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his best buddy, Tom Arnold from "Roseanne" fame, is the perfect comic foil. It's really Tom that makes this act/adv stand out from the crowd. The dialogue is fast, funny, and Tom takes it to the limit. Also up for a laugh is Bill Paxton, another Cameron regular (Aliens), who plays a seedy used-car salesman posing as a spy in order to seduce women. He really goes all the way, completely unafraid of playing a true idiot!
It's just so great to watch an act/adv with great action that isn't limited to the usual, off-hand quips from stoneyfaced he-men. This movie is one of my favorites because it's a great popcorn movie that delivers on many levels. It's not just an excuse to blow things up and no one takes themselves too seriously. Everyone obviously had a great time making this film and it shows. I hope they make the sequel soon.
However, the DVD release presented here is brutal. Do not let the THX certification on the front of the DVD case fool you. The film is presented in 2.35:1 aspect ration, but is not anamorphic widescreen, a format optimized for widescreen televisions. It is presented in letterbox format instead, which means that the picture is much, much worse than its anamorphic equivalent because the black bars at the top and bottom are actually encoded into the video stream. This process leaves less room in the video encoding for the actual image, reducing its quality. Anamorphic widescreen leaves the black bars out of the video encoding, preserving more of the video stream for the actual image and allowing the DVD player and TV to add the black bars if necessary. Since a widescreen TV does not have need for these bars, they can be left off entirely, leaving only the high quality image.
Anamorphic widescreen has been a standard feature of DVDs for years now, so it's easy to forget that not all DVDs have it. Old DVDs are especially suspect on this front. If you have a nice television, the lack of anamorphic widescreen will be very noticeable and distracting throughout the film. Maybe it will be out on Blu-ray soon...
True Lies is a movie about an U. S. spy (played by Arnold Swarzennegger) who tries to keep his true occupation a secret from his wife( played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of Tony Curtis, and her mother was Janet Leigh.
Anyhow this movie has some hilarious moments, I especially like the used car salesman, who reminds me of an ex-friend.
Highly recommended for fans of Arnold Swarzennegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. I didn't realize she could play a sexy role.
Gunner February, 2008
Are they laughing at us? Come on get real. Take a look at many low budget or crappy titles out there that get released anamorphic or on blu ray faster than the big titles. We don't want to wait until we get grey hair to enjoy the new technology available. FOX you disappoint us big time!
IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP.
When Arnold gets together with James Cameron, you know the action's going to be unbelievable. I can't wait for TRUE LIES 2. The chase scene in the snow, the bridge chase, and the Harrier scene...some of the best action I've seen in years.
Jamie Lee Curtis as Arnold's unsuspecting wife is just great. She can play both the vulnerable housewife and the hard as nails woman protecting herself...plus she can scream really well! The chemistry between her and Arnold onscreen is great.
The comedy in this movie is great. Tom Arnold plays Arnold's partner and just gets walked all over by him. Has to take all the abuse and cruddy jobs...just hilarious. Then there's Bill Paxton's bit role as a sleazy car salesman. He does an unbelievably funny job.
This is probably Arnold's best movie since TERMINATOR 2. Definitely a must see for any action junkie.
This has the best picture (via S-video) and audio quality I've seen so far on a DVD.
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This is by far the worst quality professionally released DVD I've ever seen. It looks like it was shot with a VCR camcorder in 1989. BLACK BARS on all 4 sides!! Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Karl Bastian
No purchase till Blu Ray release. You can get it on VUDU Disc to Digital which is in 5.1 Anamorphic.Published 1 day ago by Chad A. Podell
This is a crap transfer non anamorphic widescreen. Meaning it's a widescreen for a 4:3 tube TV. Black bars on all 4 sides of the movie! Do Not Buy!!Published 20 days ago by ChongLi
This is by far the worst quality professionally released DVD I've ever seen. It looks like it was shot with a VCR camcorder in 1989. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael
Just an all around fun movie that we have enjoyed for years. It is a family favorite.Published 1 month ago by Heard59
Terrible image quality. This looks like a VHS copy, even the package and disc print looks bad.Published 1 month ago by BC
The format the dvd was presented in was problematic as we had to continually change back and forth from zoom to normal bc of the company logo resizing the tv screen.Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Pfahler
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