Bruce Willis gives a decent performance in "HOSTAGE," being released on dvd from BUENA VISTA. Willis stars as Jeff Talley, a former LA hostage negotiator, now working as a police chief in a small town, without any headaches, until some brutal teens decide, to rob the fortress-like home of a very bad accountant(Kevin Pollak). The film's opening sequence, is much like the rest of the film...moments of brilliance and moments of stupidity! Siri provides a gripping credit sequence that's truly innovative in its feel if not its approach! Unfortunately, the actions of Willis' character during his negotiations, are so ridiculously stupid and short-sighted, it strains credibility to believe this guy would have ever been allowed to serve as a negotiator. He really provides a large Homer Simpson-like "D'oh" moment!
The villains taking over the fortress alternate in terms of believability as well. Ben Foster's decision to become Manson-like at times, ruins what could have been a much more interesting character.
After these idiot, bad, adolescents, take over the house, Willis is sent in to save them, but some really bad guys kidnap his family, making a side-deal with him not to kill the family if he gets for them something they need inside the house. Twists? Yes, but there are many more predictable moments than genuine surprises.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It's a great image. Colors are solid and the image is sharp in every instance! There is no grain anywhere and the contrast is nearly flawless, offering great detail in darker scenes.
BUENA VISTA has provided a DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix. Surprisingly, surrounds are generally restrained, except for some powerful action sequences. Most of the separation in this mix is used to boost the film's score. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
BUENA VISTA has provided some extras, including a fine commentary with the film's director. A "behind-the-scenes" featurette is basically studio fluff. Several deleted scenes are included, offering interesting moments, but all were rightly cut for redundancy and length.