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Gone In 60 Seconds (2000/Blu-ray)

 

Picture: B†††† Sound: B†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: D

 

 

How bad is the remake of the 1974 cult car classic Gone In 60 Seconds?Well, for starters, it has one of the emptiest screenplays (by Scott Rosenberg) ever written for an action or car film.Also, female lead Angelina Jolie is in the film so briefly, I used to tell people that the title referred to the full run of her screen time versus the performance of any of the superexoticars.That leaves lead Nicolas Cage with little else to do.

 

The film is about cars being heisted for money and money being heisted with cars.Unfortunately, those cars tend to be the star more than Cage in one of the biggest missteps of Producer Jerry Bruckheimerís career.Giovanni Ribisi (playing the in-trouble brother of Cageís character), Will Patton, Delroy Lindo and the great Robert Duvall sadly finding a fast car film worse than Tony Scottís Tm Cruise vehicle Days Of Thunder to appear in round out the known cast members.So, does it make a good demo?

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in Super 35mm film by cinematographer Paul Cameron, but it is nothing special, though the odd thing is that the cars look better than the people for whatever reason.This transfer is better than the DVD, but there is nothing really memorable about the shooting here and you can see these cars looking good in other stills, plus video and film footage.Digital tampering has made some color funny and some definition blurry.The PCM 5.1 24bit/48kHz mix is better than the standard Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which has its moments with bass and has one of composer Trevor Rabinís lesser music scores.The combination is HD-worthy and as good as any of the HD-DVDs from the overrated Fast & Furious trilogy, but all four combined have nothing on the HD-DVD for John Frankenheimerís Grand Prix (all reviewed elsewhere on this site) if you want real car excitement.It has a better director, better editing, better script and the best picture we have seen in either format to date.

 

Extras include highlights via a function exclusive to Blu-ray and an HD featurette focusing on one of the action sequences, but that is all that could fit.That is probably for the best.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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