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Lt. Col. Caldwell (SEAN CONNERY) and Police Inspector Jay Austin (MARK H ARMON) don't like each other. Not even a little bit. That's because Cald well helped run Austin out of the military police a few years back. And now these natural enemies are forced to team up to solve a brutal murder at The Presidio military compound.To make matters worse, Inspector Aust in has taken a sudden and passionate interest in a beautiful, feisty yo ung woman (MEG RYAN), who just happens to be Lt. Col. Caldwell's daughte r. First, sparks fly betw een the young lovers. Then fists and bullets s tart flying as this action-packed thriller kicks into high gear and tear s up the stree ts of San Francisco.]]>
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Connery is Lieutenant Colonel Caldwell, the cantankerous, by-the-book Provost Marshal of the Presidio; Harmon is Jay Austin, forced out of the military by Caldwell and now a hot-headed San Francisco police detective. When a military policeman is murdered during a break-in at the Presidio Officer's Club, the two must cooperate on the investigation. Their difficult relationship is made more challenging by Austin's attraction to Caldwell's beautiful but rebellious daughter, played with aggressive gusto by Meg Ryan.
The murder investigation leads to a conspiracy with ties back to the Vietnam War, culminating in a violent shoot-out in a bottled water warehouse. The plot will seem clumsy to audiences now savy on crime forensics; the even clumsier dialogue sometimes threatens to bury the movie altogether.
The movie has its redeeming features. Connerly and Harmon manage to craft a little "old bull, young bull" buddy chemistry on screen. A scene in which Caldwell impresses Austin by using a little hopkido to clean up a bar with a loud-mouthed drunk may be the highpoint of the movie. The movie makes good use of its location shooting around the Presidio.
This movie is recommended as mild entertainment for fans of Sean Connery and Mark Harmon.
This review is just for the Blu-Ray and not the movie itself, though it does star Meg Ryan as well, before her terrible plastic surgery face.
The movie comes with a theatrical trailer for The Presidio... yeah, that's it. Pretty lame for a new Blu-Ray release.
The video quality is superb, superior black levels, film grain is visible, and there is no visible artificial sharpening. A solid and impressive transfer for a mostly ordinary suspense thriller nearly 25 years old. Being that there are basically no supplemental features, Warner/Paramount was able to compress it onto a BD-25 with an average bitrate of 23.95 Mbps.
Overall, this film is pretty predictable and formulaic but well done. It's shot exceptionally well as all of Peter Hyams films are, Mark Harmon and Sean Connery have a great chemistry and make for a good pair in this basic buddy cop film. For an older, mostly forgotten film, this is a solid Blu-Ray release. Unfortunately Warner/Paramount didn't feel the same way and included basically no supplemental materials. With the really great transfer, any fan of this film should upgrade from their 1999 DVD release, if the price is right.
Enjoy mysteries? If you haven't seen this one, you should. Both actors give great performances.
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A good mystery that keeps the bad guy hidden until the very end. This stars a very young Mark Harmon, for those fans of NCIS.Published 8 hours ago by Lynn Anderson
See Sean Connery in typical Connery style and see young Mark Harmon. Good movie to pass the time away on a rainy day.Published 4 days ago by Sylvia Y. Hoffner
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