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Presidio, The

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Presidio, The (DVD)

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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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AEFYW64
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
It's not the greatest thriller out there, but its decent enough to enjoy if you just don't assume that its a bad movie. Sean Connery does an excellent job, and Mark Harmon is not as wooden as other reviews would have you believe; he is at least comparable to his role in Navy CIS on tv. The action scenes are good, especially the foot chase in Chinatown. And the San Francisco locations are used to create a nice atmosphere. Connery and Harmon play off each other quite nicely and there are many scenese of subtle humor...a good movie.
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I've seen this film about 20 times and I still love it. The terrific scenery of San Francisco is just one element of a "thinking person's" action film. A movie with a brain. And, probably Meg Ryan's best performance on film. Mark Harmon and Connery are perfectly cast and the script is intelligent and fascinating. I love this movie.
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Format: DVD
1988's "The Presidio" paired veteran actor Sean Connery with a young Mark Harmon and a younger Meg Ryan in a rather mundane San Francisco murder mystery. The movie was set at the U.S. Army's beautiful Presidio of San Francisco military base and in San Francisco itself.

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.
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Format: Blu-ray
The Presidio, directed by Peter Hyams (Timecop, Stay Tuned) introduces us to an unlikely pair of Military Police played by Sean Connery (Dr. No, Highlander) and Mark Harmon (Summer School, NCIS) who must solve a murder at the Presidio, an army base in San Francisco.

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.
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This is a fast paced, crackerjack mystery with an impressive San Francisco backdrop that, nevertheless, has a few rough edges. Mark Harmon is police detective and former MP whose anti-army, anti-officer attitude is overdone. Sean Conner is a sharp, but by the book MP colonel whose alienation from the world is overdone and Meg Ryan is his out of control daughter who is a bit too overwrought. The poor marksmanship of the villains is remarkable. Still, this is a movie worth seeing and seeing again.
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Fairly absorbing mysteery, complicated by a strained father-daughter relationship. Great Sean Connery, as usual, but even he can't save the weak plot. However, this is an entertaining movie with a surprise ending. Fun to watch, but not one of Connery's best.
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Good movie, Mark Harmon (plays Gibbs on NCIS) is great at playing a detective as evidenced by his frequent roles as one.This movie is no different. Sean Connery is great as always and the reason i took the chance in watching this. Meg Ryan and Jack Warden help round out the cast. Story line is decent but a little choppy in a few areas. Worth watching. If it was possible I would give 4.5/5 stars
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I love this film on VHS and enjoy the film even more so on this DVD version. Audio and video quality are consistent throughout without having to worry about lowering or raising the volume while viewing it. Great story too.
Enjoy mysteries? If you haven't seen this one, you should. Both actors give great performances.
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