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|Contributor||Angelina Jolie, Ethan Browne, Darren Lee, Michael Peyser, Janet Graham, Jacob Peratrovich, Iain Softley, Laurence Mason, Jesse Bradford, Renoly Santiago, Peter Y. Kim, Fisher Stevens, Alberta Watson, Rafael Moreu, Matthew Lillard, Jonny Lee Miller, Ralph Winter, Lorraine Bracco, Selwyn Roberts See more|
|Language||English, Italian, Japanese, Russian|
|Runtime||1 hour and 47 minutes|
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Teenage hackers Zero Cool (Johnny Lee Miller) and Acid Burns (Angelina Jolie) may be young, but they're already in trouble with the authorities. Both have been banned from using computers until they turn eighteen. However, the situation turns from adolescent hi-jinks to deadly industrial espionage when they are framed by nefarious hacker The Plague - soon they are fighting for their lives.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.59 x 7.48 inches; 2.82 Ounces
- Item model number : 15816DVD
- Director : Iain Softley
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 47 minutes
- Actors : Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford, Matthew Lillard, Laurence Mason
- Subtitles: : English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Finnish
- Producers : Iain Softley, Jacob Peratrovich, Janet Graham, Michael Peyser, Ralph Winter
- Language : Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- ASIN : B00004CTXQ
- Writers : Rafael Moreu
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #120,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Those points aside, the 'transfer' to HD is about what I would expect from the mid 90's era. There is a good amount of grain on the film but it may have been on the original master. It adds a little bit of flair in my opinion to the grittiness of the film and it is noticeable and makes the film feel more like a bootleg than an HD copy. That does not detract from the film in my opinion as it reminds me of the Troma Films blu ray transfers. The film is letterboxed to its original aspect ratio on a 16:9 TV.
It is 2 speakers and that's it. I switched the playback to do a faux 5.1 on the receiver and it sounded similar to the DVD if not identical. It is possible that Shout! Factory's claim that the original master was DTS 2.0 and that the DVD was just using a fake 5.1 track is legit. The audio was clear enough and there was not any noticeable bleed through in either 2.0 or fake 5.1. Those who were expecting a remix of the audio are going to be upset and probably should steer clear.
3. Special Features
This is where the blu-ray really shines. Shout! Factory did an excellent job with the special features with a full length series of interviews that treat the film like the cult classic it is. They have wardrobe, visual effects, the Director and a few cast members. I thought this was going to be some 20 minute throwaway to push blu rays but it was an adult, serious take on the process of creating Hackers, the soundtrack, how the movie has influenced culture and the culture has influenced the movie, what real hacking was like during that era (2600 mag interviews), discussions about each of the other cast members, etc. I was really impressed with the production quality, depth and length of this feature. It was interesting and refreshing to hear a serious talk about one of my favorite films from those who participated in it.
The cover art can be flipped to have the original theatrical movie poster instead of the one shown in the screenshot. Much better IMHO and a nice surprise for those of us who didn't care for the change.
Overall, normally I wait for blu-ray releases to drop in price to around $10 and this movie probably would not have been an exception but it's one of my favorite movies and I would not be surprised if this is a more limited release. If you are looking for a HD remaster or Criterion Collection style treatment like this was some sort of American classic you will need to wait (probably forever) but if you want an HD version of your favorite film with an excellent feature length special feature this is your ticket. Let's be honest, you are only reading this review because you already love the movie. Me too.
Also Fisher Stevens is a stand-out as The Plague. This veggie-munching, ass-slapping, skate-boarding hacker supreme has a diabolical plan and he won't let these meddlesome kids get in his way! He also gets the best monologue in the film: "You wanted to know who I am, Zero Cool? Well let me explain the New World Order. Governments and corporations need people like you and me. We are Samurai. The Keyboard Cowboys. And all those other people out there who have no idea what's going on are the cattle. MOOOO!"
My only issue with this release is the lack of more bonus features. I love the restrospective documentary, it's great, but I was hoping for an audio commentary or two. Oh well
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Probably THE best film from the 90s. I've lost count of the number of times I've watched this since I got the DVD (if I don't watch it every couple of weeks there's something seriously wrong <grin>. A great cast - Jonny Lee Miller(who plays Dade perfectly), the unique 'Cereal Killer' (Matthew Lillard) and Angelina Jolie(to name but a few)
Made in 1995, this is a classic with some seriously great one-liners. It's a seriously under-rated film which has a teen feel-good factor, and you don't even have to be a geek to approciate it (though it helps ;-) )