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The Fugitive [Blu-ray] [1993] [US Import]

Harrison Ford , Tommy Lee Jones , Andrew Davis    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano
  • Directors: Andrew Davis
  • Writers: David Twohy, Jeb Stuart, Roy Huggins
  • Producers: Arnold Kopelson, Keith Barish, Nana Greenwald, Peter Macgregor-Scott
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XOW8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Fugitive could have been just another action movie, compelling in the cinema but losing impact on the small screen, were it not for two things: it has a brilliant script and a very strong line-up of actors. When eminent surgeon Dr Richard Kimble is wrongly convicted of his wife’s brutal murder (let’s face it--his story about doing battle with a one-armed intruder is hardly plausible), he's sentenced to death. Fate, however, gives him a second chance when his prison bus is involved in an accident with a train and he escapes, determined to find the real killer and clear his name. Hot on his heels is the relentless, wise-cracking Sam Gerard, a marshal with a mission.

The two stars, Harrison Ford (Kimble, kooky beard and 47 shades of anguish) and Tommy Lee Jones (Gerard, for which he deservedly won an Oscar) not surprisingly steal the show with their battle of wits and muscle. It's a rapport that develops as the film progresses, and is both complex and fascinating--no facile goodie versus baddie scenario here. And the essential slime factor comes from Kimble's sinisterly suave friend, Dr Nichols (Joroen Krabbé superb). Great story, brilliantly done; altogether, a breathlessly enthralling two hours.

On the DVD: The Fugitive special edition features a commentary from director Andrew Davis, introducing characters and offering background insight, plus a three-way phone conversation between Davis, Ford and Jones on their experiences of the movie. There's also detailed commentary on how the spectacular train crash was set up and the endless saga of perfecting the script. Also, the usual scene selections, theatrical trailer, choice of languages (English, French and Italian) and a broad choice of subtitles. A pretty impressive package overall.--Harriet Smith

Synopsis

In this breathless, man hunt, prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, (Ford)is a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife. He is determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one armed man who actually committed the crime.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kimble On The Run 20 April 2008
By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Harrison Ford is Dr Richard Kimble, a specialist at a Chicago hospital. He's out having fun with his wife when he gets a call to do some emergency surgery - so he leaves his wife to go home, as he goes off to help. What he doesn't know is that while he's doing important surgery, some crazed man is killing his wife, and he's squarely put in the frame for her murder, and even sent down for it. Kimble has to prove his innocence - and evade the obsessive Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), who doesn't want to let it slide - he wants Richard, preferably alive.

I really enjoyed The Fugitive, every time you think it can't get better, it does. The action is great and Harrison Ford is very convincing. I also liked the way he kept investigating the case even though he knew the US Marshals were after him.

The HD transfer isn't bad, but not as good as I've seen so far, yet, the MPEG2 running at a steady 20Mbps average is pretty good. The audio is a bit flakey, 448kbps. The picture is full frame 16:9, so you won't be having to peer through a letterbox to watch the action.

The extras are not bad; an introduction, audio commentary which includes Harrison Ford, 2 featurettes and a rather poorly encoded theatrical trailer.

This isn't a bad transfer picture wise, but the audio could have been much better - still if you're an avid Fugitive fan you'll want this, otherwise the DVD is just as good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The running man 12 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
More than a decade on, The Fugitive holds up surprisingly well, managing to neatly avoid the usual pitfalls of TV-series-to-movie crossovers by opting to tell a single self-contained story rather than trying to set up a new franchise. Thus Harrison Ford's Richard Kimble doesn't go on the road helping strangers resolve their problems because he's too busy trying to evade capture, prove his innocence and catch his wife's killer, making for an entirely satisfying manhunt thriller that stands on its own merits. Chief among them is Tommy Lee Jones, taking over from a dying Richard Jordan and walking off with the movie as his dogged pursuer, getting all the best lines and effortlessly outshining the film's star.

Although not exactly overloaded with extras - audio commentary by Andrew Davis and Tommy Lee Jones, a couple of featurettes including one on the train wreck, trailer and a bizarre introduction by Andrew Davis, Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford - this special edition is definitely worth picking up over the previous barebones release if you stick to the DVD. The first Blu-ray release, however, is infamously poor and looks no better than the DVD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film But DVD Quality Picture 26 Nov 2010
By Hagrid's Umbrella VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Just wanted to make the quick point that this film is an excellent action film (4 stars) but there's not really any point in getting it on Blu-ray as the picture quality is not much better than DVD. I assume this is due the quality of the film prints they had to work with the film being a bit older.

