48 Hours (BLU-RAY)

48 Hours

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Running Time: 
96 Minutes

Notice anything strange about the cover for this Blu-Ray? I'll give you a hint. Its all in a name.

48 Hours. One of the most racist, sexist, and clichéd cop films of the 80’s starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte is now on Blu-Ray. This is a film that I had failed to catch while on an action film high and or Walter Hill Marathon (I love a majority of his films directed and written) so when I was assigned to review it on Blu-Ray I got comfortable in my recliner, flipped on the television and was prepared for some good old fashioned 80’s violence Hill style. After all this film kicked off a string of films like Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, and even spawned a sequel. It’s got to be good right? Well right off the bat my mind began to throw information together from all the useless film trivia I‘ve got stored in the brain. Walter Hill, director of iconic cult classic gang film The Warriors + two members of the infamous Warriors film James Remar and David Patrick Kelly (Warriors, come out and play-ee-aye) + James Horner’s Original Music which sounds almost identical to his original music from Commando, a film also starring David Patrick Kelly alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger who starred in Predator with Sonny Landham who stars in 48 Hours. Really I could go on forever like this so I’ll just cut to the chase. Paramount’s release for this film is a sad one and the film was bad. I guess you can’t win them all but now I have a whole new addition towards the movie trivia in my head. That’s got to be worth something.

48 Hours does have a bit going for it even though its simply an ugly BD transfer. Clarity for the most part is good, colors are decent but don’t pop like they should, but that’s about it. Black levels are poor, there is an ugly sheen of grain throughout. Its like your watching the original theatrical release almost. That could be a factor though as maybe Paramount had tried too hard to maintain the look and feel of Hill’s camera style. In any case, as a BD release, its extremely poor. Audio is just as bad. While atmospheric sound is great; bullets fly all over the room with clarity even in the rear channels, dialogue suffers considerably against the louder bang and boom of the films action sequences.

As if the poorly transfer was not enough to make you think that Paramount might very well hate this film, as bonus features you get the films trailer and that’s it. In my search for youtube footage of the films DVD counterpart to match up picture quality I came across several interviews with Eddie Murphy who talked lengthy on the making of 48 Hours so why wasn’t it included. Then again even in the DVD release the only special feature was…wait for it….theatrical trailer. I hate to say it but DVD owners this may not be worth the upgrade. As always final judgment is yours

AJ Garcia
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