Sure, Philip Kaufman gave us "THE INCREDIBLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING", but he also is responsible for "RISING SUN". No good deed goes unpunished. Michael Chricton's novel delved into the world of escorts being kept by Japanese Executives, corporate espionage, police corruption and high-tech advancements in a gripping way. Unfortunately, this film adaptation has carried over none of the suspense. "RISING SUN" plays like a mediocre made-for-cable(there is some nudity)movie. While Sean Connery is decent with what he's given, Wesley Snipes is totally miscast and the character portrayed by Tia Carrera(a rising star when this was made) is completely wasted. It feels like Kaufman just threw snippets from the original novel against a wall and caught what fell off for the script. It's so abridged as to offer little in the way of tension, and surprisingly little in the way of action, Snipes' forte!
FOX has provided a 1080p/AVD MPEG 4 transfer with 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Considering its underwhelming box-office performance, the transfer here has some impressive things going for it. While it is grainy throughout, there's great depth in scene after scene. The lack of vibrant colors prevent it from having the "WOW" impact we'd have liked a BLU-RAY to have, but it does look pretty good, and better than a lot of BLU-RAYS out there in terms of a nearly three-dimensional presentation.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 mix. It's not nearly as aggressive as one would expect from what looks like an action film. However, there's not much action, so the mostly front-generated discrete effects play well for the most part. Surrounds kick in during some standard "action" scenes, fights, car chases, etc. Nothing exciting here, but adequate.
Several trailers are included in full 1080p.