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4.0 out of 5 stars Sly's Classic Disaster
Daylight (DVD).
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Arabic
Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Running Time: 110 minutes

Cast.
Sylvester Stallone as Kit Latura
Amy Brenneman as Madelyne "Maddy" Thompson
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3.0 out of 5 stars A low-wattage light at the end of a familiar tunnel
I first saw Daylight on December 20th 1996, at a preview screening at a long since-demolished theater. It was an enjoyable experience at the time though I was let down at the numerous cliches the story bombarded us with. Now, over 14 years later, I am still impressed by the action the film has to offer, but the predictable nature of the narrative brings the overall...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sly's Classic Disaster, 28 Aug. 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Daylight [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
Daylight (DVD).
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Arabic
Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Running Time: 110 minutes

Cast.
Sylvester Stallone as Kit Latura
Amy Brenneman as Madelyne "Maddy" Thompson
Viggo Mortensen as Roy Nord
Dan Hedaya as Frank Craft
Stan Shaw as George Tyrell
Jay O. Sanders as Steven Crighton
Karen Young as Sarah Crighton
Danielle Harris as Ashley Crighton
Colin Fox as Roger Trilling
Claire Bloom as Eleanor Trilling
Vanessa Bell Calloway as Grace Calloway
Sage Stallone as Vincent

Box Office.
Budget $90 million
Box office $159,212,469

Trivia.
1)One reason Sylvester Stallone agreed to act in this movie was to help him overcome his fear of confined spaces. He'd agreed to appear in Cliffhanger (1993) to help him overcome his fear of heights.
2)Sylvester Stallone was paid $17.5 million to appear in this film.
3)Sylvester Stallone said this would be his last action film because he was getting too old for the genre. However, he made Rocky Balboa (2006) Rambo (2008) & The Expendables (2010) afterward so I guess he had a change of heart.
4)Sylvester Stallone's son, Sage Stallone, plays Vincent.
5)Rob Cohen originally wanted Nicolas Cage to play Kit Latura. Universal execs felt he was more of a "character actor", & Sylvester Stallone was more commercially viable.
6)The tunnel sequences were filmed in Rome's Cinecitta Studios, on a set a third of a mile long. Cinecitta was chosen as the main studio set because of its enormous floodable sound stages.
7)The toxic explosion that seals both ends of the tunnel, before Kit Latura enters, was actually a miniature model.

What's The Story.
Disaster strikes when robbers in a getaway car hit truck full of explosives in the tunnel connecting Manhattan & New Jersey, Survivors are left in a weakened tunnel blocked at both exits.

Taxi driver & Ex- Emergency Medical Services Chief - Kit Latura approaches the tunnel, he see the impact & knows he enter the tunnel through a system of maintenance walkways.

Can Latura put his own past tragedies behind him & get the survivors out to safety before the tunnel fills up?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent disaster movie that is brilliantly shot by director Rob Cohen who directs some stunning edge of your seat action sequences & paces the movie well by wringing every last drop of nerve shredding tension from out of this movie.

Action legend, Sylvester Stallone is excellent as Kit Latura who has to put a side his tragic past in a bid to go into the tunnel & rescue a group of survivors who are trapped inside, Stallone throws himself into the role & gives a believable performance as a regular Joe doing his best in tragic circumstances.

Anyone expecting shootouts & fist fights will be disappointed as this is similar to those Irwin Allen disaster movies of the 70's & apart from a thrilling opening sequence, Cohen direction keeps to a realistic approach with no gung ho heroics giving the movie a certain credibility.

Overall, Daylight is a thoroughly entertaining action movie with moments full of suspense & nerve shredding tension & proves Stallone in these type of roles is what he's best at & continually delivers the action goods & is well worth purchasing.

Timelord Rating.
8.5/10
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Disaster Movie, 1 Nov. 2007
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S. Smith "sitorimon" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Daylight [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
In the late 1990's there was a small spat of disaster movies that all came out with about a year of eachother. Daylight is the (unjustly) forgotten one which gives us a group of people trapped in an underwater tunnel following a toxic explosion. Making matters worse the place is falling apart around them and waters gradually seeping in.

While Stallone actually contains himself quite well for his role, its the lead female whom makes the film for me. Amy Brenneman is completely believable with her fear, annoyance and disbelief in her situation and makes the journey very entertaining. The stunts are good and the effects are done well - although I have noticed in the big explosion - no one is actually in any of the cars that get blown up!

Overall its an enjoyable action/disaster film that doesn't try to be moralistic and just provides good old fashioned popcorn fun and there's nothing wrong with that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars daylight Blu ray, 9 Jun. 2014
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One of mine and wifes favourite Stallone films, along with a very young LOTR Viggo Mortenson as the owner of a sports shoes manufacturer "The territory beyond".....This is one film that does quite a good job of introducing you to the main charactors, little by little, so you know something about them. Its special effects and screen play is still mind boggling even after all these years it been out. At the end, a very sombre scene, above the water, shows the Twin Towers behind, in all there majestic glory, and its still hard to see them, and know, they are no longer Standing. So a roller coaster ride of thrills and spills, and watch out for Stallones trip trying to get down to the tunnel to do a rescue attempt by way of the huge ventilation fans.!! An underestimated good acted , well written script and video and sound are well reproduced from the original DVD. recommended :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A low-wattage light at the end of a familiar tunnel, 30 Jan. 2011
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I first saw Daylight on December 20th 1996, at a preview screening at a long since-demolished theater. It was an enjoyable experience at the time though I was let down at the numerous cliches the story bombarded us with. Now, over 14 years later, I am still impressed by the action the film has to offer, but the predictable nature of the narrative brings the overall quality of the film down.

