WitnessDirector: Peter Weir
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Peter Weir's 1985 Amish drama comes to DVD via Paramount in a bare-bones edition that's about as plain as the Amish people it portrays. Witness features a nice transfer in the original 2.35:1 widescreen format, anamorphically enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. Picture quality is excellent, with solid blacks and bright colors. Audio is presented in a brand new Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, though it's not as impressive as other Paramount remixes. An English Dolby Surround track is also included, as well as a French Dolby Surround language track. Rear speakers are utilized minimally, with the majority of sound focused in the center speaker. Extra features are very slim, though Paramount was gracious enough to include a seven-minute interview with director Weir (discussing his first meeting with star Harrison Ford, among other topics). Also included is a scratchy full-frame theatrical trailer for the film. A more fitting edition seems warranted for such an acclaimed film, but as far as the audio and video go, this will do.
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|John Anderson||Set Decoration/Design|
|Dallas Dornan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John R. Elliott||Special Effects|
|Shari Feldman||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Maurice Jarre||Score Composer|
|Stan Jolley||Production Designer|
|William Kelley||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Ted Adams Swanson||Production Manager|
|Earl W. Wallace||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Pamela Wallace||Original Story|
|Wendy Weir||Associate Producer|
0. Scene Selections
1. Funeral Rites [:14]
2. The Journey [:44]
3. Material Witness [1:04]
4. John Book. [3:45]
5. Positive I.D. [3:54]
6. Watch Your Back [:07]
7. Gun of the Hand [6:19]
8. Plain John [6:33]
9. Honest Work [1:07]
10. Breaking the Rules [6:52]
11. Barn Raising [1:48]
12. The Storm [9:37]
13. Lost the Meaning [4:04]
14. Twilight [3:52]
15. It's Over [6:17]
16. Be Careful Among the English [1:36]
17. End Credits [6:10]
Interview With Peter Weir
Menu Group #1 with 18 chapter(s) covering 01:52:1
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Good acting especially by Harrison Ford and Lukas Haas, like the cinematography and of course the soundtrack was really good. The music reminded me a little bit of Blade Runner for some reason, which is also another really good soundtrack.
I agree with the other reviews here, adding that this remains one of my all-time favorite movies, and I see a lot of movies! It is haunting and mesmerizing and gorgeously filmed. It is also one of Viggo Mortensen's first films. Can you spot him?
I saw Witness in the movies way back and loved it then. I bought the tape and recently bought the DVD. Harrison Ford plays a Chicago cop who accidentially becomes involved with an Amish family due to the amish boy witnessing a murder. Kelly McGinnis is awesome. The outcome of the movie is of course the good guy wins, but I was always very disappointed that Ford and McGinnis characters didn't take a chance with each other. Yes I know, so chickish, but Im a chick!! Can (and have) watched this movie many many times.
This was a very well acted and directed film. Danny Glover is great in a rare villain role and harrison Ford gives one of the more nuanced performances of his great career. I was perhaps most impressed with the perfomance of Lucas Haas as the title character. He brought a lot of depth to a character considering he has few lines. I appreciate that Ford and Mcgillis cannot be together in the end. It seems more realistic, allowing for a healthy respect of people from two very different societies.
Great film that holds your interest through the entire movie. Interesting blend of the Amish culture with the suspense and murder. Harrison Ford is great! Very well done, highly recommend this movie.
having lived near where this film took place, i must credit the director, actors & writers with getting it right. the Amish are a wonderful people and were very accurately portrayed, including the local accent. of course Harrison Ford was superb, as usual. the plot was believable and kept you wondering throughout the movie, how will it end.