Before screenwriter Andrew Marlowe gave us the dreadful "END OF DAYS", he gave us the exciting, original "AIR FORCE ONE". One of the last great action/dramas in recent years, "AIR FORCE ONE" is that rare script in which characters act in ways that we are intrigued by, yet are completely believable, at least while we're viewing it. Harrison Ford portrays US President, James Marshall, a tough, determined, leader, with a strong sense of morality, but,...he's also intelligent! Imagine that! After giving a speech, unveiling his plans for facing evil head-on, his plane, with wife and daughter alongside him, is taken over by a terrorist, Ivan Korshunov(Gary Oldman), and his fanatic followers. As the plot progresses, the President and lead terrorist continue an ongoing battle between good and evil, wherein many innocent lives are at stake. To the writer and director's credit, the tension is always palpable and, for the most part, the events that follow never feel silly. Well,..during the film's climax, the sudden emergence of a "surprise" conspirator does offer the film's only real inane twist. Director Wolfgang Petersen offers a well-paced, visually striking experience that makes for great entertainment, even on repeated viewings. The cast, especially Ford, but also Glenn Close and the rest, are all perfect.
SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. While colors vary in vibrancy, fleshtones appear natural, and detail is impressive throughout, despite consistent grain. Contrast is inconsistent, varying between providing inky blacks in some scenes, and less than impressive discernment of gray in others. Still, there are only a few instances wherein the image doesn't jump off the screen with depth. It's a really good looking transfer, just not reference quality.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. "This" is reference quality! To begin with, the score is rousing throughout, and makes the audience really appreciate how much a great mix can do to enhance a great film. Subtle nuances, as well as more boisterous LFE effects immerse the listener in scene-after-scene with maximum payoff! The dynamic range is notably better than the already impressive "SUPERBIT" DTS mix. The opening sequence demonstrates just how perfectly balanced the mix is, with subtle sounds of a parachute flapping, blends with the score and gun battle which is to ensue. A GREAT MIX!!!!!
The fine commentary with the director and Michael Coleman, missing on the "SUPERBIT" release, but previously available on dvd, is included. Various theatrical trailers are also offered in 1080p.