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Striking Distance (1993/Sony Blu-ray)


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



In the one film that may be as bad or worse than Hudson Hawk for Bruce Willis, Rowdy Harrington’s awful would-be thriller Striking Distance (1993) has Willis as a Pittsburgh Police cop demoted (again!) for misconduct, but suddenly on the trail of a serial killer.  Oddly, this film opens with a bad action comedy sequence that is miles away from what the film thinks it is about.  He is then joined by another cop (Sarah Jessica Parker in one of the worst performances of her career; one of many but way at the bottom) who thinks someone inside the department may be behind the murders.


In the meantime, this muddled mess also wastes John Mahoney, Dennis Farina, Brion James, Robert Pastorelli, Timothy Busfield, Andre Braugher and Tom Sizemore in one of the most badly directed and badly edited films any of them will ever do.  It is one of the biggest such messes in the last 30 years, the film rightly bombed, but here is the Blu-ray for those who might care.


The film was in so much trouble that many reshoots had to be done on soundstages elsewhere and that only made things worse.  Originally entitled Three Rivers (a title taken by a recent production), Harrington had gone to school in the city featured, but you would never know it from seeing this mess.  Thankfully, his career never recovered.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image is on the soft side throughout, looking like an older HD master (1080i?) and not looking as good as the 35mm film print originally screened.  The film’s idea of a visual Pittsburgh is laughable and I can see why Sony did not redo this one.  The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix is the default highlight of the film with aggressive surrounds and sound effects, but that also seems a desperate way to cover up how bad it is.  At least it is not as harsh as too many current digital mixes we have run into.  There are no extras, though BD Live interaction is available.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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