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Fugitive, The

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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted January 26, 2000 | E-mail the Author
The Movie:

I think most people have already seen the film, so it doesn't need too much explanation. This is the 1994 thriller directed by Andrew Davis, based on the television series and starring the team of Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Ford, as the man accused of murdering his wife and Jones, as the sheriff that will stop at nothing to catch him. Although there are a few small pauses, many of the major (and some of the minor) scenes do an outstanding job at turning up the suspense. Performances by both Ford and especially Jones are among their very best.

The DVD

VIDEO: This was one of the very first DVD titles released by Warner Brothers and along with "Twister", which was also a very early title, they both still hold up fairly well. Images are clear and fairly sharp, although some scenes look a little bit stronger than others. Colors are natural, looking nicely saturated and accurate. I was very pleased with a number of scenes that offered excellent image quality, such as the rather dim tunnel chase before the "jump" and the forest scenes afterward, which offer very good detail. Shimmering is slight and artifacts are at a minimum. For a very early release, this is impressive.

SOUND: Although the image quality is generally good, the sound quality remains excellent. The train crash early on in the film provides a wave of bass along with some strong uses of all speakers together to put the viewer right in the middle of the scene. Although there are a lot of simply dialogue scenes, there are many shots on the streets of Chicago that have wonderful detail to the environment as elevated trains pass by, etc. All in all, still a very strong soundtrack.

MENUS:: Very early Warner menus that have next to nothing going on.

EXTRAS:: Text notes. Warner should take the route that Columbia/Tristar is doing and discontinue the early versions of these titles and replace them with special editions.




Final Thoughts Certainly worth it, although again, I hope that Warner will re-release this title with stronger features.

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