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The Fugitive [Blu-ray] [1993] [Region Free]
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 April 2008
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 26 November 2010
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 - the 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 and is best avoided - instead track down the region-free US remastered 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, which includes all the extras from the special edition in standard definition and adds a 2000 pilot and a new half hour documentary in high definition as well as a hugely improved widescreen transfer with by far the best picture quality of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2014
Dr. Richard Kimble, played by Harrison Ford, is wrongly charged and convicted of murdering his wife, subsequently, he is given the death sentence. On the way to prison, the prison bus crashes, rolling down an embankment, and promptly landing on railway tracks. Shackled, he escapes with another prisoner, determined to prove his innocence, and bring the real killer to justice. The investigation is promptly took over by Samuel Gerard, played by Tommy Lee Jones, who originally charged him with his wife's murder. Then starts the cat and mouse hunt, hunter and hunted.

This blu ray has had some negative reviews, one review calls it 'mostly abysmal'. But, I think that this is unfair. Yes, there are some scenes that have heavy grain/video noise, but these are restricted to a few scenes, and only last seconds. Generally, the picture looks fine. It's not as good as a new film, but remember it's now over 20 years old, and has not been restored like some older films have.

The film has been transferred in it's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and the soundtrack is in 5.1.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2013
This 1993 action thriller with an all star cast about a Doctor wtrongly accused for murdering his wife(Harrison Ford), being sentenced to death and escaping after the prison van crashes in bad weather and lands on a railway track, which a goods train then crashes into and gets derailed(Superbly crafted and photographed)and then pursued by an overzealous US Marshall(Tommy Lee Jones)is quite outstanding.

The cinematography is brilliant, the script is excellent, the acting out of the top drawer and action and tension unrelenting. This is the best thriller i have seen since i don't know when.

You will notice that i have only given it 4 stars instead of 5. This is because the storyline at times is really hard to belief. However, don't let that stop you seeing this outstanding piece of filmaking, it really is great escapism entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2012
My brother and I ordered a bunch of DVDs for a 13 hour car journey to Switzerland, and highly recommended by him was this film. I admit, I wasn't too keen on the idea at first because I'm one of the many people who judge a book by its cover.
We watched this film on the road, and I can honestly say, I was completely engaged in it.

The few bad reviews on 'The Fugitive' saying that Harrison Ford is a bad actor are a complete load of bull. The storyline is fantastic, one-armed murderer? I never would have come up with that.

Even if you're not so keen on thrillers or action films, I would still recommend this to anyone. And I guarantee, you'll enjoy every minute of it.

5 stars from me :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I've seen this film a dozen times, and, after Blade Runner, it was the first thing I bought on Blu-Ray.

After Star Wars, Blade Runner and Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford established himself -- largely through this film -- playing middle-aged professionals up against terrifying odds. It's a role he was, perhaps, born to play, and in some ways there is a smooth evolution from Han Solo to Deckard to Indiana Jones to Dr Richard Kimble.

This is an electrifying film. The best known scene is Kimble diving off the side of a dam into the churning water beneath, but, in truth, it turns on the encounter between Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) and the red-haired A&E doctor Dr Anne Eastman (Julianne Moore). Kimble (Ford) risks his freedom switching the instructions on a patient that Eastman has misdiagnosed. When she finds that the child has been sent to the operating room instead of observation, she runs after Kimble, insisting that he stop. Later, Gerard interviews her. After she has explained herself, she tells him she's very tired and wants to go. Gerard asks: "How's the boy doing?" Eastman replies: "He saved his life."

From that moment on, Gerard pursues Kimble not because he believes he is guilty, but because he believes he is innocent.

A much less successful sequel, US Marshalls, followed as a vehicle for Tommy Lee Jones, but without the frisson of the relationship with Ford, it failed to capture the imagination.

Blu-ray is obviously more expensive to collect than DVD. From my point of view, this film was an easy choice: I shall watch it many, many more times.
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I'm sure many will know lots about this fantastic action flick.

*** BUT what you might not know is that you don't have to accept the rather shoddy treatment it got on the initial-issue Blu-ray which is STILL sold in the UK.

It has been re-issued as a '20th Anniversary Edition' with improved AVC MPEG-4 video encoding, a thumping DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and additional extras.

It is an ALL-Region Blu-ray which although only released in the USA can be bought quite-readily on Amazon; here's the link to it on Amazon :

Fugitive: 20th Anniversary [Blu-ray] [1993] [US Import]

I've also attached a photo of the disc box outer so you can see it in all it's glory !

The additional extras are :

1. The Fugitive: Thrill of the Chase" documentary [HD] (28:21)
2. "The Fugitive" 2000 TV pilot [HD] (45:28)

It also has a wider range of subtitles/language soundtrack options :

English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian SDH, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Polish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish

English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Polish Dolby Digital 5.1
Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
Thai Dolby Digital 5.1

So, wait no more - get that newer Blu-ray to enjoy this movie at it's best and in all likelihood cheaper than the crummy UK Blu-ray !
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