John Woo had definitely done some great action work over the years. But I will be the first to admit that not all of his films grab me. While I found this one entertaining, it was never one of my favorites by him. Probably because I went through a basic hate relationship with Travolta films for awhile. After Pulp Fiction it seemed like every other movie out there had him in it, and he always acted exactly the same. Since I've had a bit of a break from all that now, I will say the film sat a bit better with me this time around, but I still think it is one of Woo's weaker titles.
Extras: 1/5 A fascinating glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, "Fair Game" is a riveting drama inspired by the experiences of real-life undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame, whose career is destroyed and her marriage strained to its limits when her covert status is exposed by a White House press leak. As a cover officer in the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie's husband, diplomat Joe Wilson, is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.
Extras: 4/5 Freeways are clogged. Terror stalks our cities. At shops and restaurants, the customer is seldom right. Pressures of big-city life can anger anyone. But Bill Foster is more than angry. He's out to get even. Foster abandons his gridlocked car, license plate D-FENS, on the hottest day of the year and walks straight into an urban nightmare both absurdly funny and shatteringly violent. Michael Douglas is Foster, an ordinary guy at war with the frustrations of daily life. Robert Duvall is the savvy cop obsessed with stopping Fosters citywide rampage. This spellbinding thriller is their story, asking "Are we falling apart?".
Extras: 4/5 Walt Disney's animated musical masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound - now brilliantly restored for the first time ever in high definition! Blu-ray technology finally allows you to experience "Fantasia" - and "Fantasia 2000", the triumphant classic it inspired - the way Walt envisioned! Plus, for the first time ever on Blu-ray, experience the 2003 Academy Award nominated animated short "Destino" the extraordinary collaboration between Walt Disney and legendary artist Salvador Dali! Revealing new bonus features and commentary bring the "Fantasia" experience to life, allowing generations of moviegoers all over the world to enjoy this timeless classic like never before. See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is "Fantasia" over and over again.
Extras: 2.5/5 After 10 years in prison, Driver has a singular focus - to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imprisonment. Now a free man with a deadly to-do list in hand, he's finally on his mission... but with two men on his trail - a veteran cop just days from retirement, and a young egocentric hitman with a flair for the art of killing and a newfound worthy opponent. The hunter is also the hunted. It's a do or die race to the list's finish as the mystery surrounding his brother's murder deepens, and new details emerge along the way hinting that Driver's list may be incomplete.
Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore, Perry Wilson, Peter J. Votrian, Adam Williams. Directed by Robert Mulligan. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (widescreen). B&W. Dolby Digital. 100 minutes. 1957. Paramount Home Entertainment 05607. NR. $19.99.
Extras: 1/5 When an ill-advised fight destroys the reputation of a renowned martial arts champion and his family, his difficult path to redemption will bring him face-to-face with the most ferocious fighters in the world.
Extras: 2/5 A loving family man with a promising future, Wade Porter suddenly loses everything when he accidentally kills the burglar who broke into his home. Convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Wade is sentenced to spend the next three years inside a maximum security facility where the rules of society no longer apply. Forced to share a cell with a notorious mass murderer and subjected to brutal beatings orchestrated by the sadistic head prison guard, Wade soon realizes he's in for the fight of his life and must become the toughest "Felon" of them all if he's to survive the block. For what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. And in state prison, only the strongest will survive.
Extras: 3/5 "Bueller... Bueller...?" Sorry, not here! Instead, high-schooler Ferris Bueller, his girlfriend Sloane, and his best bud Cameron are off on the spontaneous romp through Chicago known as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
Voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, Barry Humphries, Austin Pendleton, John Ratzenberger. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (anamorphic), 4:3. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX (English, French, Spanish), THX. Two discs. 100 minutes. 2003. Buena Vista Home Entertainment 3007803. G. $29.99.
This is a plausible, compelling look at the artistic process and inspirations behind J.M. Barrie's writing of Peter Pan. It features complex and convincing acting from Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and the still luminous Julie Christie. Not to mention the wild boys, led by Freddie Highmore. Worth mentioning too that director Marc Forster also did 2001's Monster's Ball and last year's sadly underrated Stranger Than Fiction. A filmmaker worth watching.