Behind Enemy Lines (Blu-ray)
Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C Film: C
the worst War/Action films to come out in the comeback cycle of War films is
John Moore’s Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
featuring comedian Owen Wilson as a solider (pushing credibility already) as a
Navy flyer shot down and falling into the war zone of Bosnia. The film was badly edited, choppy, dumb and
pointless, even with Gene Hackman on board.
Many were rooting for the Bosnia’s to get Wilson.
Veloz/Zak Penn screenplay seems to have been a little better before the studio
edited the film down, but when you finish watching, there is just really
nothing more here than you might find in plenty of other films of its ilk. This did not make Wilson any kind of action
star, which seems to be part of the intent, and it is just a yawner overall.
X 1 1080p AVC @ 18 MBPS digital High Definition image was shot in Super 35mm by
Nathan Crowley and has the typically over-blue cold-metal base look all these
films have had for ten years. It is like
watching the Blu-ray of S.W.A.T.
(reviewed elsewhere on this site) where degraded images get in the way of clear
ones, but it is worse here when the battlefield tries to fain a natural, yet
6.1 ES HD Master Audio is good, but again nothing to write home about, except
in action scenes. The film is a bit
older to get such treatment, but this is Fox’s way to assure viewers they are
delivering the best possible sound. Don
Davis’ score is as flat as the film, but then what did he really have to score
here? The combination is good enough at
times to justify being in this format, but will be eclipsed by better films in
the genre (especially the Blu-ray of Black
Hawk Down already available) so enjoy it while you can. It even inspired a lame sequel, already not
recommended elsewhere on this site.
- Nicholas Sheffo