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Dark Water

It was Minty ...

St Elmo's Fire

That was bad ...

The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts

Brewster's Millions

Love actually, is all around

$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts

Farewell to Frasier

Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock

Dark Water
It was Minty ...
St Elmo's Fire
That was bad ...
The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts
Brewster's Millions
Love actually, is all around
$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts
Farewell to Frasier
Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock -->







$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts
Saturday, April 2nd, 2005 9:16 AM

Breakdown

Breakdown is an oft-overlooked gem in the suspense movie genre. It got good reviews when it was released in 1997 but not enough people went to see it. Directed and written by Johnathan Mostow, who recently directed Terminator 3, this movie grips you from the beggining and never lets you go. The tension keeps your nervous system on edge until the credits roll and you may find yourself having to stop the movie and take a break to breathe. Few movies have this effect despite them supposedly being a suspense film. While there are obvious plot holes, they fail to distract from the action and enjoyment since Mostow is firmly in control of the audiences emotions moving the film along with an assured hand. Kurt Russel is excellent in the lead role and the audience feels his anger, bewilderment and frustration. JT Walsh also does an impressive job as well.

Unfortunately the video presentation is good but could have been a lot better. This movie was released in the DVD dark ages, when studios like Buena Vista, Paramount and MGM would routinely release non-amamorphic widescreen discs, which was a head-scratcher even then. Thankfully, most studios release most of their new content in anamorphic widescreen today. Unfortunately, Breakdown hasn’t seen an anamorphic rerelease but despite it being non-amorphic delivers an acceptable, sharp picture. I noticed some excessive edge enhancement as the opening credits rolled but thankfully didn’t notice many during the rest of the film. That’s not to say they weren’t there, but rather that they weren’t obvious. The rest of the video was fine, and even zoomed on my 16:9 set, it looked surprisingly good.

The audio on this disc was engaging, never distracting, and the surrounds were quite active in a few scenes. This isn’t a soundtrack that will blow you away but it’s decent and complements well with the subject matter.

As for as extras, you get a lousy full frame trailer and that’s it. This movie deserves better.

Breakdown is an unexpectedly great film that you probably have not seen. Do yourself a favor and rent this today. I wouldn’t recommend buying it until its rereleased with an anamorphic transfer at the very least. I hope Paramount gets the message loud and clear that non-amamorphic films are unacceptable. With Mostow set to direct Terminator 4, who knows maybe we’ll get lucky and get a rerelease, otherwise I wouldn’t hold my breath. If you simply must have this movie, buy it second hand.



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