top-secret B-3 Stealth bomber on a test run. Their cargo: two nuclear warheads. Although anything but routine, the mission should go without incident. But a shocking treachery is about to put millions of lives at risk as the timer on an incredible nuclear extortion plot ticks toward ground zero.

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Travolta, Christian Slater
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUCRB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,765 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Douglas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 4, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
A great action film with excellent performances. I have the Standard DVD and just bought and watched the Blu Ray version. While I did not put one on and then the other for a relative side by side comparison, the video transfer is pretty good, not great. In some scenes there appears to be a smoothness to faces which is demonstrative of over compression. However, this really occurs only intermittently. Overall, a pretty decent transfer with little if any noticeable grain, no artifacting or aliasing.

The audio transfer is DTSHD 5.1 and is very well done with full use of your surround system, including sub. The score sometimes overshadows the foley fx and directionality of the discreet audio channels, but, overall, a very fine transfer.

I bought the BluRay on sale at Walmart for $7 so it was more than worth it. Other than BD LIve, which I think is a waste of a feature found on many Blu Rays, there were no extras, no deleted scenes or any thing other than the hated trailers for other films.
All my movie reviews are of this nature and focus only on the quality of the transfer to BluRay so check them and see if they are of help as well.
Hopefully, this review has been of some help to you in determining your purchase, hope I am on the correct path with a review of the transfer quality as opposed to providing plot summaries.
Thanks
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Format: VHS Tape
If you love action and adventure, this is a definite must-see! Christian Slater and John Travolta make a perfect good guy vs. villian mix, and while the plot may be a bit far out, you will never notice. The action will draw you in and keep you spellbound until the last scene. Mathis's role as the park ranger helping Slater save the day is a bit strained at times, but the effort is valiant, and by the end she's an old pro. Travolta's one-liners definitely make the movie. If you're going to be the bad guy, you've gotta have a stack of suave comebacks and wisecracks, and boy, has he got it! ...."Please try NOT to shoot at the thermonuclear weapons" from behind clenched teeth gets me every time. It's clear that though this is an action movie, it's also a mind game. Travolta's comments let the viewer inside his head, to feel like you are really there.
..."You're out of your mind!"...
..."Yeah, ain't it COOL?"....
You bet it is -- and the stunts will leave you gasping in wonder. From Mathis's near disembowelment by a thwocking chopper blade to Travolta's frantic attempts to catch his getaway pilot's attention, it's all fantastic. Howie Long is also fantastic as Kelly, one of Travolta's goons.
All in all, quite spetacular. I recommend it to everyone, but get your snacks before it starts because you won't want to miss a minute!
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Format: DVD
A vast improvement over "Hard Target" (1993), director John Woo finds his Hollywood niche in this fast-paced thriller. Though it doesn't match the kinetic flair of Woo's Hong Kong epics, "Broken Arrow" (1996) delivers plenty of serial-style action while utilizing the Southern Utah landscape to striking effect. The film's raison d'être lies in the charismatic villainy of John Travolta, who has a wonderful time playing a traitorous military pilot and nuclear blackmailer. Christian Slater's efficient heroics are a good match for Travolta's diabolical cool. "Broken Arrow" is cheerfully preposterous and endlessly entertaining. Classic dialogue: "Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?"
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Format: DVD
Great movie. The action scenes are intense and perfect. John Travolta as Deakins is magnificent because of his mimic and fantastic acting. The special effect are very good. And last but not least the explosions are great, big and a great sound. If you have not seen it rent it on DVD because of the sound,- and picture quality. Have fun!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Docked one star for the DVD version not being redone for 16x9 TV's. It's still got the old school theatrical ratio which was fine years ago, but not for all the huge screen TV's out now.

The DVD is fine for some TV's and not others. I have a TV with a 32" screen and the DVD fills the screen pretty well.

My girlfriend has a TV with a huge screen and the DVD picture makes you think you're watching a "little bitty" picture in the middle of the screen. It was unwatchable as far as I'm concerned.

The Blu Ray, on the other hand, fills both screens just fine. It's still in letterbox format even on my girlfriend's huge screen, but it fills nearly all of the screen and is just the right size to be able to watch and enjoy the movie.

So, buyer beware if you opt for the DVD instead of the Blu Ray and you own a big screen TV.

Other than that there's no need for me to review the movie. It's full of action and cliffhanger scenes, just don't watch it too critically. I consider it for all intents and purposes to be a Saturday-afternoon western with a modern setting and situations. It's one of my favorite movies of all time, so I'm very biased as to how good it is!

Yes, there are some plot errors in the movie, but if you just watch it for the action and adventure, it has several breathtaking scenes.
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