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Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte


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Ron Howard's kidnapping thriller Ransom comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The film has neither looked nor sounded better on home video. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and a French soundtrack has also been included. The extensive…  See more details below


Ron Howard's kidnapping thriller Ransom comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The film has neither looked nor sounded better on home video. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and a French soundtrack has also been included. The extensive supplemental materials include a detailed commentary by Howard. He discusses many elements of the production and is full of praise for his cast. Those who like insider gossip will greatly enjoy the story of what happened the day Mel Gibson was nominated for an Oscar for directing Braveheart. Numerous deleted scenes have been included, and two behind-the-scenes featurettes allow the actors to talk about the process of making the film. This disc was released simultaneously with a number of Ron Howard films that have all been outfitted with quality extras.

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Crisp, taut, and often preposterous, Ron Howard's Ransom is as eager a suspenseful potboiler as they come. For the most part, it scores, with Mel Gibson revisiting the righteous anger that worked so well for him in films like Mad Max and Braveheart. The film absorbs the viewer from the start, as a disorienting abduction scene teaches Rene Russo's character how simply -- and perhaps irrevocably -- a loved one can be whisked away. As they process the kidnappers' demands, the Mullens and FBI agents reach great heights of melodramatic emotion, worrying that brashness has cost them their son. Meanwhile, the parallel scenes in the kidnappers' headquarters reveal that their stakes are equally high, and that their strategizing must be just as methodical. A little in awe of what they've done, they display a sense of high-strung uneasiness that's unusual in movie villains, often known for their evil stoicism. But the film makes a bit of a misstep when it thrusts Gibson into vigilante mode. It's meant to be a statement on Gibson's descent into madness -- inspired by the belief that his son is dead -- that he places a bounty on the heads of his son's captors. But it's hard to fully support a hero in the wake of such a reckless decision. The viewer is left with the nagging notion that if the child is killed, his father will have provoked it.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Extensive deleted scenes; "What Would You Do?" featurette with cast & crew; Commentary with director Ron Howard; Behind-the-scenes special with cast and filmmakers; International theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Tom Mullen
Rene Russo Kate Mullen
Brawley Nolte Sean Mullen
Gary Sinise Jimmy Shaker
Delroy Lindo Agent Lonnie Hawkins
Lili Taylor Maris Connor
Liev Schreiber Clark Barnes
Donnie Wahlberg Cubby Barnes
Evan Handler Miles Roberts
Dan Hedaya Jackie Brown
Paul Guilfoyle Wallace
Michael Gaston Agent Jack Sickler
José Zuñiga David Torres
Nancy Ticotin Agent Kimba Welch
Donna Hanover Actor
John Ortiz Roberto

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Brian Grazer Producer
B. Kipling Hagopian Producer
Todd Hallowell Executive Producer
Daniel Hanley Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Mike Hill Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
James Horner Score Composer
Cyril Hume Original Story
Alexander Ignon Screenwriter
Jane Jenkins Casting
John Kasarda Art Director
Richard Maibaum Original Story
Susan Merzbach Co-producer
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Aldric La'Auli Porter Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Richard Price Screenwriter
Scott Rudin Producer
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Schroeder Co-producer
Piotr Sobocinski Cinematographer
Louisa Velis Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles - A Family Man
2. Junior Science Fair
3. "Making Beds in a Burning House"
4. A Payer
5. Unauthorized Interference
6. The Criminal Food Chain
7. Going Alone
8. High Ground
9. Error in Judgement
10. Human Garbage/End Credits [9:33]

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Ransom 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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'...
bookin-it More than 1 year ago
This is one of those movies that runs on pure suspense and adrenaline from 15 minutes into it until the very last frame. It is definately one of Ron Howard's darkest movies, and he should be commended for letting Mel Gibson out of his cage and allowing him to act as only Mel Gibson can act (think Leathal Weapon - the devoted father). In fact, this could be Lethal Weapon 5 because Rene Russo is his wife. I know that's a stretch, but it's that kind of Donner-given acting that Mel Gibson displays in this movie. Some scenes are horrifying to watch due to the content of a child having been kidnapped, so it could sadly hit too close to home for many people. But if you need an emotional thrill ride, then get this movie - or rent it. Whatever you want. Just don't miss it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago