Speed (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Jan de Bont Starring: Sandra Bullock Keanu Reeves

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A Movie With A Gripping Plot

by Prem Gupta on 4/27/2008

This indeed is one of the best movies, having an exceedingly interesting storyline, a good plot and breath-taking spells. The cast ofcourse is good and they have performed quite well. I have enjoyed watching this movie first in a cinema hall in UK and then bought VHS cassette followed by DVD for my library. Now with the availability of HD Version on Blu-ray, I find it worthwhile to also own the Blu-ray.

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Hold on tight for a rush of pulse-pounding thrills, breathtaking stunts and unexpected romance in a film you'll want to see again and again. Keanu Reeves stars as Jack Traven, an L.A.P.D. SWAT team specialist who is sent to diffuse a bomb that a revenge-driven extortionist (Dennis Hopper) has planted on a bus. But until he does, Jack and passenger Sandra Bullock must keep the bus speeding through the streets of Los Angeles at more than 50 miles per hour - or the bomb will explode. A high-octane chase of suspense, non-stop action and surprise twists, Speed is a joyride sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. System Requirements:Running Time 116 Mins.Format: BLU-RAY DISC


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203030204
UPC 024543396055
UPC 14 00024543396055
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/15/2015
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note SPEED: A mad bomber (Dennis Hopper) is out for revenge against LAPD rookie cop Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), who, with the help of his partner, Harry Temple (Jeff Daniels), foils the criminals' plot to extort money from the city by holding hostage an elevator full of people. He plants a bomb on a bus, set to arm itself when the vehicle hits 50 mph, and detonate if it drops below that speed. The hero, with the help of a beautiful passenger named Annie (Sandra Bullock), must defuse the explosive device before the bus runs out of gas. This fast-paced thriller received two Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing, as well as a nomination for Best Film Editing.
Plot Summary
Summary Jack Traven is a risk-taking SWAT Team officer, pitted against a mad-bomber, Howard Payne. Howard has a pattern of coming up with ingenious, deadly schemes: for example, he rigs an L.A. bus so that, after it reaches a speed of 50 mph, it will explode if it slows to below that rate.
Premiere "...[De Bont] delivers a wild ride that's worth the fare..." - Recommended 11/01/1994 p.119
Rolling Stone "...A crackling blend of suspense and fun that gives you the rush of a runaway roller coaster..." 06/30/1994 p.79-80
New York Times "...Delivers wall-to-wall action....[Reeves has] become an actor of real charisma....Hopper finds new ways to convey crazy menace..." 06/10/1994 p.C12
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] dazzling action thriller....Even Hitchcock, I think, would have approved..." -- Rating: A 06/17/1994 pp.32-4
USA Today "...It's one of those won't quit action pics that make Hollywood the frequent envy of world cinema..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 06/10/1994 p.1D
Los Angeles Times "...Invigorating....De Bont and his team have turned in a visually sophisticated piece of mayhem that makes the implausible plausible and keeps the thrills coming..." 06/10/1994 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...It's a smart, inventive thriller....A great entertainment..." 06/10/1994 p.41
Wall Street Journal "SPEED has become a classic action thriller, and rightly so. It was made in the predigital days when special effects looked real because most of them were real..." 06/12/2009
Jan de Bont
Sandra Bullock
Keanu Reeves
Cast & Crew
Andrzej Bartkowiak - Cinematographer
Dennis Hopper - Actor
Graham Yost - Writer
Ian Bryce - Executive Producer
Jackson De Govia - Production Designer
Jan de Bont - Director
Jeff Daniels - Actor
John R. Jensen - Art Director
John Wright - Editor
Keanu Reeves - Actor
Mark Gordon - Producer
Mark Mancina - Original Music By
Sandra Bullock - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 2239605
UPC 00024543396055
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 116 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Winner (1995) British Academy Awards, John Wright, Best Editing,British Academy Awards, Bob Beemer, et. al., Best Sound,MTV Award, Speed, Best Action Sequence,MTV Award, Sandra Bullock, Best Female Performance,MTV Award, Sandra Bullock, Most Desirable Female,MTV Award, Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Best On-Screen Duo,MTV Award, Dennis Hopper, Best Villain,Oscar, Stephen Hunter Flick, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,Oscar, Gregg Landaker, et. al., Best Sound
Nominee (1995) Oscar, John Wright, Best Film Editing
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review One of the '90s' best popcorn flicks, Jan de Bont's bomb-on-a-bus thrill ride still holds up almost a decade later, with enough tense, fiery mayhem to please even the most jaded action fan...Of course, back when it first came out, everyone thought Speed was doomed to fail -- c'mon, Ted as an action star? (Nope, Point Break doesn't count, and Keanu Reeves wouldn't be dodging slow-mo bullets and fulfilling prophesies in The Matrix for another five years.) But as it turns out, with a crew cut and some buffed-up biceps, the erstwhile Circle-K slacker proved quite convincing as gung-ho LAPD bomb-squadder Jack Traven. Reeves effortlessly "whoa"s his way through Speed's elevator crashes, bus jumps, and subway fights in a role that, for once, makes the most of his rather blunt style of acting...This is summer cinema at its apex -- pretty people getting out of jam after jam in the nick of time and still having the presence of mind to make a joke about it.
Reviewer Betsy Bozdech
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Good action movies are rare. Great action movies come along once every few years. Speed deserves a place in the latter category, being the most breath-stoppingly thrilling motion picture to open since the original Die Hard. This is a film that cries out for audience participation, whether it be the silent majority's digging of fingers into armrests or the vocal minority's cheers and catcalls...With a single exception (that of the bus "flying" through the air), the stunts and special effects are flawlessly incorporated. And there are a lot of them. A whole lot...I never thought I'd be saying this, but Keanu Reeves does an excellent job. The actor has the perfect demeanor for Jack Traven, the cocky cop who tries hard not to get emotionally involved - and inevitably fails...This movie is a winner, and the closest you can get to an amusement park ride in a theater. Perhaps the same warning that's used for roller coasters should be applied here. You know, the one about high blood pressure and heart problems.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Pan and Scan (TV Format), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Reeves,Keanu
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Incredibly kinetic, supercharged action...If you're going to make a nonstop action movie, this is the way to do it...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a crackling blend of suspense and fun...
Pia Lindstrom, WNBC-TV Hang on for a wild and crazy ride.
Richard Schickel, Time ...the film's sheer cut-to-the-chase straightfowardness is part of its appeal...[with] a terrific villain [in Hopper]...
Siskel & Ebert Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

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