BLU-RAY REVIEW

Speed

Featured In Issue 117, February 2007

Picture4
Sound3.5
WSR Score4
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(Studio/Distributor):
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
2239605
(MPAA Rating):
R
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(Retail Price):
$38.98
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
116
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
(Theatrical Year):
1994
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
11/14/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
Yes
(Director):
Jan De Bont
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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A crazed and vindictive extortionist (Hopper) rigs a city bus to blow if its "Speed" slows to below 55 miles per hour. Keanu Reeves plays a fearless SWAT team specialist who, teaming up with a passenger (Bullock) who takes the wheel, risks all to get aboard the rigged vehicle to prevent a major catastrophe.

Special features include two audio commentary tracks: one with Director Jan De Bont and the second with Screenwriter Graham Yost and Producer Mark Gordon, a search content feature, a personal scene selection feature (the viewer has the option of selecting specific scenes and watching them in sequence), two games, and trailers.

The 2.35:1 Blu-ray Disc picture exhibits good color fidelity and acceptably deep blacks, with well-saturated colors. Fleshtones do have a slight red shift to them, unfortunately. Details are adequately well resolved, but not as well as some of the best high-definition releases.(Danny Richelieu)

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio encoding probably sounds very good because the core DTS stream can be impressive. Pans around the room are seamless, and fidelity is good, although not great. Distortion can become distracting at times. (Danny Richelieu)