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Absolute Power [Blu-ray] [1997] [Region Free]

Clint Eastwood , Gene Hackman , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Scott Glenn
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Karen Spiegel
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Greek
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030A0ZDY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,986 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Clint Eastwood's 1997 box-office hit stars himself as Luther Whitney, a highly skilled thief who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing the murder of a woman involved in a secret tryst with the US president (played by Gene Hackman). Determined to clear his name, Whitney cleverly eludes a tenacious detective (Ed Harris) while investigating a corruption of power reaching to the highest level of government. Adapted by veteran screenwriter William Goldman from David Baldacci's novel, this thriller balances expert suspense with well-drawn characters and an intelligent plot that's just a pounding heartbeat away from real White House headlines. Absolute Power features the great Judy Davis in a memorable supporting role as the White House chief of staff who desperately attempts to cover up the crime. --Jeff Shannon,

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Whilst on a job, burglar Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) witnesses the President of the United States, Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman), committing murder in the apartment of wealthy businessman Walter Sullivan. Richmond kills Sullivan's wife, with whom he was having an affair, and then makes it look as if the woman was killed during a burglary. When Whitney sees Richmond offering Sullivan his condolences on national television he decides to bring him to justice, only to find himself coming under suspicion from police detective Seth Frank (Ed Harris). Whitney is soon being pursued by both the police and Richmond's complicitous secret service agents.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray product review 5 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This review is about the PRODUCT, and not the FILM.

For a film of this age (1996), the HD-transfer is above average but nothing spectacular. Outdoor/day shots are very clear and clean, but there is a very noticeable BLUR during the indoor/night scenes, particularly during the robbery/attack at the beginning. The office scenes (day) are good, but again not outstanding. One thing I definitely noticed was a reduction in the sound. I had to turn my speakers up 75% to be able to hear it properly. All things considered, given the sound, the picture and the lack of extras, I would have to rate this 2.5/5 stars, but as Amazon doesn't permit this, I will stick with 2*.

Two points of interest, the cover does not match the one shown here on Amazon (the one shown here is the DVD sleeve image with a superimposed PG certificate), plus the film carries a 15 certificate - not PG.

There are absolutely NO EXTRAS - not even a trailer.

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio / English 5.1 Dolby Digital / Castilian Spanish 5.1 / French 5.1 / German 5.1 / Italian 5.1 / Latin Spanish 2.0
Subtitles: English / Castilian Spanish / Danish / Finnish / French / German / Greek / Italian / Norwegian / Portuguese / Swedish
Chapters: 34
Ratio: 2.40:1 Anamorphic widescreen
Running time: 121 minutes
Label : Warner Home Video
Catalogue number: 2000040028
Blu-Ray Released: 2010
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2.0 out of 5 stars DVD Absolute Power 29 April 2014
By Miguel
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Purchased this DVD as I like C Eastwood, the book was written by D Baldacci whom I love. The film, however, was a total let down. It was really a synopsis of what was a very good book. Amazes me how permission was given to release the DVD as for me "it completely lost the plot"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not a patch on the book. 8 Mar 2014
What a shame that they always spoil the story when they take a good book and turn it into a mediocre film. They missed out the main man from the book completely and then adapted the story, but in my opinion they completely ruined it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars slow but very well done 20 Nov 2013
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I like the way CE has aged and his films have aged with him he has stayed believable ..instead of trying to be 30 and running around like a lunatic he has made some good films that are age appropriate if you like this you may like blood work again a little slow but a good film go ahead ...make your day !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Power 25 Mar 2011
This Is an excellent film. Clint Eastwood in top form as s burglar turned hero when the President wants his dirty deads covered up and they well and truly overstep the mark when they try and kill Clint's daughter. Very well written thoroughly enjoyed this throughout. Well worth buying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has Potential, But Never Hits It 7 Aug 2014
By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE
This is a promising film, with a high calibre cast following an acclaimed story. However, it has a fascinating opening half-hour, introducing all the key players and setting up the scene very well, but after that it plays as a very slow and steady cat-and-mouse game as Whitney must convince both Kate and Frank of his innocence and guide them to the truth, whilst evading the might of the Secret Service as they try to cover up their tracks.

It’s got Eastwood’s trademark direction over it, with long sweeping panoramic shots and using the city as a supporting character, with great cinematography. All the actors play their part perfectly, and it’s refreshing to see an older cast deliver such finely crafted performances rather than young, upcoming stars.

It’s not an action film, bar a few sequences to liven up the pace of things, but more driven by interesting characters and a countdown as to who will discover the truth first. It just never really picks up pace, and even the conclusion is very tame and delivered with litter urgency. If you’re not into political thrillers, you may find this slightly boring, as it’s not one of Eastwood’s best films, but it’s a solid effort on the basis of a memorable narrative.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Probably my favourite Clint Eastwood film, in my opinion he is just as good a director as he is an actor you can't say that about many actors.
I think that Clint Eastwood really understands his craft from both sides of the camera, what more can you say watch this movie I think that you will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The suspense master. 13 April 2014
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It is a great twist on other murder mysteries and it is so interesting seeing how the plot unravels and who triumphs.
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