Warner Home Video
Cast: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward
Extras: Commentary Track, Featurettes, Trailer, Biographies
Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) is an honored Chicago surgeon who suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in the murder case of his own wife (Sela Ward). In vain, Kimble tries to convince the officials of his innocence but all the evidence points to him as the killer and no one seems willing to believe his story of a one-armed murderer. During a transport, a number of fellow convicts stage a break-out and Kimble manages to escape on his own, but immediately he has Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) on his heels, an experienced U.S. Marshal and one of the force’s most notorious bloodhounds. Dead-set on bringing Kimble to justice, he makes the once-respected surgeon the target of a massive manhunt that takes both to the brink of their physical abilities and mangles their spirits. Will Kimble be able to find the one-armed man who actually committed the crime before time runs out and Gerard catches up with him?
"The Fugitive" features some breath-taking stunts that propel the story forward in regular intervals but ultimately it is the beautiful photography, the masterful storytelling and the dramatic editing that makes "The Fugitive" a memorable movie experience.
The DVD gives us a very clean presentation of "The Fugitive" in its original 1.85:1 <$PS,widescreen> aspect ratio in a transfer that is <$16x9,enhanced for 16x9> television sets. When compared to the previously released DVD transfer, it is immediately obvious, just how much better this new version of the film looks. The print is free of grain or noise and reveals an incredible level of detail that was somehow missing from the previous release. Every bit of image information is perfectly captured in this transfer and even the darkest and most gloomy scenes of the film with very little contrast reveal an incredible faithfulness and definition. There is not a hint of dot crawl or noise in any of these scenes, making it a beautiful presentation to behold. Colors are also vibrant and vividly rendered, while blacks are deep and solid, without breaking up. There are no noticeable signs of edge-enhancement in the transfer, giving the entire presentation a very film-like look that is smooth, yet sharp, and highly detailed. The compression is absolutely flawless and not a hint of compression artifacting distracts from the movie you’re watching.
James Newton Howard has contributed a powerful score to "The Fugitive" and it is also reproduced in all its glory on this DVD. The mix is wide and makes also good use of the surround channels to create an enveloping sound stage for the music that puts the viewer right in the center of the action.
The centerpiece of the bonus materials on this DVD is a <$commentary,commentary track> featuring director Andrew Davis and actor Tommy Lee Jones. The commentary is informative and entertaining, offering a lot of insight into the production itself, as well as some excursions into the characters and the people involved. Interestingly, this commentary has been recorded as a phone conversation between the participants, it seems. Don’t expect narrow banded AF-quality though, as both Davis and Jones have been recorded separately as they were talking, leaving the spontaneity and their interaction fully intact, while at the same time managing to have a high level of recording quality. Andrew Davis is covering the majority of the commentary but Tommy Lee Jones contributes quite a bit in his sly, restrained and witty manner. Check this track out! It is full of great information and details.
The second is a 25-minute featurette called "On The Run." It is a promotional production featurette with a number of cast and crew interviews and a good portion of behind-the-scenes footage and clips from the movie. Like the <$commentary,commentary track> it covers a number of the same aspects, such as the casting, the general ideas that drove the film as well as some production issues, but it also covers additional sides of the production, such as technical aspects of the shooting of the film, and the approach to creating the vivid imagery. Although you won’t find real hard-core information here, this featurette is an entertaining addition to the DVD.
The disc’s introduction is also accessible from the Special Features menu, where you will also find the movie’s theatrical trailer, cast and crew biographies and a page recognizing the awards the film has garnered.