The opening scene introduces an illegal shipment of highly-volatile chemicals being smuggled through the Holland Tunnel (New York to New Jersey). A stolen car driven by eccentric diamond thieves (who look and act a lot like the Splatterpunks from RoboCop 3) crashes into the transport truck carrying said chemicals with a resulting explosion that incinerates almost every living thing in the tunnel before causing it to collapse at both ends. Disgraced EMS Chief Kit Latura (Stallone) witnesses the explosion and throws himself back into the game and into the tunnel to rescue the handful of trapped survivors.

Daylight goes through all of the expected motions. It does make a strong effort to make us care about the characters but the real stars of the show are the in-camera stunts (very rare these days) and the Oscar-nominated sound effects (which lost to The Ghost and the Darkness). There's plenty of exciting set-pieces, the best of which is Kit's descent into the tunnel via a series of unstable ventilation fans. But the character drama moments are upset by inconsistent acting and questionable behavior. There's nothing exceptional about Daylight, but it's an entertaining, if relatively disappointing, action/disaster no-brainer.

The Blu Ray sports a murky 1.85:1 1080p transfer. The film never looked any better than this due to the dirty nature of the setting, and, much like the film itself, the transfer is good without being great. The DTS HD-MA sound design is much better though. None of the plethora of extras found on the DVD have been ported across.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average action film, 15 Mar. 2000
This review is from: Daylight [VHS] [1996] (VHS Tape)
Another American disaster flick. I am a Sylvester Stallone fan so I thought I should watch this film. Even though it is predictable, it was action packed and the action shots set in the tunnel are spectacular. I recommend this movie to all even if you do not like Stallone it is not all about big action and muscle there is actually not a bad story to follow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Daylight Poseidon Adventure., 1 Mar. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Daylight [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Lets face it, the film was never going to have much chance of being a smash with critics was it? It's in a genre that has been viewed with suspicion since Airport led the way in 1970, and it stars a leading man who was a year away from making the one film where critics liked his performance (Cop Land). Throw in the director of Dragon Heart and writer of Van Damme vehicle Nowhere to Run, and you would have to say it doesn't appear to have much going for it eh? Daylight is awash with all the implausibilities and clichés that come with the disaster based film. But that doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable. Sure only a lobotomised fool would not know that Sly Stallone's beefcake rescuer with a tainted past will wind up a hero. But there's much fun, major action explosiveness and no little tension along the way to make this a more than pleasant afternoon of no brain entertainment. Hey, there's even some interesting characters sketched into the drama too, and a dog, you got to have a dog you know! Some way short of the 70s best disaster entries, but miles better than the likes of Volcano. 6/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge toxic waste crash equals bad news for NYC commuters in a flashy, loud actioner with fantastic sfx, 20 July 2014
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Massively effecting disaster movie with some truly mind boggling sfx. Sly is, as always, commanding and heroic in the lead. Amy Brenneman, from Heat (1996), is a wonderful damsel in distress slash heroine. Viggo Mortensen buys the farm early on. Danielle Harris from the halloween films is nowhere nearly as film ruining as she was then as she is here. That guy from Con Air who wore a dress appears here in a less disturbing role. The always dependable Dan Hedaya is dependable here. The older lady from Disclosure has a brief role as a stupid exec who thinks they know better. There's a charming chemistry between a doomed Stan Shaw (Snake Eyes) and a teary Vanessa Lee Calloway (it's possibly Bell not Lee). There's the obligatory dog that always makes me cry. That blonde woman from jaws the revenge is in this film. And Jay O. Sanders is her hubbie. This film was always gonna live and die by its effects and thankfully they are A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Disaster Movie, 9 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Daylight [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
I have just re-watched this film and been reminded of just how entertaining it is. Set out in the classic disaster movie formula, we are introduced quickly to a varied cast of characters, only to see them plunged into a disaster/survival scenario trapped in a tunnel. One of the reasons that the film works so well for me is that I found that I actually cared about what happened to the characters. Stallone is convincing and likeable, Mortensen provides a neat cameo role, and the heroine and other supporting characters are all strongly played. Fast paced, moving and exciting, what it lacks in originality, the plot makes up for in sheer entertainment value. I also thought that the film score worked well. If you are a fan of disaster movies, this is certainly worth watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Refrains from becoming silly or over-sentimental., 13 May 2007
This review is from: Daylight [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
Stallone acts a redeemer in this film. An accidental explosion rips through a tunnel beneath the Hudson river, sealing off both ends trapping the survivors inside. In steps Stallone, a disgraced former emergency services chief, who hopes to save the day in usual hero style.

Daylight has a good blend of interesting characters, suspense, drama, action and special effects that all add towards the entertainment of the movie.

Overall it's good fun to watch, and it does refrain from becoming silly or over-sentimental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on the edge of the seats, 5 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Daylight [VHS] [1996] (VHS Tape)
I love this film, I obtained the VHS for keepsake and it's one of the best films ever. Basically without giving too much away, the tunnel gets blocked both ends, and it's up to Kit (Stallone) to get everyone to safety. To the person who said it was far-fetched, if you got the VHS, there is a 10 mins behind the scenes and it seems it based on a real event. I havn't got the DVD version, what it seems strange this behind the scenes is only on VHS. If you had a choice, get this film, you wont miss out!!!
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