BLU-RAY REVIEW

Firewall

Featured In Issue 114, November 2006

Picture4.5
Sound3
WSR Score2
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(Studio/Distributor):
Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number):
82947
(MPAA Rating):
PG13
(Rating Reason):
For some intense sequences of violence and some language
(Retail Price):
$34.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
105
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
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(Theatrical Year):
2006
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
09/05/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Richard Loncraine
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1
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Jack Stanfield (Ford...fun trivia: how many times has Harrison Ford played a "Jack" character?) is an executive of a financial institution who is confident that the Firewall for his online banking services is inpenetrable. However, when he is approached by Bill Cox (Bettany), he learns there is a flaw in his system...and Cox and his cohorts are hell bent on taking a withdrawal. WIth Stanfield's family under siege, Jack must think fast to save their lives. (Suzanne Hodges)

Special features are the same as on the HD DVD and include a 15-minute conversation with Harrison Ford and Richard Loncraine, a three-minute Writing A Thriller featurette, and the theatrical trailer. Again, the movie goes right into "Play" mode.

Like the HD DVD release, the VC-1-encoded 2.38:1 Blu-ray Disc picture shows well-rendered detail, accurate flesh tones, rich saturation, and very deep blacks. The Blu-ray release is slightly softer than the HD DVD release, but that most certainly can be attributed to the unmodified Samsung BD-P1000 we must use as our reference player. (Danny Richelieu)

Differences between the HD DVD's Dolbyģ Digital Plus encoding and the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel encoding included with this disc are not instantly audible. The HD DVD does improve on the articulation and dynamics of the bass. (Danny Richelieu)