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Runaway Jury [Blu-ray]
(Gary Felder, 2003)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: New Regency Pictures
Video:20th Century Fox
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 44,203,777,221 bytes
Feature Size: 39,297,171,456 bytes
Video Bitrate: 31.40 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 28th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1987 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1987 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS Audio German 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
DTS Audio Italian 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
DTS Audio Russian 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), English, Arabic, Croatian , Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, none
• Commentary by director Gary Felder
•2 Deleted Scenes with optional commentary (1:55 - HD!)
• Selected Scene Commentary - Hoffmann/Hackman (6:25)
• Exploring the Scene - Hackman/Hoffman together (14:17)
• Off the Cuff: Hackman and Hoffman (8:56)
• The Ensemble Acting (4:24)
• The Making of Runaway Jury (12:02)
• Shadow and Light: Cinematography (5:49)
• A Vision of New Orleans: Production Design (5:07)
• Rhythm: the Crafting of Editing (5:05)
Description: From master storyteller John Grisham and the
director of Don't Say a Word comes a taut
suspense-thriller that "grabs hold of you and never lets go"
Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman have never shared the screen before, as they do in ''Runaway Jury,'' the latest film adaptation of a paranoiac John Grisham courtroom potboiler. Yet something feels familiar about the picture -- Mr. Hackman has played this grubby-souled, hand-tailored heart of modern corruption before, and in a previous Grisham adaptation: ''The Firm'' (1993). This time he's a slick jury consultant named Rankin Fitch -- apparently Lex Luthor was already taken -- who employs ruthless, pre-Miranda tactics generally seen on the Fox News channel to empanel a jury favorable to his client.Excerpt from The New York Times located HERE
Although the jury selection process is intended to weed out bias among prospective jurors, it's an open secret that both sides look for bias -- in their own favor, of course. There's an argument that juries would be more fairly selected by a random process, and "Runaway Jury" plays like the poster child for that theory. The new John Grisham thriller is about a jury consultant who tries to guarantee a friendly panel, and a juror who does a little free-lance jury consulting on his own.Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago SunTimes located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Fox's Blu-ray of Runaway Jury looks pretty good. The dual-layered 2.35:1 transfer has, most probably, maximized how 'pleasing' this film can look in digital. Depth and detail appears to mark the most significant areas it has extended beyond the capabilities of SD. Skin tones seem warm - contrast exhibits reasonable, if not overwhelming, black levels. There is no notable noise. This Blu-ray is a not glossy and gives a fine presentation. I can't imagine that the film looked much better than this.
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The DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1987 kbps is tested early with some explosive gunfire - although the rest of the film is fairly passive and dialogue driven. It, like the video, seems competent. Original music is by Christopher Young (perhaps notable for Spider-man 3) is supports the thriller aspects and seething suspense elements sounding crisp in the lossless rendering. There are plenty of optional subtitles, a few foreign language DUBs and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
The supplements all appear to duplicate the 2004 DVD with a fairly innocuous commentary by director Gary Felder, as well as 2 deleted scenes with optional commentary as well as a selected, 6.5-minute, scene commentary with Hoffmann and Hackman giving separate impressions. This tacks on a 15-minute Exploring the Scene with Hackman/Hoffman together and another 9-minute featurette discussing working together. Included are 5 more featurettes on production - the longest being a 'Making of...' plus others on cinematography, ensemble acting, New Orleans and the editing.
February 26th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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