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Posted October 1, 2010
EXTRAS DON'T MAKE UP FOR SAME FLAWED TRANSFER
'Ransom' is a taut thriller about one man's desperation and determination to get back his kidnapped son. Mel Gibson headlines as Tom Mullen - a man whose seemingly perfect world is shattered when his son, Sean (Brawley Nolte) is stolen from him during a science fair in Central Park. Rene Russo plays Tom¿s wife, Kate. She¿s at odds with Tom¿s plan to offer the ransom money as a bounty on the kidnappers instead. Gary Sinise plays Det. Jimmy Shaker ¿ a man seemingly out to help the Mullen¿s regain their child but who may have ulterior motives on his mind. Lily Taylor adds genuine weight to the role of Maris Connor, part of the band of ruthless kidnappers who begins to suspect that their ringleader may be shaping up for a little in-house betrayal. As far as suspense and deception go - they don't get much better than 'Ransom'. Unfortunately, no one at Touchstone seems to care. The quality of this transfer is, pending a few truly horrific digital transfers that I have seen in my life time, really nothing to get worked up about. This DVD is NOT ANAMORPHICALLY ENHANCED for 16:9 displays. Colors are generally weak and often muddy and on occasion tend to bleed. Fine detail is completely lost in the darker scenes and contrast levels are way, way too low. Black levels register as more of a dirty brown than black. Aliasing, shimmering of fine details and edge enhancement are all present for a very uneven visual presentation. There is NO EXCUSE for the barrage of 'age related' nicks, chips and scratches that are all over this visual presentation. Some films from the 1950s don't look this bad!!! The audio is Stereo Surround. Apart from the extras, this is virtually the same DVD as previously released by Buena Vista. What a crock! Extras include deleted scenes, an audio commentary, a really brief making of featurette and the original theatrical trailer. But if this is Buena Vista's idea of a Special Edition I'd hate to see what their idea of bare bones is. Oops! Almost forget. I have seen it on 'Beaches', 'I Love Trouble', 'Pretty Woman', 'Can't Buy Me Love', 'Adventures In Babysitting'...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.