The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Warner - 1993
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 130 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pantliano, Sela Ward, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbe, Julianne Moore
Directed by: Andrew Davis
Music by: James Newton Howard
Written by: Jeb Stuart & David Twohy based on characters created by Roy Huggins
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 3, 2013
For Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), a wrongfully convicted fugitive, the trail leads toward the one-armed man he believes murdered his wife. For U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard (Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones), the hunt will end with the capture of escaped prisoner Kimble.
Catch him, if you can. The Fugitive is on the run as Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones race through this breathless manhunt thriller inspired by the classic TV series which starred David Janssen. Ford is prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who committed the crime. Jones is Sam Gerard, an unrelenting bloodhound of a U.S. marshal who “doesn’t care” about Kimble’s guilt or innocence. They are hunted and hunter….
I can remember my parents watching The Fugitive TV Series when I was a child and then I saw it here and there in reruns. I liked the show, star David Janssen’s portrayal of Dr. Richard Kimble and of the course the series finale when Kimble actually catches up to the one armed man. I wasn’t sure about making The Fugitive into a film, nor was I certain that Harrison Ford was right for Dr. Kimble especially when I thought of David Janssen. I went and saw The Fugitive when it opened in theaters back in 1993 and my concerns were quickly laid to rest.
It’s a superb thriller that not only captures the essence of what made the TV series good but because it's an edge of your seat ride that ratchet’s up the suspense while also adding some well placed action and wit. Ford is just fine in the role of Kimble but in my opinion it’s Tommy Lee Jones that makes the film and literally steals every scene he is in. I remember finding it odd at the time that he would win the Academy Award for a non-dramatic role but after repeated viewings there is no question that this wouldn’t be the same film without him. I have seen it numerous times and for me it is one of those movies that I can watch over and over and never tire of. Regardless of knowing how it will turn out I still enjoy the suspense, the thrill of the chase and the excellent interplay among the characters both spoken and unspoken.
I watched it with my teenaged son who had never seen it and he absolutely loved it. In its genre I consider The Fugitive to be a classic and timeless film that is among my personal favorites.
The rating is for violence, language and thematic material.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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The Fugitive: 20th anniversary comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Home Video featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.2 Mbps.
This marks The Fugitive’s second release on Blu-ray. Here we get an AVC encoding versus the MPEG-2 encode found on the original Blu-ray release. This high definition presentation delivers fair to good overall image quality that appear faithful to the film’s original elements. Its video quality offers an appreciable level of detail during close ups and certain wide angle camera shots. The exterior shots around Chicago looked vivid with naturally rendered colors and stable resolution. The majority of the time the visuals don’t have a high level of image penetration with predominantly stable sharpness that occasionally wavers due to some innate softening. The variety of colors and earth toned hues are reproduced well. Blacks in low level scenes are a little washed out but appear punchier when onscreen with mixed light/dark elements. Grain is preserved naturally and is noticeable throughout. I am pleased to report that video related artifacts are no where to be seen. While this presentation lacks the polish of today’s newer films being released on Blu-ray, I think it presents the film well and looked solid on my large screen.
I can remember that when The Fugitive was released on DVD the infamous train crash scene was used by many as THE demo for low frequency effects. Today it still feels and sounds great but is no longer the disc you reach for when looking to show off the prowess of your brand new subwoofer. Presented in DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio this is the first lossless audio treatment this excellent soundtrack has seen on home video and the results are quite good indeed. Dialogue has discernible intonation, with refining clarity and excellent room penetration. This is a more or less front oriented presentation that makes good use of the entire system to deliver a seamlessly integrated audio experience that is highlighted by solid impact, definitive detail, and James Newton Howard’s memorable music score. Dynamic range is quite good and doesn’t seem limited by the dated elements present in the recording. Sounds and effects have copious expression that extend well into the room. Surround activity isn’t constant but when applied can be engaging as discernible spatial ambience and discrete sounds fill the listening area. The LFE channel is similarly used to add weight that extends low bass frequencies. The aforementioned train crash sequence sounds terrific. The soundtrack runs the gamut and contains a variety of sounds/effects. Each is presented with discerning audible presence via a well integrated surround mix that comes to life where appropriate.
- Introduction by Andrew Davis featuring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones
- Audio commentary with Andrew Davis and Tommy Lee Jones
- NEW(HD) The Fugitive: Thrill of the chase – 28 minute featurette
- On the run with The Fugitive – 23 minute featurette
- Derailed: Anatomy of a train wreck – 9 minutes
- NEW (HD) The Fugitive TV Pilot – 45 minutes
- Theatrical Trailer
Based on the 1960’s TV show of the same name The Fugitive is a thoroughly engaging thriller that grabs hold early on and doesn’t let go until the credits roll. I consider it to be a classic that is among my personal favorites. It comes to Blu-ray in this 20th anniversary release that features excellent/faithful high definition video quality, rewarding DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound, a decent mix of legacy supplements and two previously unreleased features. If you’re a fan I would recommend that you pick this up to replace any previous home video offering in your collection.
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