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Daylight [DVD] [1996]

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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya, Jay O. Sanders
  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Writers: Leslie Bohem
  • Producers: David T. Friendly, Herb Gains, Hester Hargett, John Davis, Joseph Singer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Arabic
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D2ZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,156 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It is rush hour in Manhattan and commuters are making slow progress through the Hudson tunnel. When an outlaw gang crashes its car into a lorry carrying toxic waste, the resulting explosion seals off both ends of the tunnel, and a motley group of passengers find themselves stranded. Threatened by toxic fumes, fire and the imminent collapse of the tunnel, their only hope is former Emergency Medical Services Chief, Kit Latura (Sylvester Stallone), who risks his life to get the disparate, squabbling group to safety.

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This echo of 1970s disaster films stars Sylvester Stallone as the disgraced former head of New York City's Emergency Medical Services, a loser who is nevertheless a compulsive rescuer of people in danger. When the Holland Tunnel is sealed off after a fiery explosion and car passengers are trapped within, he goes inside and leads a group of survivors (a mixed group allegorically representing America's diversity) through all manner of pestilence toward safety. Directed by the imaginative Rob Cohen (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story), Daylight finds Stallone outrageously (and to almost campy effect) pushing the envelope of his martyr persona to near-religious levels. He throws himself, quite literally, into this part and between that entertainment factor and the unnervingly convincing effects, this is a pretty watchable film.--Tom Keogh

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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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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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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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Yes, most disaster movies are very formula and so you will know whats going to be in them before you even know anything about it other than its a disaster movie. This can sometimes make them very predictable for example you know theres going to be a big disaster where theres a few survivors and one brave hero will risk his/her life to rescue them. While this formuale does apply to 'Daylight', it works well and Stallone is well cast as the hero to lead the trapped survivors to 'daylight'.
When some criminals who have just stolen a car collide with a truck illegally carrying highly flammable waste through the Holland Tunnel, a huge explosion causes it to collapse at both ends and a fireball rips through leaving only a handful of people alive. They're a mixed bunch, a few criminals, an old couple, a younger couple with a daughter, a police man, a pretty young woman and a moutain climber.
Meanwhile Kit Latura a cab driver and former head of New York City's Emergency Medical Services is on hand outside to give advice on what to do, although no one will listen, and so decides to go in alone, and bring out any survivors, which he believes may be trapped. However the 'way in' isn't so easy and once in there, Kit has to find a way out, which looks to be an impossible task, with the river above slowly filling up the tunnel and a huge fire at one end using up what little oxygen they have down there.
Being a big fan of Stallone i am a little biased, but he is very good in this film as Kit Latura, and after seeing him as the hero in countless other films, its nice to see him as the hero of a disaster movie i.e without the guns etc, just brains and a will to keep the people he has come to save, alive at all costs.
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Format: Blu-ray
UNIVERSAL U.K. has reissued this Underated stallone film DAYLIGHT on blu-ray now
but the only effort given is new 1080p 1:85:1 HD transfer & new 5.1 master mix that's it
the only extras is the original Trailer & production notes
which is the same content as the old 2009 dvd reissue has
DAYLIGHT'S first U.S. dvd version had more extras had behind the scenes featurette & commentary by Director Rob cohen
for some crap reason Universal didn't bother carrying the original dvd extras over for this new blu-ray reissue
anyway this new HD transfer does look very Good much sharper, clearer, brighter picture quality for sure
much better than the old dvd version, the same with the sound quality aswell
but tragically no new extras not even the old extras are carried over, pretty Lazy effort by Universal what else is new
Universal U.S. are still yet to release Daylight on blu-ray if it will ever happen don't hold your breath waiting
anyway 3 stars for the film
maybe 2-3 stars for this new blu-ray based on much better transfer & new sound mix, but no extras
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