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88 Minutes [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Al Pacino , Alicia Witt , Jon Avnet    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Ben McKenzie, Leelee Sobieski, Amy Brenneman
  • Directors: Jon Avnet
  • Writers: Gary Scott Thompson
  • Producers: Andreas Thiesmeyer, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Gary Scott Thompson
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C5LLLY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,928 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Al Pacino looks startled through much of 88 Minutes, as though taken by surprise at being cast in a thriller that must have first passed across the desks of Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford. Still, Pacino brings his usual oomph to the role of a Seattle forensic psychiatrist, whose testimony secured the death sentence for a crazy serial killer (Neal McDonough). Wouldn't you know it, the very day the killer is sentenced to die, a copycat "Seattle Slayer" is on the loose, and Pacino starts getting ominous phone calls telling him the exact time of his own death. Tick, tock: it's 88 minutes away. The film then serves up more red herrings than a Stalingrad fish fry, as possible culprits pop up every five minutes or so (among them an attractive group of med-school students played by Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, and Benjamin McKenzie). Lapses in logic abound, but if you hunker down and zone in on Pacino's weary-eyed, ever-changing-haired professionalism, you can enjoy the goings-on. (Seattle's frequent stunt double, Vancouver, B.C., stands in as a location, and Jon Avnet supplies the slick direction. The cast is talented (including Amy Brenneman), leading you to guess that a lot of people will do anything just to work with Al Pacino. And you've got to admire Pacino' for sharing the screen with statuesque actresses such as Brenneman and Sobieski, they tower over him, but he still holds his own. --Robert Horton

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars '24 Lite': harmless entertainment 1 Aug 2009
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is an odd little movie; a good example of how far you can stretch a small budget. Obviously inspired by '24' it uses much of the same high-speed sleight of hand to obfuscate the obvious.
The director must have spent the majority of the money on Pacino, who came over a bit showboat but that'll be a treat for Al fans. If you gallop along with the plot and don't consider too deeply then it works pretty well. The cast create a clever atmosphere of paranoia so we couldn't figure out exactly who was behind the plot -- or what exactly the plot was. Kept us guessing until the final reveal, which is a result. Not surprised it didn't get a big distribution at cinemas, but this made for perfectly acceptable rental entertainment.
The dvd extras were above average, too; a bit of insight from both director and star instead of Mr Gruff Voiceover doing a promo for the film we'd just seen. Nice to see an alternative ending.
7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lightweight version of '24' 19 Nov 2012
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is an odd little movie; a good example of how far you can stretch a small budget. Obviously inspired by '24' it uses much of the same high-speed sleight of hand to obfuscate the obvious.
The director must have spent the majority of the money on Pacino, who came over a bit showboat but that'll be a treat for Al fans. If you gallop along with the plot and don't consider too deeply then it works pretty well. The cast create a clever atmosphere of paranoia so we couldn't figure out exactly who was behind the plot -- or what exactly the plot was. Kept us guessing until the final reveal, which is a result. Not surprised it didn't get a big distribution at cinemas, but this made for perfectly acceptable rental entertainment.
The dvd extras were above average, too; a bit of insight from both director and star instead of Mr Gruff Voiceover doing a promo for the film we'd just seen. Nice to see an alternative ending.
7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caution forced sub titles 5 Jun 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Fortunately the majority of German blu rays do not carry forced sub titles however this is not one of them .
Its a shame because the picture quality is ok and the audio is lossless.
To watch this in hi def you will therefore need region free capacity to benefit from the lossless audio encoded region A locked American blu ray.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could do better 6 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
Although there is plenty of tension in this fast paced thriller, Pacino appeared lacklustre to me. He goes through the motions of being the potential victim of a vengeful serial killer with all the verve of an actor trying to earn enough money to pay for a new roof on his house.

The film starts off with a thoroughly unpleasant opening scene. The story then reveals our action hero FBI forensic psychiatrist being pitted against time as he tries to unravel a mystery that may save his life. He doesn't know who to trust and there are plenty of Agatha Christie style red herrings thrown in for good measure.

Unfortunately the ending was fairly predictable and the film's villain was hopelessly one dimensional. If this is Hollywood's attempt at producing an intelligent film, it is hardly surprising that the Brits have done so well at the Oscars recently.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to like and very enjoyable 12 Sep 2010
By Benminx
Format:DVD
This is like a juiced-up version of 'DOA', only in this film, Pacino isn't dying - he's urgently trying to work out who's calling him to inform him of his imminent death in a series of nuisance phone calls while someone starts violently slashing up women in the style of the serial killer he put away nearly a decade ago. Avnet does a great job at turning a largely unoriginal story into enjoyable viewing. Yes, it's the eve of the killer's execution, but the killer is played by the magnetic Neal McDonough. Yes, Pacino's a weathered professional with a tragic past, but the tragedy is only hinted at until a surprisingly emotional and powerful reveal, and he manages to seem weathered without seeming downbeat or depressed. And yes, there are a vast plethora of suspects showered at the audience, but all of them are well acted and interesting.
His co-stars include Williams Forsythe in an under-used but passable role, Amy Brenneman is great, and it's nice to see Leelee Sobieski since I last remember her in 'Roadkill'. It's a big cast, but they all revolve around Pacino as he fights off the media curiosity about whether jailed killer McDonough is or isn't innocent while he tries to fight for his life.
It's got more action, chases and violence than I expected, and the climax is inventive. The visuals are also creative and help raise its game. It isn't genius but it's extremely entertaining and is very much well worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 8 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I like that , that's exactly what i was looking for , Thank you very much , have a nice time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars fairy tale. 15 Oct 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
did not run whith the story .seemed to me as if they made it up as they went along.can I have my money back please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story well told 23 July 2013
Format:DVD
An action movie shot on location in Vancouver - an unpleasant story with Al Pacino playing the main character. And what a character he has created. Jack Gramm works as a lecturer on seriously unpleasant crimes. He probably does his job well, but has suffered tragedy in his personal life which colours the way he lives. The words he is given to say are not profound, but the way he says them - wow. Well he is Al Pacino. John Avnet is an experienced director and the story is well told. Good entertainment and at this price - you can't lose!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't quite hit the spot
As a fan of thriller and action movies, I bought 88 minutes staring Al Pacino with high hopes of a gritty, exciting psychological thriller. Read more
Published 10 months ago by perryc08
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this film in Mexico on my holidays.
I watched this film on Mexican TV, forgot how good it was, worth buying for the price. Would recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. S. N. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent dvd
Full of on the edge of your seat stuff and keeps you guessing right to the end. Love Al Pacino who doesn't?
Published 15 months ago by Nicky B
5.0 out of 5 stars 88 minutes dvd
Ordered this for my partner as he is a fan of Al pacino, it was delivered as it said and was brand new.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Christine Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad i ignore some reviews!!
Why this film has been given 2 or even 1 star by some reviewers is beyond me,it is quick paced and certainly not long like many films can be for no reason. Read more
Published on 13 July 2011 by mike1977
2.0 out of 5 stars Good uncomplicated fun.
An ok film. Easy to watch. Pacino is good as usual. Some of it does not make sense though, why would that guy guy be going after Pacino with a gun that is a bit extreme and... Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by Paul H
5.0 out of 5 stars All Female Legal Interns Watch This
This is an exemplary film which should be watched by all the silly young female British legal interns who go off to do "work" (aka waste their time, talent, and their precious... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2010 by Alistair McConnachie
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