Edit: We have a much better HD TV now and whilst you can see more detail (e.g. skin imperfections if really look) the overall quality doesn't have the Lushness and clarity you'd expect from HD. Now it's possible that orginally film was shot like that (deliberate and a nod to the old TV show or just not great quality?) but for me didn't look too much better than DVD quality. If you love this film then probably get the blu ray but if its a more casual buy I'd consider the DVD.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN!!! 14 Nov 2003
Format:DVD
What a classic! I can watch this film whenever I want and I won't get bored.Who can forget the scene where he jumps into the reservoir from the sewers.Richard(Harrison Ford) plays the role prfectly as the fugitive.He is clever, cunning and ruthless, all at once and Samuel Gerrard(Tommy Lee Jones) is just as good if not better as the federal marshall who will never give up on his prey.
No one could have played these two roles as good as these two actors in my view, although Wesley Snipes does quite a good job in U.S. Marshals.The supporting cast is also very strong, which is probably one of the reasons it was such a huge success.
The two villains are ones that you just love to hate, especially Kimbles FRIEND, who you would just love to smack yourself!! which I suppose is another reason why my eyes were glued to the screen.
Anyone who hasn't seen this film, should do, I recommend it very highly and I'm sure you won't be disappointed as it is really for any age.
Great film, great plot, great acting!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A breathless thriller! 20 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The Fugitive is a fantastic thriller, one of the best ever, not succeeding only as a thriller, but also as an action movie and a drama. Harrison Ford stars as Doctor Richard Kimble, a surgeon from Chicago who was falsely accused and convicted of the crime of killing his wife, while avoiding Deputy Marshal Sam Gerard played brilliantly by Tommy Lee Jones and his team who are sent to hunt down the doctor and bring him back to prison. Throughout the movie, Kimble evades the police while trying to track down his wife's real murderer. The script is not outstanding, but the story is elevated by endless suspense, great action scenes, and some intense acting between the two leads. The ending climax is also a fantastic piece of work, filled with suspense and very satisfying. The cinematopgraphy is as naturalistic as possible, creating a sense of realism. The Fugitive is one of the finest in its genre. It holds up brilliantly on repeated viewings and is one of the best action films of the 1990's. Don't miss this film it is a must see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy remastered region-free 2oth anniversary US import blu ray
Nothing else to say really.
The remastered import disc s very good quality, whilst the UK blue ray is only DVD quality video and audio. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Robert Coogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Ordered for Dads
Ordered this for my dad who had been looking for it for a while, it arrived before date given and he's happy with it and price. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Miss Katie L. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Badly fitting case spoiled it !!!
The case spoiled it.I had to put it in a new case as it was totally different to any other I had. I also had to cut the dvd insert down to make it fit the new case. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mrs. T. A. Hibbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant film, seen this countless times and it never fails to please. Nice balance of action and plot twists, one of Harrison Ford's best.
Published 22 days ago by R J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is one of Harrison Fords best movies along with Indy,Starwars and Blade Runner. Both Ford and Tommy Lee Jones are great in this quality movie rendition of the old fugitive... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Leegend
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FUGITIVE
I love any movie with Harrison Ford I have all his movies I think he is one of the top old actors
Published 1 month ago by Flavia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film - sad about the transfer.
The film is well made and so it is watchable repeated times, the only problem is it is no longer available in this HD formate because Blu-ray took over. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eternal Moments
5.0 out of 5 stars Always love my films
I love this movie. I have the sequel and I like the majority of films featuring Harrison Ford, as he appears to be do versatile in his acting
Published 2 months ago by Delores Springer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I've brought this film for my husband as he's seen the beginning, middle and end of the film but not on the same day, so now he can sit down and enjoy it in its entirety . Read more
Published 2 months ago by janbarsmit
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed
I have purchased , The LD , DVD and Blu Ray , of this classic . I have this edition is Excellent , There are updated extras including
a pilot for a short lived series . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Zindilis
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