Review by Yunda Eddie Feng
Audio: DD Plus 5.1 English, DD Plus 2.0 stereo French
Subtitles: Optional English SDH, French
Extras: The Making of Midnight Run; trailer; My Scenes
Released: 29 May 2007
Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Midnight Run wastes more talent and money than most movies ever hope to see. The surprise is that there is still plenty of both left on the screen. The movie was directed by Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop and its sequel) and written by George Gallo. They must be the luckiest manufacturers of sows’ ears in Hollywood.
Midnight Run...isn’t exactly a silk purse,
but it contains two performances that are pure gold.
Like most fine actors, Mr. De Niro has never given a good performance that wasn’t in some way illuminated by humor, which is not to be confused with laughs. Sometimes it is apparent in what appears to be the self-awareness of the character, as in Raging Bull and The Untouchables. Sometimes it can be seen in the actor’s awareness of - and comment on - the character, as in Taxi Driver and King of Comedy.
The fact that humor has always been an aspect of Mr. De Niro’s intelligence as an actor should come as no surprise to anyone who remembers him in Brian De Palma’s Greetings and Hi, Mom, two sublimely funny underground artifacts of the late 1960s. Now, with Midnight Run, he has the opportunity to be blatantly funny in a big, expensive, groaningly elaborate Hollywood formula comedy.
On HD-DVD, Midnight Run looks its age even though it was released four years after The River. This is due in part to the dark lighting scheme favored by the moviemakers and due in part to the costumes. Nevertheless, this is an excellent transfer of a surprisingly clean print. There are a few specks here and there, but they are not as noticeable as with The River or with Lost in Translation.
The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 English track is rather front-heavy. I’m guessing that the movie’s original mix was either in mono or in stereo. Dialogue and lively music are reproduced well, though bass response is better with music than it is with the Foley effects for gunfire.
You can also watch the movie with a DD Plus 2.0 stereo French dub. Optional English SDH and French subtitles support the audio.
The HD-DVD has “The Making of Midnight Run” that was created around the time of the movie’s release and a theatrical trailer.
The “My Scenes” feature allows you to bookmark your
An insert advertises other HD-DVDs.