Another top action classic makes its way to 4K Ultra HD. So, should you feel the need for Speed, or let it pass you by?
The story: There’s a bomber on the loose, and after a thing with an elevator he’s now rigged a bus to explode if it doesn’t maintain a speed of 50 miles per hour or above. Luckily, LAPD cop Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves) is on the case, hopping onto the bus and hopefully helping all of its passengers – including plucky Annie (Sandra Bullock) – to survive. But this bomber is one determined dude…
“Pop quiz, hotshot. There’s a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?”
The 4K disc: A classic action flick deserves a classic transfer, and the native 4K one afforded to Speed is definitely worthy. Bolstered by HDR enhancement, the palette ranges from the dark of the lift shaft to the bright of the Los Angeles sun with aplomb, and when things get explosive the advantages of HDR couldn’t be clearer. The picture is generally appealingly detailed, with grain present throughout but not in an intrusive way, in fact it looks wonderfully movie-like.
While a Dolby Atmos extravaganza would have been cool, we receive a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that is certainly no slouch. Bass boom is great when called upon, while dialogue remains clear, and the surround channels provide good atmosphere with the occasional brilliant outbreak of directional effects – a plane taking off from left to right at one juncture is a great example of this.
Speed is a single 4K disc release, however there are some bonus features by way of two audio commentary tracks. The first is from director Jan de Bont, while the second features writer Graham Yost and producer Mark Gordon.
Release date: June 16, 2021
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper
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