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Speed/Speed 2 - Cruise Control [DVD] [1994]

4.6 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Joe Morton
  • Directors: Jan de Bont
  • Writers: Jan de Bont, Graham Yost, Jeff Nathanson, Randall McCormick
  • Producers: Allison Lyon Segan, Glenn Salloum, Ian Bryce
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: Norwegian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, English, Polish, Swedish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Icelandic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan. 2004
  • Run Time: 231 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000X7S84
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,417 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A double bill of the Sandra Bullock action films. In 'Speed', Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), an LAPD cop on SWAT detail, has a fearless nature and a keen understanding of the criminal mind, but he is also rather reckless. Together with partner Harry (Jeff Daniels), they rescue a dozen hostages from a booby-trapped elevator rigged by a psychotic ex-cop (Dennis Hopper). With his plans foiled by Jack, the bomber makes alternative arrangements - rigging a city bus to explode if the speedometer drops below 50 mph. It's then up to Jack to save the passengers, including feisty Annie (Bullock), the passenger who is forced to take the driving wheel after the driver is shot. Whilst in 'Speed 2', Bullock returns as Annie Porter, holidaying in the Caribbean on a cruiser with new love Alex Shaw (Jason Patric). However, embittered computer genius John Geiger (Willem Dafoe) sets the ship on a collision course with a super tanker after planting timers and explosives all over the vessel. Alex and Annie struggle to save their fellow passengers and themselves in another desperate race against time.

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Everything clicked in this 1994 action hit, from the premise (a city bus has to keep moving at 50 mph or blow up) to the two leads (the usually inscrutable Keanu Reeves and the cute-as-a-button Sandra Bullock) to the villain (Dennis Hopper in psycho mode) to the director (Jan De Bont, who made this film hit the ground running with an edge-of-your-seat opening sequence on a broken elevator). This is the sort of movie that becomes a prototype for a thousand lesser films (including De Bont's lousy sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control), but Speed really is a one-of-a-kind experience almost anyone can enjoy. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Format: Blu-ray
Speed falls into the same category as Die Hard: it may have been conceived as popcorn fodder for the multiplexes, but as the years go past (almost twenty of them since its cinema release), it ages more and more gracefully into a classic. Dennis Hopper turns in a nicely insane villain, Sandra Bullock does her slightly off centre quirky but good hearted person, and Keanu Reeves is the solidly dependable maverick policeman who saves the day. The tension is high throughout, largely because of the excellent performances by all involved, and the stunt sequences apparently done for real and not by computer generation.

Where this Blu Ray particularly excels is in the quality of its transfer. The print is sharp, the sound is clear, the colours are balanced. And there are some interesting extras on the disc. In short, this is the way that Blu Rays should be, and I highly recommend the extra investment over DVD.
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"Speed" is as daft as a bag of hammers, but entertaining at almost every turn, if you will.

The video and audio quality of this Blu-Ray release are both perfectly good; as a life-sized, live-action film (little use of models or CGI), "Speed" holds up well to transfer to HD and has aged relatively well.

Although the Product Details section above reads "Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1" (at least, it does as of writing; I have submitted updated product details) the feature is actually presented in 2.35:1.
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I'm not particularly into films. And I've never really gone for action films, to be honest. See one car chase and you've seen them all. Explosions are always orange. But 'Speed' is something else. It's one of those films that comes on while you're doing the ironing and two hours later there's a large triangular hole in your best shirt, but you don't mind in the slightest. The best opening sequence since Die Hard 3 (and I only watched that because 'Speed' attuned my palate to the genre) reels you in and then whisks you along at well over 50mph to a breakneck (sorry) finish.

The plot is as strong as a rock: After seeing his painstakingly crafted bomb plot fail at the hands of two LA Cops (Reeves and Daniels), the bomber (Hopper) sets about exacting his revenge by setting a bus to explode if its speed drops below 50mph. The tension is expertly crafted, the film adjusts its pace at the all right times and the character development and attention to detail make the film rounded enough to avoid the trap of it becoming a formulaic action or disaster movie. A smart script full of nice touches and clever one-liners keeps you listening as well as watching. The result exceeds your expectations time and again throughout the length of the film.

Hopper is perfect as the crazed bomber "I'm not crazy, Jack - poor people are crazy. I'm eccentric." Bullock gives the best performance of her career (what a shame she consistently picked turkeys after leading in this epic) as the gutsy damsel at the wheel, and Reeves (let's be kind) grunts and flexes his way through the film except on the few occasions when his acting ability is uncomfortably stretched. Jeff Daniels meanwhile appears like a different human from the actor who goofed around so hilariously in Dumb and Dumber.

The film has everything. The Radio Times (and who doesn't trust that?) gives it five stars. Even girls will like it.

If you don't like action films, watch Speed. I did.
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By CAPTAIN CLEGG TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2014
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Great action film, if not Keanu reeves best film. Keanu Reeves who works for the L.A.P.D SWAT team, has been sent by the bomber to diffuse a bomb planted on a moving city bus, if the bus goes below 50 miles per hour the bomb will detonate and kill every one on board.

The driver who has been shot, has been taken over by one of the passengers.(Sandra bullock) There are some gripping moments when they find away of tricking the bomber who is played by the late Dennis Hopper who was wonderful in this film.

The Blu-ray is just beautiful, and the master audio is in DTS HD is just perfect.
But to tell you the truth the two disc DVD release was much better than this and
that is the why I gave it four stars, it could of been better.

***FEATURES BELOW***

Commentaries from director jan de bont
and writer graham yost and producer
mark Gordon

Speed: Take Down Java Game

Trivia track, personal scene selections and
high definition trailers
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A man tries to extort money by threatening to kill a lift full of people with explosives. The city is about to give in when rookie cop, Jack Traven stops him.

Jack and his partner, Harry find him and corner him but instead of giving up he detonates an explosive vest.

He is believed to be dead but he tries again, and this time he has placed bomb on a bus that will exploded if the bus goes below 50 mph.

Jack tries to stop the bus before the bomb is armed but he's too late, all he can do now is to keep it going......

It's one of the most high concept films ever made, and to be fair, it's three Die Hard movies in one; Die Hard in a lift, on a bus, and on a train, and it's as brilliant as it sounds.

Hopper makes the film, and although this shot Reeves' star right into the stratosphere, he still clearly is just a pretty face, as he cannot act for toffee.

The second act is the defining element of the film, as soon as Jack boards the bus, the tension is racked all the way up, and it doesn't let up until one of the most wonderful explosions ever committed to screen.

Ignore the flaws, there are plenty, and De Bont never helmed a film as good as this again.

One of the highlights of 1994.
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