Air Force One
As part of Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment's new Superbit Collection of DVDs, director Wolfgang Peterson's action-packed patriotic fantasy about a group of crazed Russian terrorists (led by Gary Oldman) who hijack Air Force One, only to be pummeled, maimed, and killed by the President himself (played by the stoic but always heroic Harrison Ford), this disc careens into your home like never before. The Superbit Collection uses a higher bit rate than the original DVD releases. Basically, by offering only the film on the disc (the Superbit discs do not contain any extras, not even a trailer), the digital bit transfer rate (the process of reading information on the disc) can be doubled, offering the viewer a sharper, clearer picture. That's the sales pitch at least. Air Force One does look and sound excellent. The picture is always sharp and free of artifacts, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is powerful. Dialog occasionally gets lost in the mix, but overall it's fine. Rich bass and much channel separation easily give one ample opportunity to crank up the sound and revel in the mayhem. A DTS soundtrack option is also available. The disc is available in 2.35:1 widescreen ratio and has been given English, French, and Spanish subtitle options.