F/X

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Perhaps not surprisingly, F/X has dated somewhat since its 1986 release, simply because the special effects techniques depicted in the film seem prehistoric compared to the CGI-based methods of today. However, the likeable pairing of Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy in the lead roles, and the film's overall sense of fun, make MGM's DVD edition of more than casual interest, even if it is a fairly basic package. There is both a letterboxed widescreen version and a full-frame transfer, of which the latter is clearly ...
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Perhaps not surprisingly, F/X has dated somewhat since its 1986 release, simply because the special effects techniques depicted in the film seem prehistoric compared to the CGI-based methods of today. However, the likeable pairing of Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy in the lead roles, and the film's overall sense of fun, make MGM's DVD edition of more than casual interest, even if it is a fairly basic package. There is both a letterboxed widescreen version and a full-frame transfer, of which the latter is clearly the better, with more detail and less noticeable grain. The Dolby 2.0 Sound is powerful and mixed well, if perhaps lacking the depth that a 5.1 track might have provided. The only extra feature on the disc is the motion picture trailer, which is quite a good one and worth watching as a taster for the film itself. MGM could perhaps have done a little more with this release, but this is probably standard for an older film. As it is, the DVD presentation of F/X is competent, if unspectacular.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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Taking its name from the Hollywood designation for special effects, 1986's F/X is a clever little thriller that relies on one of the classic staples of the genre: the thin line between reality and illusion. The absorbing premise concerns a special-effects man for low-budget horror films (Bryan Brown) who is forced into hiding after helping the government's witness protection program "kill" an informant gangster. Needless to say, there is a rapid series of tricky plot twists, and nothing and no one are what they seem. The intrigue in F/X is reminiscent of cat-and-mouse films of the 1970s like Charley Varrick or Three Days of the Condor; but the film's showy climax is straight out of a high-adrenaline action movie. Director Robert Mandel spends a surprising amount of time fleshing out the characters, and Brown and Brian Dennehy reward that decision with interesting performances. The film was a moderate hit upon its release and spawned a lesser sequel, F/X 2.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2000
  • UPC: 027616850782
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bryan Brown Rollie Tyler
Brian Dennehy Leo McCarthy
Diane Venora Ellen
Cliff De Young Lipton
Mason Adams Col. Mason
Jerry Orbach Nicholas DeFranco
Joe Grifasi Mickey
Martha Gehman Andy
Roscoe Orman Capt. Wallenger
Trey Wilson Lt. Murdoch
Tom Noonan Varrick
James Babchak State Trooper
Angela Bassett TV Reporter
Marvin Beck Medical Examiner
Gibby Brand 1st Reporter
Gerald Campbell Doctor
Jim Cordes Capt. Watts
Ed Crowley Ballistics Expert
Christopher Curry Mitchell
Paul D'Amato Gallagher
Jean de Baer Whitemore
Josie de Guzman Marisa Velez
John Doumanian The Director
M'eL Dowd Miss Joyce Lehman
Jim Elliott Car Pound Attendant
Drummond Erskine Boat House Guard
Michael Fischetti State Police Chief
Bernie Friedman Bum
Tim Gallin Adams
Richard Hayes State Trooper
Ray Iannicelli Charlie
George Kodisch Capt. Tolosa
Yolanda Lloyd Receptionist
James Lovelett McCoy
Christopher McHale State Trooper
John McLoughlin Hospital State Trooper
Joe Pentangelo Police Officer
James Pickens Jr. Ambulance Driver
Patrick Stack Sgt. Littauer
Technical Credits
Robert Mandel Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Bill Conti Score Composer
Dodi Fayed Producer
Gregory Fleeman Screenwriter
Carl Fullerton Makeup Special Effects
Alixe Gordin Casting
Al Griswold Special Effects
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Steven Jordan Set Decoration/Design
Robert T. Megginson Screenwriter
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Ken Ornstein Asst. Director
Michael Peyser Executive Producer
Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Charlie Picerni Stunts
Tom Priestley Jr. Camera Operator
Harry Rabinowitz Musical Direction/Supervision
Terry Rawlings Editor
Thomas A. Razzano Production Manager
Thomas A. Reilly Asst. Director
John Stears Special Effects
Allen Weisinger Makeup
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack H. Wiener Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Logos/Title/Credits [:04]
2. "What a Surprise!" [2:48]
3. "I'm a Producer." [2:06]
4. "Am I in Trouble?" [2:19]
5. "Moral Qualms" [5:10]
6. "I Think I'll Do It!" [1:36]
7. Molding a Man [6:18]
8. "I Must Be Mad!" [3:30]
9. Masking a Murder [1:41]
10. Betrayed [4:56]
11. A Love Shattered [5:36]
12. "Talk to Me!" [4:21]
13. Murder Investigation [3:13]
14. Good Cop, Bad Cop [4:56]
15. Losing a Tail [1:50]
16. Real or Make-Believe? [4:00]
17. Flirting With Facts [4:28]
18. Fighting Back [5:22]
19. Jogging Memories [3:46]
20. Now We're Smoking [4:24]
21. Runaway Stunt Van [4:23]
22. An Act of Suspension [5:17]
23. Shocking Entrance [3:40]
24. "Playing Games" [4:14]
25. The Key to the Cash [4:57]
26. Disillusioned Cop [3:27]
27. "We Need to Talk!" [1:57]
28. End Credits [3:17]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Logos/Title/Credits [:04]
2. "What a Surprise!" [2:48]
3. "I'm a Producer." [2:06]
4. "Am I in Trouble?" [2:19]
5. "Moral Qualms" [5:10]
6. "I Think I'll Do It!" [1:36]
7. Molding a Man [6:18]
8. "I Must Be Mad!" [3:30]
9. Masking a Murder [1:41]
10. Betrayed [4:56]
11. A Love Shattered [5:36]
12. "Talk to Me!" [4:21]
13. Murder Investigation [3:13]
14. Good Cop, Bad Cop [4:56]
15. Losing a Tail [1:50]
16. Real or Make-Believe? [4:00]
17. Flirting With Facts [4:28]
18. Fighting Back [5:22]
19. Jogging Memories [3:46]
20. Now We're Smoking [4:24]
21. Runaway Stunt Van [4:23]
22. An Act of Suspension [5:17]
23. Shocking Entrance [3:40]
24. "Playing Games" [4:14]
25. The Key to the Cash [4:57]
26. Disillusioned Cop [3:27]
27. "We Need To Talk!" [1:57]
28. End Credits [3:17]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Language
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Español
      Subtitles
         Français
         Español
         None
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Language
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Español
      Subtitles
         Français
         Español
         None
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