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In the Line of Fire [Special Edition] [DVD] [1993]

  • SKU: 4100957
  • Release Date: 06/04/2002
  • Rating: R
Originally released as a bare-bones DVD, In The Line Of Fire has been reissued as a special edition. For the most part, the supplemental materials really make this disc worth owning. Director Wolfgang Petersen supplies an audio commentary that offers plenty of fascinating information not only on making the film, but what it is like to be involved in such a high-profile project. In addition there are four featurettes. The main two, "The Ultimate Sacrifice" and "Behind the Scenes With the Secret Service," run about 20 minutes each and both look at the making of the film, as well as how the Secret Service works. Though the material is similiar, neither of these treads on the other. Never-before-seen footage of the Secret Service at work makes this even more fascinating. The other featurettes are far shorter, focusing on how the visual effects were produced and the actual process of detecting counterfeit currency. Regardless of length, they are still compelling. There are also five brief deleted scenes that vary in video and audio quality. In addition to some talent files for the main cast and director, there are three trailers, and a slew of television spots. While these extras are a wonderful bonus, it's the picture and sound that really make this a fine disc. The image, framed at 2.35:1, uses an anamorphic transfer that is as good as it gets. Colors are perfectly saturated and the darker scenes show no signs of breaking down. The sound is equally impressive. The main 5.1 Dolby Digital track is strong, with frequent use of the surrounds and clear reproduction upfront. As is often the case with discs from Columbia/TriStar, this DVD also contains a number of additional languages including French, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as subtitles in seven languages including English, Korean, Thai, and Spanish. Fine movies really deserve an exceptional DVD, and in the case of In The Line Of Fire, that goal has been achieved.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

    Special Features

    • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
    • Widescreen presentation
    • Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-channel (Dolby Surround), French, Spanish, Portuguese
    • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
    • Director's commentary
    • Deleted scenes
    • "The Ultimate Sacrifice: In the Line of Fire"
    • "Behind the Scenes With the Secret Service"
    • "How'd They Do That?" featurette
    • Catching the Counterfeiters
    • Theatrical trailers
    • T.V. spots
    • Talent files
    • Interactive menus
    • Production notes
    • Scene selections


    In the Line of Fire
    Clint Eastwood delivers one of his finest performances, as a secret service agent haunted by his past in Wolfgang Petersen's taut thriller In the Line of Fire. Eastwood plays Frank Horrigan, a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as an agent hand-picked by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a president to an assassin. Decades later, psychotic Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) is stalking another president (Jim Curley) running for re-election. He has spent long hours studying the psyche of Frank Horrigan, and he taunts Horrigan (feeling that there is a bond between them), telling him of his plans to kill the president. After his conversation with Leary, Horrigan makes sure he is assigned to presidential protection duty. Horrigan has no intention of failing his president this time around, and he is more than willing to take a bullet. But everything goes Leary's way -- he is smart and cagey and the president's aides refuse to alter the itinerary. As the election draws closer, Horrigan's chances to catch Leary look to be less and less a possibility, and he begins to doubt his own abilities -- both now and in the past, when Kennedy was murdered. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Clint Eastwood
      Clint Eastwood - Frank Horrigan
    • John Malkovich
      John Malkovich - Mitch Leary
    • Rene Russo
      Rene Russo - Lilly Raines
    • Dylan McDermott
      Dylan McDermott - Al D'Andrea
    • Gary Cole  [act]
      Gary Cole [act] - Bill Watts

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A good Eastwood movie, not one of his best.

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I enjoy most movies with Clint Eastwood, and this one was no exception. I thought he did a pretty good job. I felt John Malkovich stole the spotlight from the main character played by Eastwood. I found the old, near retirement, Secret Service Agent being thrust into this position not very believable. Plus the attraction between Eastwood and Russo seemed really odd to me and not at all believable. He is almost old enough to be her father. The intellectual and physical battles between Malkovich and Eastwood was entertaining and made for a good movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Crisp, crackling thriller


      Clint's followup to his masterpiece Unforgiven, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, is a sublime thriller. He plays Frank Horrigan, a Secret Service agent who is contacted by a disgruntled former government soldier (John Malkovich), who informs Horrigan of both the information he has gathered on him (which includes his failure to save JFK) and his plans to kill the current president. The race against time which follows is pulse-pounding and never lets up.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An enjoyable suspense film

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This movie was fun to watch as it keeps you wondering what will happen next. It's a good mix of suspense with a few funny moments thrown in. Audio and video quality is very good. It's a big difference compared to the DVD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent acting

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      An excellent balance with an icon like Clint Eastwood taking on John Malcovich. Malcovich's acting is dead on believable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Older Movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Saw the movie several times but wanted to own my own copy. Glad to have bought it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Eastwood flick!

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Great movie if you like Clint Eastwood movies. I would highly recommend!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Film

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Great Film , good drama great suspense one of Clint Eastwoods best,

      I would recommend this to a friend

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