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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film gets excellent Blu Ray transfer
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Speed 1 (5 stars) : Speed 2 (Zero Stars)
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film gets excellent Blu Ray transfer, 12 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Speed [Blu-ray] (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Speed 1 (5 stars) : Speed 2 (Zero Stars), 23 Dec 2007
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speed [Blu-ray], 16 April 2009
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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a better action film?, 21 Jan 2006
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This review is from: Speed [DVD] [1994] (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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best action Movie ever, 21 July 2002
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Speed Ahead, 5 Sep 2002
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This is a brilliant pair of disks going with arguably the best action film ever made. Disk 1 is the standard film with additional director's commentary. Disk 2 contains all of the usual "making of..." documentaries including multiple angle views of the bus jump (first time I've ever used this facility on my DVD player!) There are also cast interviews (look out for when Keanu is attacked by Sandra...!) and the music video by Billy Idol.
All-in-all, a highly recommended purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cans!!!!! It's just cans!!!...., 16 Jun 2014
This review is from: Speed - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Speed" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US' Disc..., 18 Mar 2014
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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"...

But be aware that the 'US' BLU RAY of "Speed" on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

It may be cheaper at times than the UK one - but buy the English issues (REGION B) and it won't have playback problems
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Film In The Fast Lane, 5 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Speed [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Not the best blue ray transfer but quite good and better than the standars DVD. Sound is good if a little loud at times. There are some tense moments as the bus dipps towards the 50 mark which would cvause it to explode killing everyone on board. There are afew humorous parts especially when Keanu Reeves hijacks the jamacans car to catch and warn the bus driver. For me the film is spoiled by the not too often strong language. However the film has pleanty of action and the blue ray quality is reasonably good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nips along nicely, 3 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Speed [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Keanu bulked himself up for this past paced action thriller; Bullock plays the determined ditzy angle she does so well and the two have excellent on screen chemistry. This engaging thriller was the box office smash which took Keanu from light comedy into mainstream action and it's a cracker. Dennis Hopper is a crafty nutter looking for an easy pay day until SWAT man Keanu comes along to spoil his fun.
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