The Fugitive [Blu-ray]
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The first Blu-ray release (with the black cover) was pretty lackluster, featuring a relatively weak A/V presentation (including lossy Dolby Digital audio) and a few recycled bonus features from the old DVD special edition. This new 20th Anniversary Edition (white cover) has a great new transfer, a new lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track and two new bonus features: a retrospective featurette with Ford, Jones, director Andrew Davis, actors Joe Pantoliano and Jane Lynch; as well as the 2000 TV pilot of "The Fugitive"'s revival series, which was cancelled after 22 episodes back in 2001. This second series has not been released on DVD or Blu-ray thus far, so it's nice to have a taste of it here. Also, the older DVD bonus features are here as well, including a few vintage featurettes and more.
Overall, not quite a fully-loaded edition but definitely a big improvement over the first Blu-ray release. Whether you bought that, held off or have never seen "The Fugitive", this 20th Anniversary release is worth picking up.
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.
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Harrison Ford's been knocked for not putting much 'feeling' into some of his roles. But if there are emotions he does do well, it's desperation and determined stoicism with a touch of sarcasm... a perfect fit for a fugitive out to clear his name. As well, Tommy Lee Jones is a lock as U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard- he plays the character's somewhat cocky and no-nonsense attitude to perfection. He also gets the best lines, and a pretty good supporting cast playing his U.S. Marshal Service cohorts (including the recently- recognized Joe Pantoliano). It's scenery-chewing at it's best, and definitely an Oscar-worthy perfomance.
Their performances of the two main characters and antagonists is so compelling that, like my fellow reviewers have stated before, I was rooting for the both of them throughout the presentation. It's two 'good guys' against each other, with one helping lead the other to the same end!
When I heard about the Special Edition DVD release, I was kinda bummed. I'd already spent a few bucks on the original release, and never anticipated the possibility of an enhanced version. But, thanks to those wonderful buyers on eBay, I got a good return on my original disc at a minimal loss, and grabbed a copy of the new one.
The new disc isn't half-bad, but doesn't quite match up to the standards of other fully-loaded DVD fare as `T2 Ultimate Edition' or `The Abyss'.Read more ›
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I wanted this for my collection.When I opened the case the DVD holder was broken but the DVD wasn't scratched and it played perfectly so overall I'm pretty satisfied.Published 13 days ago by Wesley Chriscoe
Tommy Lee Jones is one of my very favorite actors. I have watched this movie again and again just to hear him deliver his witty lines! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Tara B.
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