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NARROW MARGIN a Lost Peter Hyams film from 1987 did get a dvd release back in 2005 but has since been out of print well U.S Label Kino Lorber has reissued the film on blu-ray now with a new 4k scan of the film and Kino Lorber made the effort big time to clean up the 2:35:1 HD transfer picture quality the transfer does look amazing quality No Grain No Dirt very Good colour restoration about 9.5/10 PQ the sound mix is also very Good 5.1 master mix 6-7/10, also a 2.0 master stereo option aswell EXTRAS- no new extras i wasn't expecting any new extras anyway. but all the old extras from the old dvd version has been carried over audio commentary with Peter Hyams, on the set vintage featurette from 1987 with interviews of Peter Hyams, Gene Hackman Anne Archer 6mins, sound bites 10mins , B roll footage original Theatrical trailer, Stills Photo Gallery the only problem with this U.S blu-ray is it's region A locked all Kino Lorber blu-ray's are region A locked so you do need a multi region player for the Disc to work AUS players are region B so check your player before buying the blu-ray of amazon prime listing 5 stars i give this new blu-ray reissue based on excellent 4k scan and all the extras carried over
Narrow Margin is entertaining enough but there is nothing very special happening within its 90 minutes. The plot revolves around a woman who witnesses a murder on her blind date. The assassins don't know that she has seen them. She goes into hiding anyway and Gene Hackman the cop finds her, so she will testify. Only thing is that her would be assassins have followed Hackman and all hell ensues. It can't be lost on anyone that if Hackman had just left her to be, she would have never have been in danger and several lifes would have been saved. Still we would never have had a film.
Most of Narrow Margin takes place on a train, with Hackman and the woman and the assassins playing some type of cat and mouse game. Peter Hyams directs very well and certianly keeps the movie going in the right direction- at least you want to keep on viewing. Gene Hackman is a bit of a letdown here- he's supposed to be a cop but comes across like the train janitor. It all doesn't quite click. Best to check out the superior 1950s original.
Well chuffed to find writer director commentary on this DVD it doesn't mention it on the box & don't think the discription mentions it either. A film i remember from my vhs days & one I wanted on DVD & not a free from the newspaper version. Decent remake (of a film I knew 0 about) with hints of The Fugitive & films of that ilk.
A cracker of a grown-up thriller, it doesn't matter that the look is, perhaps, dated. The two leads are great, the baddies are menacing and the plot, even with its occasional inconsistencies, proceeds at a brisk pace. The film makes the most of Hackman and Archer being unable to actually escape the train, creating a real sense of claustrophobia. Great shots of the Canadian wilderness, as a bonus!
Slick version of an older, brilliant B movie. Pleasing wide screen photography and excellent work from the two leads, Gene Hackman and Anne Archer. But the new script, filleted from the old, has banal and ridiculous passages full of cliche which sorely tests the patience of the viewer. The sequence with the two leads climbing along the roof of a speeding train? Yes, it's here folks. And the joke about the villain who is too tall for the tunnel.
A top notch thriller from 1990, based on a 1952 RKO Radio Picture of the same name. A perilous train ride through the Canadian Rockies for a detective and his witness as they are pursued by the bad guys. Directed by Peter Hyams, who specialises in colourful remakes of classic noirs, revels in the scenery and constant movement.
There's good chemistry between stars Gene Hackman and Anne Archer and there's excellent acting support from the baddies. I don't know exactly how old Hackman was in 1990, but it seemed to me to be very game of him to be doing most of his own stunts in this pre-cgi, mostly done on location film.
One shocking omission: the lack of any sub-titling on this DVD.
Since I adore Gene Hackman (I have never seen him hand in a performance that was less than BRILLIANT) it is easy to give the whole film a rave review. But the film stands on its own merits !! MARVELLOUS CAST- EXCELLENT DIRECTION. After the first few minutes, it gallops along at breakneck speed, with just time enough for the suspense to build up beautifully. Just wish I could go back in time and watch it for the first time !! If you enjoy a proper, INTELLIGENT THRILLER with all the bells and whistles, THAN YOU CANNOT DO BETTER THEN THIS !!!! Submitted with great pleasure, by Michelle Williams - a FILM BUFF !
A great movie with a great leading actor and a very good supporting cast. the ' extras ' on how the fight scenes were filmed on top of the rail cars during the trains mountain travel was very interesting. Some times there is nothing 'fake' and that look behind the scenes made certain of that. Suspence and action in the footsteps of 'Hitchcock ', I am sure he would have approved.