From the film's opening boxing sequence, something just doesn't feel right about "BROKEN ARROW". And, this hunch is proven again and again as the film progresses. Travolta and Christian Slater play test Air force pilots with a too obvious rivalry revealed at the beginning. When Travolta plots to sell nuclear missiles from the plane he's piloting, he attempts to kill Slater in the process. Slater spends the rest of the film trying to get revenge and prevent Travolta from salvaging the weapons from the crash site. The best thing in the film is Slater being paired with the under-rated Samantha Mathis. It's really a shame she's not on-screen more. Director John Woo creates some heavy-handed, if fun, action sequences, but the chemistry/rivalry between the two leads is just too comic-book like to convey any sense of real tension and it leaves the viewer feeling like they've experienced an "ok" comic book.
FOX has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. There's a surprising amount of grain, but the overall image and colors are a major improvement over the previously available dvd versions. While some noise is apparent, especially in darker scenes, the level of detail and quality, is pretty impressive, though never spectacular.
FOX has provided a DTS HD Lossless 5.1 mix. Being a John Woo film, one can expect an aggressive mix and this one delivers! There are many discrete/panning/bass effects throughout the film. The DTS mix is also a major improvement over the previous dvd version as well as the DTS laserdisc version, with far better fidelity. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.