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(Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson, 1981)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Shout! Factory
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 45,346,788,330 bytes
Feature Size: 28,931,788,800 bytes
Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 18th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1891 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1891 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Lights Camera Action interview with producer Herb Nanas (16:10 - audio only)
• We Gotta Shoot This - interview with DoP James A. Contner (24:37)
• A Sign of the Times - interview with actress Lindsay Wagner (10:29)
• Not the Other Girls - interview with actress Catherine Mary Stewart (4:24)
• Nighthawks - The First Draft - interview with writer Paul Sylbert (9:50)
• It Was Hell - interview with Technical Advisor Randy Jurgensen (10:50)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:43)
• Radio Spots (1:35)
• Stills Gallery
Description: Sylvester Stallone and Rutger Hauer star in
this riveting story of suspense and intrigue that starts in
London, continues in Paris and reaches its chilling
conclusion on the streets of New York.
Deke DaSilva (Sylvester Stallone) and Matthew Fox (Billy Dee Williams) are New York police officers specially assigned to a special multi-national team dedicated to tracking down terrorist Wulfgar (Rutger Hauer). Wulfgar planted a bomb in a London department store, killing several children and he is now an outcast, hunted by both the police and his fellow gang members. He has extensive plastic surgery and resumes his activities aided by Shakka (Persis Khambutta), a completely psychotic fellow outcast. Soon DaSilva and Wulfgar are engaged in a violent battle of wits as Wulfgar resumes his terrorist activities and threatens New York . This very effective thriller features a chilling performance by Rutger Hauer as the handsome, ruthless cold-blooded killer who charms women into helping him and then kills them. Sylvester Stallone gives an unusually understated emotionally vulnerable performance as a man trying to save lives while he saves his own marriage. The film makes excellent use of New York locales, particularly during a terrifying hijacking of a cable car where Wulfgar coolly decides which of the hostages will live or die.Excerpt from B+N located HERE
There are also, in ''Nighthawks,'' a subway chase, a drug bust, a
final slow-motion shooting and the hijacking of a Roosevelt Island cable
car. All of these things are familiar (although the subway car is
absolutely clean of graffiti, and the Roosevelt Island tram may not have
been used before). And yet, as directed by Bruce Malmuth, the movie is
clumsy but fast, and very vividly etched, with plenty of excitement and
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Nighthawks looks pristine on a dual-layered Blu-ray with a max'ed out bitrate from Shout! Factory. The 1080P image supports the frequent dark sequences of the film without issue. Colors appear true - many warm skin tones - and detail at the high-end. Contrast is adept but there is not an abundance of depth. Grain is fine and consistent looking very pleasing adding some texture to the visuals. There are no flaws - the video is clean and produces, what appears to be, an authentic and buoyant video presentation.
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Burned-in subtitle sample for the non-English dialogue
A lossless DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel stereo track at 1891 kbps (24-bit) supports keyboard legend Keith Emerson's score (Dario Argento's Inferno, Lucio Fulci's Murder-Rock: Dancing Death) and it's filled with action and drama sounding impressively deep in the lossless. It adds significantly to the viewing experience, IMO. Effects - like guns - can sound cannon-like. There are optional English subtitles on the region 'A' Blu-ray disc.
This 'Collector's Edition' is filled with supplements - mostly in the form of interviews. Lights Camera Action spends time with producer Herb Nanas for over 1/4 hour on the phone. We Gotta Shoot This is a 25-minute piece with DoP James A. Contner. A Sign of the Times is a 10-minute interview with the lovely Lindsay Wagner. Not the Other Girls spends a brief 5-minutes with actress Catherine Mary Stewart. Nighthawks - The First Draft gives us 10-minutes with writer Paul Sylbert and It Was Hell - talks with Technical Advisor Randy Jurgensen for just over 10-minutes. There is also a theatrical trailer, Radio Spots and a stills gallery..
October 13th, 2016
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.
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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