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Speed (Widescreen Five Star Collection) [2 Discs] [Import]
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Speed (Five Star Collection)
Everything clicked in this 1994 action hit, from the premise (a city bus has to keep moving at 50 mph or blow up) to the two leads (the usually inscrutable Keanu Reeves and the cute-as-a-button Sandra Bullock) to the villain (Dennis Hopper in psycho mode) to the director (Jan De Bont, who made this film hit the ground running with an edge-of-your-seat opening sequence on a broken elevator). This is the sort of movie that becomes a prototype for a thousand lesser films (including De Bont's lousy sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control), but Speed really is a one-of-a-kind experience almost anyone can enjoy. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.See all Product Description
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What really drives this movie along is the relentless action that director Jan DeBont seems to throw at the audience like it's candy. Coming off of one obstacle leads to another more challenging problem. Nearly all the time you would be board of "Not Again..." syndrome, but the movie keeps everything fresh and good and keeps you entertained for it's two-hour running time.
Speed was giving an initial release on DVD (along with it's god-awful sequel) back when the format was still young, while every studio has to double dip, FOX takes the cake with their excellent 5-Star Editions of classic action movies like Independence Day, Die Hard, and The Abyss. So here we are with Speed being given the ultimate treatment and you couldn't have a better result.
For being a movie made in the mid 1990s the picture quality is right on and the color definition is excellent, especially during the explosions in the beginning with the first bus and the cargo plane at the end. Blacks, although not present that much, unlike Resident Evil, are deep when they can be seen on screen. I didn't notice any edge enhancement of the print, but then again I was to busy watching the movie.Read more ›
The film is blunt, fast-paced and extremely exciting. It stars Keanu Reeves as Jack Traven, a Los Angeles bomb squad member as cool as he is decisive. Jack has been called into duty, along with his partner and friend, Harry (Jeff Daniels), to stop a madman bomber (Dennis Hopper), who has taken control of an elevator and will drop it to the ground unless his demand of three million dollars is met.
Jack takes his chances and ends up saving the day, but not before Harry is taken hostage and survives with a bullet shot. Howard Payne (Hopper) is dead, blown to pieces by his own bomb, and so they all go have a drink and party till the moon goes down and the sun rises up. You get the idea.
But Payne didn't really die, and now he's very mad at a certain somebody who foiled his last plan. He's spent a lifetime being treated as dirt, and he has convinced himself that he deserves the $3 million more than anybody else. Jack begs to differ, but he has no time to argue when Payne reappears and triggers a downtown bus with a bomb. The catch? If the bus accelerates past 50 M.P.H. and then drops below that point as before...kaboom.Read more ›
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Much has been said about this movie from the 90s (2014 marks it's already 20th anniversary... that makes me feel sooooo much younger), but one thing you should know is that the... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2013 by ESBÉ
THIS DVD WAS IN PERFECT SHAPE WHEN I RECEIVED IT
THE MOVIE WAS FULL OF ACTION RIGHT FROM THE START,NEVER A DULL MOMENT
WHEN SANDRA BULLOCK WAS DRIVING THE BUS, IT KEPT ME... Read more
before this movie,who knew Keanu Reeves could be a credible action
hero?Reeves impressed me with this effort.he put on a few pounds of
muscle for this one. Read more
SPEED has been one of the handful of movies made in the last ten years that I keep coming back to again and again when I need an action fix. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
This film is a terrific action adventure with an appealing hero and heroine, great stunts and special effects and a psycho villain who isn't as smart as he thinks he is. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
A great film for the actions. It starts off in a lift that breaks down, then it goes onto a bus that once it reaches 50mile an hour, it can't go below that speed cos there is a... Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Kathryn Pointon
Keanu Reeves is a rarity: he's a second-rate actor (at least compared to other big movie stars like Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford) who has kept his career afloat courtesy of a... Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Eric
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