Remove ads with our VIP Service
- The Negotiator 
Add Your Comments
- DTS Reveals DTS:X Immersive Sound Technology [1/8]
- High-Def Digest Goes Hands-On with a Pioneer Dolby Atmos Sound System [9/30]
- Integra Delivers Firmware Update to Enable Dolby Atmos [9/30]
- Onkyo Delivers Firmware Update to Enable Dolby Atmos [9/30]
- Denon Announces New X-Series Network A/V Receivers, Dolby Atmos Support [7/24]
- Dolby Publishes More Information About Home Version of Dolby Atmos [6/28]
- Yamaha Elevates Premium AVENTAGE AV Receivers with Next Gen Features Including Dolby Atmos® [6/25]
- Onkyo Announces High-End and Mid-Range A/V Components with Dolby Atmos Sound [6/23]
- Integra High-End and Mid-Range A/V Components to support Dolby Atmos [6/23]
- Dolby Announces Availability of Dolby Atmos in the Home [6/23]
Warner Home Video
List Price: $28.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com)
| Video Format:
Movie: BD-50 (x1)
- No Upfront Ads!
- Special Features
- The Eleventh Hour: Stories From Real-Life Negotiators (6:51, SD, 2 ch.)
- On Location: Why Chicago (6:51, SD, 2 ch.)
- Theatrical Trailer (2:33, SD, 2 ch.)
About the Movie
Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, the film is a taut tale of a former FBI hostage negotiator who, after being framed for murder, tries to clear his name by taking several people hostage in order to uncover the guilty party.
How Does it Look?
A majority of this movie takes place at night, and many scenes are in a darkened office building (at night). That can present a problem if the disc was not encoded well to prevent macro-blocking and other artifacts. Fortunately, I saw none of those problems while watching this movie. For a 11-year-old movie, it looks great, and doesn't look like a rush job like some other catalog titles I've seen on Blu-ray.
How Does it Sound?
The sound mix works well for this movie! The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack delivers split-surround action when it's called for, and sharp punches to create the impact it should to increase the tension of the situation.
I like to see the theatrical trailer included with movies, so I was happy to see that one was included here. Being able to watch the trailer helps one to appreciate how the movie was marketed during its theatrical release, and it's a nice extra to have. The video quality is poor, however, and the sound is 2-channel stereo, so don't expect quality anywhere near that of the movie.
The Eleventh Hour: Stories From Real-Life Negotiators is an interview with a real-life negotiator as he talks about actual negotiations he's encountered. On Location: Why Chicago is a featurette that talks about the choice of Chicago as the location for the movie and the challenges faced by the crew in shutting down the Chicago river and several blocks of downtown each night. The two clips do extend the movie-watching experience a little, so there's some value that they add to this title.
This disc is BD-J formatted, and our PlayStation 3 was able to support auto-resuming the movie, but not after the disc is ejected. This is one of the biggest usability problems with the Blu-ray format that studios need to recognize and support, and more are doing so. Bookmarking is not supported. I really wish that Warner, and every other studio, would adopt Disney's approach with auto-resuming movies that are interrupted during playback. The Blu-ray Disc Association should pay Disney for the BD-J code that does it, and put it into a common library accessible by all disc programmers!
This is a pretty basic catalog release, and a somewhat surprising release at that. The Negotiator does feature a pretty well-known cast, but the movie itself didn't attract that much attention when it was released, and it doesn't have the long-lasting cachet of movies like Die Hard. This makes it surprising that it would be released on Blu-ray, but maybe that's a good sign that doing a Blu-ray release isn't just for A- and B-list titles.
The small amount of extras and the lack of BD-Live features makes it difficult to recommend as a purchase, but if it can be found for an attractive price, there's nothing that keeps from being worth purchasing either.
If you're not sure about buying this title, put it on your Netflix list and check it out for yourself!
Don't just take our word for it, check out these resources for more reviews of the movie and of the disc.
A copy of this title was provided at no cost by the movie studio/distributor for the purpose of this review. No expectation of the results of this review were set as a condition of receiving the item.
Add Your Comments
No comments found. Be the first and let us know what you think!
Add Your Comments
|Commenting on Journal Articles is available only to our readers who have customized this site, which makes it easier for you to complete the form and for us to contact you with any questions or concerns about your comments.|
Please login or register a new account before continuing.
Log in to retrieve your saved settings.
Forget Your Passcode?Send My Passcode To Me
Not Registered? Create a New Account!
Our registered members enjoy more features, including:
- Save Your Location -- the site remembers your location, no having to re-enter it each time you visit
- Favorite Theaters List -- keep a handy list of the theaters you attend
- Favorite Movies List - movies you want to see, all in one place
- Write Movie Reviews -- share your opinions of the movies you see
- Block Ads with VIP Service -- view this site ad free (subscription req'd)
Basic accounts are free -- sign up today!
Concerned About Privacy?
Journal/Blog - The Marquee - Movie Links - News and Events - Now Showing - Reader Reviews
Customize - VIP Service
|The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2015, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.
'ACADEMY AWARDS®' and 'OSCAR®' are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.