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Blu-Ray Review: “Air Force One”

(Sony. 1997/2009. 1 Disc. Color. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Rated R for violence. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen.) Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson, Liesel Matthews, Paul Guilfoyle, Xander Berkeley, William H. Macy, Dean Stockwell, Jurgen Prochnow. Music by Jerry Goldsmith.

Ford delivers the goods as the rock’em-sock’em President who swings into action when Air Force One is hijacked by Oldman and his Russian nationalists. I hate to say it, as my love for Harrison is eternal, but this was his last great movie. Most presidents in action movies are the ones needing to be saved; not this one. Don’t forget Close as the Vice-President and power-grabby Stockwell as the Secretary of Defense. Close was Ford’s idea; he met her at a dinner party for President Clinton after she had already turned down the script on her agent’s advice (he thought the part was too small). Reportedly both Ford and Clinton convinced Close to take the role; and happily, no bunnies were boiled in the making of this movie. Blu-ray presentation is excellent, although the CGI is a bit more obvious in hi-def. The late, lamented Goldsmith’s rousing score and heroic theme help build excitement. Ford and Oldman are good adversaries; someone should put those two together again. No extras except for the director’s commentary. Mr. President, a grateful nation thanks you.

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