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In the Line of Fire DVD (1993)

Clint Eastwood got his career back on track with "In the Line of Fire", where he started playing his age. The film itself, though, has never looked any younger, thanks to the rejuvenation process that Columbia TriStar has put this film through for DVD.

TECHNICAL FEATURES

Picture Fresh and clear, every crag on Eastwood's face is there to admire in sharp detail.

Sound Ennio Morricone's music score gains some superb bass support from a 5.1 mix that surrounds you right into the crowds of the suspenseful rally scenes.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Audio Commentary Director Wolfgang Petersen sits in for an interesting commentary. He points out that the CGI effects were rare for their time. They involved inserting the actors into real footage of presidential rallies. At the time there was a whole slew of presidential films being made and Petersen points out some footage which was rented from the production of "Dave" to keep costs down.

The Ultimate Sacrifice Documentary This in-depth look at the making of the movie focuses on its creation rather than the stars in it. Scriptwriter Jeff Maguire reveals his original intentions with the film, while technical advisor, Bob Snow, the retired Assistant Director of the US Secret Service, discusses how he brought reality to the actions of the field agents in the movie.

Catching the Counterfeiters Featurette The plot of the movie involves counterfeit money, so here we find out what the US Secret Service is really doing about counterfeit bills in the US. It's a shame to say it, but their methods, like recently introducing watermarks and security strips, seem a bit old hat.

How'd They Do That Featurette Here you can see how Clinton rally footage was turned into "In the Line of Fire" by sticking Clint in and erasing all the 'Vote for Clinton' banners.

Deleted Scenes Five scenes including a nice one about a hat joke with John Mahoney of Frasier fame.

Behind the Scenes With the Secret Service Featurette This was the first movie to have the co-operation of the US Secret Service and Bob Snow is on hand to dispel those myths about the organisation. There's also footage of real agents in training - from stunt driving to hand to hand combat.

Additional Extra Features Cast and crew biographies and filmographies, plus trailers and TV spots.

Region: 2
Chapters: 28
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, and multiple languages and subtitles.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Writer: Jeff Maguire

Stars: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, John Mahoney, Gary Cole

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Length: 128 minutes

Cinema: November 1993

DVD: 18 February 2002

Country: USA