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Point Break (1991/20th Century Fox/Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: A-     Extras: B-     Film: B-



Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 action vehicle Point Break is a film that even after 17 years still doesn’t seem to be able to find its audience.  Most people have seen the film, remember the film, but is often forgotten about until it hits a new format again, this time Blu-ray.  There are several highlight moments in the film that often make it memorable once you think about it, they are: the skydiving scenes, the surfing scenes, and the bank heist while wearing ex-president masks, which I always wondered if that was some sort of inspiration on 1995’s film Dead Presidents, but whatever the case these three aspects of Bigelow’s film are good. 


In between the heists, the surfing, and the skydiving though is a muddled storyline that is problematic at times, mostly due to Reeves being out-acted by Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, and Lori Petty, which is quite an accomplishment if you think about it!  Reeve’s is trying hard to be a cool “Bill & Ted” surfer version of Bruce Willis/Mel Gibson while pulling off the undercover FBI agent who must infiltrate a gang of wild adrenaline-junky bank robbers and in the meantime try not to fall in love with a girl caught up in the mix.  One can only be thankful that Matthew Broderick never got the role, although he was offered the part, so was Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen. 


Point Break has had an interesting career in DVD land and was originally issued along with several other discs from Fox as part of their DTS series, which also included films like Last of the Mohicans, Chain Reaction, Unlawful Entry, and a few others.  It was also issued in a special edition DVD set called the ‘Pure Adrenaline’ edition and now comes to Blu-ray featuring a 1080p anamorphic 2.35 X 1 picture and DTS-HD 5.1 audio. 


Unfortunately the image quality on this disc is less than stellar considering it’s a film that was originally shot in Super35mm film and was even given 70mm blow-up prints, but the Blu-ray is soft, grainy, and looks more like a standard definition DVD in most cases.  The beach scenes look a bit better overall, but are still occasionally soft, while colors look better here than indoor sequences.  Overall the print just doesn’t seem very consistent and won’t make any Blu-ray waves anytime soon. 


The sound on-the-other-hand is a bit of a different story as the DTS-HD 5.1 mix is highly engaging and sounds far superior to the lower Kbps mix that was on the DVD from several years back, which was always more compressed than anyone hoped.  Here the mix is fuller and tighter with lots of action taking place to give the mix the life that it deserves and the DTS track is up to that challenge offering a great sonic treat.  For comparison purposes there is a Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 4.0 mix also on the disc, which sounds closer to what the DVD offered. 


Since this is a 50GB disc it’s evident that Fox is hopeful that this edition will garner attention, and the extras make this disc promising for just that.  There are four featurettes that cover just about everything about the production of the film, the making of the film, and are not overly in-depth, but are worth a visit.  Also included is the theatrical trailers, a handful of deleted scenes, and a photo gallery section.  All of which round off a decent release of a film that is more hit than miss when you’re in the mood for an action ride.


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-   Nate Goss


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