"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.
Two action films blew me away in 1994. One of them was True Lies, the other was Speed. Since True Lies will most likely never see the light of a Bluray laser, we're left with Speed. Popcorn film aspirations aside, it's developed into a classic in the action genre, and I really wish modern action directors would go back to see where they're going horribly wrong with today's films. Everything is filmed and framed properly (little to no shaky-cam nonsense here), the stunts are spectacular (minimal CGI if any) and the excellent score sets the audience's pulse racing with the pace of the film. Absolute textbook stuff for a high-octane action film.
I won't rehash the plot - everyone knows it by now. My only quibble would be that given the amount of property damage that ensues during the course of the film, the City of Los Angeles would have been much better off paying the meagre $3m ransom demand to Dennis Hopper. But I guess that would make for an incredibly boring and short film, so it's a good thing they didn't!
I have mixed views on this Bluray release. On the one hand the picture is much better than I was expecting, especially for a film of this age. The soundtrack however I was less impressed with, maybe because almost every review hyped it as "reference material". It certainly is crisp and clear, and there are some good directional effects. But it just sounded "thin" on my particular setup - I really had to max out the bass on my amp to coax any sort of response out of it. And as for the LFE channel, it barely gets used (and when it does, it's underwhelming). A little disappointing, but like I said, perhaps it's just my particular sound setup that doesn't like this disc since other reviews can't all be wrong.
Overall, should you buy this? Yes, absolutely, even if it's just to experience one of the best action films of the previous century.
The title says it all. Speed 1 with Keanu Reeves is brilliant, but they should have left it alone after that. Speed 2 just drags along really. Sandra Bullock is great but is the only person who holds it together at all really. It was good value for the first film though, so it didn't bother me about the other movie not being so good.
I found this 111 min REGION B/2 DVD very entertaining. It had everything, tension, car chases, twists and turns, non-stop action, excitement, accidents, thrills, romance, stunts, etc. etc. etc. Some parents may find some scenes frightening for young children, plus some bad language is included. Keanu Reeve is portrait as Jack Traven an L.A.P.D. SWAT team specialist who is sent to defuse a bomb that a revenge-driven extortionist (Dennis Hopper) has planted on a bus. But until he does, Jack and one of the bus passengers (Sandra Bullock) must keep the bus speeding through the street of Los Angeles at more than 50 mph - or the bomb will explode. Will he succeed and if so at what cost?