Witness

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Once in a while, a movie comes along that changes the face of film. While some may argue that Witness may be that film, I agree. Nevermind the fact that I have studied this film in film class. From everything from the “snakelike motion of the semi trucks” to the “barn raising scene”, but I liked the movie before.

Harrison Ford plays John Book, a cop who is in charge of finding out how another cop got murdered. It seems that a young boy (Lucas Haas) was in the bathroom and witnessed a murder. The people who he has to identify, though, are also cops.

The boy does identify the killer(s), but not in the lineup. He notices a picture of him (Danny Glover) in the police station. Once Book realizes that it’s an “internal job”, they make their way to the Amish country, where they can gather their wits and formulate a plan of action.

It is here that the movie truly takes off. While the cinematography is absolutely beautiful, so is the turn in the storyline. Book tries to fit in in the isolated Amish country and nearly suceeds, for the exception of Daniel (the late Alexander Goudounov) who doubts his motives.

There is a loss of innocence for Samuel’s mother, Rachel (Kelly McGillis) when she has an “affair” with Book…Needless to say, the “bad guys” find John and the family and they have it out in Amish country.

This is truly a great movie and a must see.

Video: How does it look?

It seems that Paramount is back to doing 16:9 enhancement again. This disc is spendid. It’s widescreen only, 16:9 enhanced and dual-layered on top of that. This not being too long of a movie (112 minutes), the picture quality is absolutely astounding. One of the best I have ever seen. Even for a movie almost 15 years old. It looks like it was made yesterday.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby Digital remaster was done for 5.1 sound. It works with this movie, too. There is good, no, great seperation between channels and LFE (Bass) effects are used sparingly, but wisely. Again, this is not a “shoot ’em up” thriller, but rather a well, thought out drama that delivers…especially on sound.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In addition to the 16:9 enhancement, Paramount is doing some extra stuff as well. Included is an interview with Peter Weir that is very interesting (although a full-length commentary would be more interesting) and a trailer is also included.

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