Gibson stars as Gene Ryack, a seen-it-all pilot and gun runner who shows the newly recruited Billy Covington (Downey) around. The aircrafts carry shipments of supplies, medicine, arms, and even army platoon to the village's secretive dangerous mission. Covington is outraged when he finds that a general is using their planes to smuggle unprocessed heroin from the countryside to his lab. The corrupt officials need a scapegoat for this illicit trade and he is chosen as the victim. Based on the book by Christopher Robbins.
The non-anamorphic DVD, framed at 2.32:1, exhibits the same beautiful quality as the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 13. Images are even sharper with more detail, and would have no doubt looked stunning if it were available in the anamorphic format. Color fidelity is slightly warmer with better hue definition, although fleshtones look a little reddish at times. Some minor artifacts and compression pixelization noise is apparent.
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