One of the truly “Great” films of Harrison Ford’s career, as well as of the ‘80s, “WITNESS” has been given a new transfer from PARAMOUNT. Anyone that has ever previously doubted his acting abilities, need only view “WITNESS”. He’s fantastic! ACADEMY AWARD “WORTHY” FANTASTIC!
The story is about an Amish boy, who has witnessed a brutal murder of a narcotics officer while on his one trip outside of the Amish country, in the bathroom of a train station. Ford, plays a detective deciding to go undercover in the Amish country to protect the boy, realizing that his investigation involves some highly desperate and important men.
The clash of these two vastly different cultures is dazzling to watch. Weir has never made a more powerful film, and “WITNESS” unfolds with a grace so uncommon in films of the last thirty years.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 transfer with 16:9 enhancement. The image is sharper than in the previous dvd release, however, the problem with grain is still apparent, especially in darker scenes. The brighter scenes offer rich and vibrant colors. Detail is impressive throughout.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this release. While it’s not an aggressive mix, the subtle atmospheric effects are pleasant. The wonderful score is well complimented through all speakers. When surround/discrete effects are used, they’re powerful.
PARAMOUNT has included some extras. “BETWEEN TWO WORLDS” is a documentary comprised of five segments, exploring the film’s production.
A deleted scene, previously only made available in the tv version, is also offered, but not as a branched segment. It’s actually a great scene.