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Speed (Special Edition) [DVD]

Keanu Reeves , Dennis Hopper , Allison Lyon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels
  • Directors: Allison Lyon
  • Producers: Jackson De Govia
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EF7XJC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,787 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

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 (Sandra Bullock), the passenger who is forced to take the driving wheel after the driver is shot.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a better action film? 21 Jan 2006
By DCP
Format:DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film gets excellent Blu Ray transfer 12 Aug 2012
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Speed 1 (5 stars) : Speed 2 (Zero Stars) 23 Dec 2007
By Jay
Format:DVD
Speedy Review:

Speed : Brilliant screenplay as if comic strip type. Fast moving action brilliantly portrayed by Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. The villian, Denis Hopper gives one of his best performances ever.In a nustshell,Adrenalin packed.

Speed 2: So bad, it isn't even worth a review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speed [Blu-ray] 16 April 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best action Movie ever 21 July 2002
Format:DVD
Speed" is one of the best action films with a few comedy bits; it is so great that it will live you clinging to your chair. There are lots of action, suspense and great explosions that will bow you away. Speed does live up to its title, even if you see it multiple times; the suspense is still there. Speed has a great cast including Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels and Sandra Bullock.
Keanu Reeves plays Jack Traven, an LAPD officer whom with his partner Harry Temple (played by Jeff Daniels) rescue a group of executives trapped in a sabotaged elevator, hence foils a mad bomber named Howard Payne's (played by Dennis Hopper) plans to collect a ransom of $3M. In reprisal, Payne sets a bomb on a city bus, which will arm itself when the bus reaches 50 mph, and explode if the bus goes below 50 mph and if any passengers try to get off. Sandra Bullock, who plays Annie Porter, one of the passenger who ends up driving the bus during the whole movie.
From elevator, to car, to bus, to train, the thrills never cease in Speed; it's got the finest ingredients for action, a striking romance between Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. Although I have never seen such an access panel on a bus before, I am also certain that those buses are not able to open their doors while in motion, and thinking of travelling on a public transport in Los Angeles traffic at 50 mph is astonishing. Even though this movie is still a great movie.
The thing that makes this great movie is that it is not all predictable, it makes you think, and "I was like WOW I did not see that coming".
Overall this movie is excellently made with big wonderful explosions, great casts, non-stop actions, a fast movie and it's like a roller coaster. An overall rating is a magnificent 10 out of 10.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Bought this for a Christmas present. All seems well so I have no complaints and my son likes it. Thanks
Published 3 days ago by Hellywelly
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
i would recommend both of these films sandra bullock is brilliant she is a very good actress and both plots are brilliant altho speed one is best
Published 12 days ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Film
More than likely buy again in the very near future if I see some more great films that I like
Published 26 days ago by GWJ Painter
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best action films ever
The plot behind Speed is something that on paper looks like it would never work. However the result creates one of the best action suspense films ever made. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Gatekeeper197
4.0 out of 5 stars "Speed" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US' Disc...
Feel the need for "Speed"? What's not to love about this actioner that still stands up to this day. Except maybe the number of times Sandra Bullock calls Keanu "Jack"... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC 90s ACTION FLICK
One of my favourite films, Bullock at her absolute best!
Would recommend this for a night on the edge of your seat just waiting for the next suspense filled thrill trip! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gracy Poulter
4.0 out of 5 stars enteraining
good film would recommend the film not watched both films so can not comment on both of the films thankyou
Published 2 months ago by Tracy England
5.0 out of 5 stars 90's classic
One of the best action movies of the 90's for sure. It is known widely as a die hard clone, "die hard on a bus" for fans and it has great action scenes to please action... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sergio
5.0 out of 5 stars classic great films
I brought this box set as I remember watching these films and thought they were great action films and wanted the box set to be able to watch them again and again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amy Cheney
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb movie, shame about the transfer to Blu-ray
This movie is a classic, no other film has a similar plot which today is refreshing. Everything seems to be remade every 10 years or so, anyway I digress. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Nolan
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