"The General's Daughter" is a highly enjoyable thriller, filled with cheesy performances and set in the Deep South. Much of the tension comes from the superior atmosphere that works beautifully on DVD.
Directed by Simon West, he carries over his penchant for orange lighting schemes from "Con Air". It's a nice effect and it looks good on disc, with his enthusiastic use of lens flares piercing through the muted canvas.
The 5.1 sound mix fills the rears with sinister Savannah Bayou effects that add considerably to the atmosphere of the movie. There's also an abundance of helicopters to swarm around your living room and a tasty explosion to rip the guts out of your subwoofer too.
As Paramount DVDs go, this is feature packed, with an 18-minute 'making of' documentary including interviews and behind the scenes footage. Also included are four deleted scenes with an 'alternative ending' to boot. The disc also comes with a very enthusiastic commentary from Simon West. It plays like a 'workshop' on the movie and he explores the differences between the book and the film, his use of yellow sodium lighting, and the composite shots used to stretch out the budget.
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, two trailers, four deleted scenes including alternative ending, director's commentary, behind the scenes featurette, multiple languages, subtitles, English for the hearing impaired.