Sneakers [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1992]

Phil Alden Robinson's Sneakers finally gets the treatment it deserves on this Collector's Edition release, five years after its first appearance on DVD and 11 years after its original release. The disc comes loaded with so much material that it represents almost a technological jump over the old release -- except that this technology was there, just not used. Among the bonus features, the most enjoyable is the 40-minute featurette "The Making of Sneakers," which reveals the movie's origins a decade before its release, during the making of WarGames. Robinson, Lawrence Lasker, and Walter F. Parkes tell of the ten years it took (while working on other movies) to get the film written and then produced, while moving from one studio to another (Paramount lost it, Universal ultimately got it). In the course of getting it made, they all got to be older than the oldest character in the script -- an irony that wasn't lost on them. There are also interviews with various experts in such fields as number theory and telephone hacking (the legendary John Draper (aka "Captain Crunch") who was partly the basis for the Dan Aykroyd character), and cast members Robert Redford, Mary McDonnell, and David Strathairn -- we find out that Carl, the youngest of the hackers, was the character with which the filmmakers most identified. There's a certain sadness in seeing River Phoenix in his interview sequences, but the making-of film is still an unabashed delight. The audio commentary by Robinson, Lasker, and Parkes offers its own enjoyment, although it will be of slightly more interest to professionals -- filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, actors, critics, etc. -- than to the casual viewer. In the first two minutes, we learn that there was a major change made in the plot because the original story had the Redford and Ben Kingsley characters accidentally killing a man, which they realized would make Redford's character irredeemable in the eyes of filmgoers. Instead, they changed his indiscretion to hacking into Richard Nixon's personal bank account and transferring funds to the Black Panthers and other leftist organizations of the late '60s, and that change linked the movie's opening to its finish. The discussion is filled with little bits of information like that, all presented in a lighthearted tone; unlike some writers and directors discussing their work, these guys never fool themselves into thinking they were writing, or even pondering, Hamlet. As for the film-to-video transfer, the newer disc's image does seem to offer a lot more picture information -- and a generally brighter picture -- than the original DVD release; both are letterboxed in the non-anamorphic ratio of 1.85:1. There is also a trailer. The only thing missing from this new edition is some acknowledgement of James Horner's excellent score. The producers have used the same 16-chapter breakdown that was utilized for the 1998 edition.
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97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (83 out of 86)

Special Features


  • Feature commentary with writer/director Phil Alden Robinson
  • "The making of Sneakers" featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Sneakers
In this tech-thriller from director Phil Alden Robinson, a group of five renegade computer hackers, led by Martin Bishop (Robert Redford), are hired by the government to steal a black box, containing a code-breaking machine, from the mathematician who invented the device. The government is able to persuade Martin to take the job by convincing him that they will drop a decades-old federal warrant for his involvement in computer fraud. Martin agrees and he takes his team on the mission, eventually taking the box. Shortly after the hackers have stolen the device, the mathematician turns up dead. Before long, the quintet realize that they've gotten themselves into more than they'd originally bargained for, as Bishop's old rival Cosmo (Ben Kingsley) enters into the fold. The eclectic ensemble also includes River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, and James Earl Jones. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert Redford
    Robert Redford - Martin Bishop
  • Sidney Poitier
    Sidney Poitier - Donald Crease
  • Ben Kingsley
    Ben Kingsley - Cosmo
  • Dan Aykroyd
    Dan Aykroyd - Mother
  • Mary McDonnell
    Mary McDonnell - Liz



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Look Back at Early Tech

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    FoS01
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    Sneakers is one of my movie-seeing pleasures. It was a suspense thriller with comedy sprinkled in that had fun at the same time. Although there was some violence, it was adventurous and you enjoyed going through the characters' journey. Robert Redford's Martin Bishop leads a rag-tag team of misfits all with mysterious pasts doing security jobs for clients. Bishop has a dark past as well and his latest job (involving shady characters, supposed crooked governments, assassins, etc.) threatens to expose him. After a long wait, it's finally on Blu-ray. If you have/had the DVD, the extras are the same. The A/V quality is passable and serviceable, but in no way demo material. But one should not expect it to be for a 1992 movie. The quality is slightly higher than its DVD so that's enough to warrant a recommendation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    "Sneakers" is a movie, it's not just shoes

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    Hobosapien
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    I find "Sneakers" a perfectly satisfying experience, both as a movie and as something you put your foot in. In this case, I'm referring to the movie. In some ways, the story is a little by-the-numbers, but somehow it manages to whip out a few surprises. The transfer on this blu-ray is decent and the special features are acceptable for this price. Other "sneakers" are essential for walking outside and some are better than others, but unlike this blu-ray, the sneakers you wear on your feet don't have a lossless DTS audio track that sounds pretty good for a decades-old property. Unless there's been a new development in footwear lately that I'm unaware of.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice ensemble cast and holds up for today!

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    DjChadlyZ
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    I saw this at the theater when it first came out. Liked it a lot then and really resonates with what has been going on in the world today. I'm not even sure I really knew much or heard about the NSA back then. But as you know that is now a common knowledge item now. Just a fun movie with many likeable albeit odd personalities. It has some suspense, comedy and is overall an extremely good watchable movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie great cast

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    mw390
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    Really good thriller with a great cast. Robert Redford leads a sort of Mission Impossible team with the usual assortment of guys each with a unique skill and 1 gal (Mary McDonnell) looking to steal a piece of high tech equipment. My favorite character is a sort of out of character Dan Aykroyd. Not his usual character like in Ghostbusters or Blus Brothers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sneakers - dated technology but still fun

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    LightTrinity
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    So some of the computer technology is dated, but the wonderful actors and interesting plot of this often neglected 90s action (suspense thriller) movie, make it still enjoyable to watch. The team dynamics in this movie provide great chemistry amongst all the actors. The Blu Ray is an improvement over the DVD, and I'm glad to add it to my collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent

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    nicolle828
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    This movie has great actors who are great in their roles, but this story is BORING!! I am a huge movie buff and like movies from every genre and time period, but "Sneakers" feel dated in a negative way. Not worth purchasing....I don't regret buying it, but wish I hadn't purchased it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Spy Flick!!

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    muffie1985
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    This is one of my favorite Spy movies of all time!! Such a great cast and a movie that is beautifully shot in San Francisco!! This movie will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat the whole way through! Universal did a great job on the HD transfer too! Don't miss out!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie, very good condition!

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    SnowflakeGirl
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    My sister and I had been looking to get my Mom the movie "Sneakers" as a gift since 2015. But this year, we finally found it on the internet at Best Buy! It arrived in good time and it played well without any glitches or problems. Our Mom likes it a lot!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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