Nominated for three Academy Awards®, The Fugitive is one of the most exciting and thrilling action movies ever made. When Dr. Richard Kimble (Ford), falsely convicted for the murder of his wife, escapes from prison, an intense manhunt begins under the unrelenting Sam Gerard (Jones in his Oscar®-winning role). (Gary Reber)
Straight to the movie we go, and from the pop-up menu the supplements are the same as those on HD DVD: audio commentary with Director Andrew Davis and Star Tommy Lee Jones; a 2001-created two-minute introduction with Davis, Jones, and Actor Harrison Ford; a 23-minute On The Run With The Fugitive featurette; a nine-minute Derailed: Anatomy Of A Train Wreck featurette; the theatrical trailer; and online info.
Differences between this VC-1-encoded 1.78:1 Blu-ray Disc and the HD DVD release (other than a slightly softer image that could be wholly attributable to the unmodified Samsung BD-P1000 we are forced to use as our reference player—see our review of the player in Issue 112 for more information) are difficult to see. The image is well detailed, has deep pristine blacks, and impressive contrast. (Danny Richelieu)
The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel encoding shows the same problems as the Dolby Digital Plus encoding included with the HD DVD release, such as distortion, poor bass articulation, and background noise, which seems to be slightly less noticeable in this release. (Danny Richelieu)