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Advance info on the transfer,
This review is from: The Taking of Pelham 123 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I already have the Blu-Ray, so if you are wondering whether to pre-order or not maybe the following might be of help.
The picture quality is very good. An annoying caveat is that there are scenes of willful quality reduction, such as Travolta's face so often seen from outside the train through the not entirely clean glass window. It is quite late in the film until we start to see really satisfying showcase close-ups of Travolta which are on a par with the shots of Washington throughout. A cynic might wonder how come we get to see so many better shots of his Breitling watch. But the undisturbed scenes show very sharp detailing, depth and plasticity with rich, natural colours and excellent contrasts. There are a lot of fairly dark scenes but neither grain nor the yellow colour filtration ever intrude in any truly objectionable way.
Sound quality is excellent, with very good balancing of dialogue and effects. The music on the menu is a little restrained, don't worry, it is much more forthright in the film proper. Those who know the film will realise that a lot of scenes do not give that much potential for great surround effects trickery, but every opportunity is exploited to the maximum e.g. with the convoy of police at several points speeding through tunnels and into other showcase moments for surround sound.
The film itself is a light-footed, hip thriller situated somewhere between "The Negotiator" and "Die Hard", not quite as clever as the former, not as much action as the latter, but still very entertaining. The heart of the film is the series of verbal jousts between Garber (Washington) and Ryder (Travolta). There is no serious shortage of action in the film, but dialogue and very good acting performances (also from Turturro and Gandolfini) are what stand out the most. It is perhaps not the most original of films, and some of Travolta's tough-talking, obscenity-littered dialogue does not always ring quite true, but I found the film to be free of any major lulls, gripping throughout and filled with tension.
A clear recommendation and a film where the sound and picture quality definitely justify the upgrade to Blu-Ray. Extras are solid if unspectacular making-of featurettes and a few trailers.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2012 14:01:56 BDT
still searching says:
Watch the original - imho, far superior. For example, Travolta's chief villain is weak compared to the chilling economy of Shaw's!
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