Striking Distance
Columbia / 1993 / 98 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
I first saw this Bruce Willis action flick a few years ago when it came out on video and I would consider it one of his better action flicks. Willis plays Tom Hardy a Pittsburgh cop who has ratted his cousin into internal affairs and is on the wrong side of the police department because of it. During the course of all this he is also investigating a serial killer called the 3 rivers killer. On the way to the yearly police ball with his father, the killer is spotted dumping a body and the usual car chase ensues. Now I have to say this is one of the better car chases I've seen on film in a while, anyhow the climax of this chase is that the killer and Willis and his father end up in a car accident, Willis survives, his father gets shot by the killer and he gets away to boot. 3 years pass and now Hardy is a water cop, patrolling the waterways of the city and now bodies are starting to turn up along the shores of the river, Hardy believes the killer is dumping the bodies for him to find. Who is the killer, why does the killer want Hardy to find the bodies? Watch & see.
VIDEO

Yet again, another high quality Columbia Transfer. While not as good as some of the other Columbia discs, it's still very high quality. There is the occasional MPEG artifact in the print but this is minor. The transfer itself is sharp and shadow detail is superb and the colors were very lifelike.

Striking Distance is framed at 1:78:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

AUDIO

There are a couple of audio formats on this disc English Dolby Digital 2.0 and French Dolby Digital 2.0, I listened to the English soundtrack. The soundtrack is of generally high quality. The surrounds get the occasional use when needed and they don't go over the top, for 90% of the movie the surrounds are used by ambient music but when a scene uses some good surround effects the rear channel is used nicely.

The dialog was easy to hear to hear for about 80% of the movie, there was the occasional scene where it was hard to hear dialog when there was a lot of ambient noise.

EXTRAS
Your standard set of extras from Columbia/Tri-Star. You get the theatrical trailer which is framed a 1:85:1 16:9enhanced with a DD2.0 soundtrack. There is also a Dolby Digital City Trailer and Filmographies on rear slick of the cover. I won't knock the score of the extras too much as this is the standard with CTHV even though they are getting better.
FINAL THOUGHTS
This one is at least worth a rental, grab it only if your a Bruce Willis fan.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 21:28:26 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 98 Mins
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 2/2/1999
Catalog Number: D18642
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 28
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: DVCC
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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