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Review by Marc Girdler | posted January 25, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie: Steve Prefontaine (Billy Crudup) is a high school senior, getting ready for college. He wants to go to Oregon State University, but the only way he will attend is if the track coach, Bill Bowerman, (Donald Sutherland) asks him personally. After a visit from an assisant coach and two athletes, Steve held true to his word, and did not sign up, since Bowerman was not involved personally. Pre, as Steve is known, waits and waits, until one day he gets an invitation from Bowerman himself, and agrees to attend OSU. Once he arrives at OSU, he meets a potential love interest (Monica Potter), and realizes that Bowerman has a different approach to running than he does. The two clash all the time, with Bowerman trying to change Pre's style into a more refined one, instead of the reckless, all go style Pre uses. But every time, Pre wins the race, and usually sets some type of record. With the Olympic trials approaching, Pre and Bowerman are trying to prove to each other that their style is right, but once Pre laces those shoes, it's his choice.

Video: Without Limits is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with the pan and scan version on the flip side of the disc. This is a high grade transfer, but not quite perfect. The print has some, although minimal, wear signs, but nothing distracting. Colors are solid, but a little muted at times. This happens infrequently, usually the colors are vivid and bright. Black levels are solid throughout, ensuring total detail in even the darkest scenes. I could also find no trace of compression errors.

Audio: I was surprised with the disc when it comes to audio. I did not expect much from it, even with a 5.1 track included. The movie is not the type you would expect great surround use from, but it turned me into a believer! The surrounds are in regular use, not constant, but the activity is frequent. While not speaker shaking, the audio is smooth, and uses the surrounds for mood and theme. This disc proves you don't need explosions or gun shots to get a great sounding surround mix. The music sounds great, and the dialogue is excellent as well.

Extras: Warner issued this disc with only the theatrical trailer and production notes included.

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