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Unique ID Code: 0000005449
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Added on: 4/6/2000 01:25
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Hard Rain (UK)

7 / 10
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Prepare for hard rain
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 93 mins
Retail Price: £17.99
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Torrential rains and floods force local sheriff (Randy Quaid) and town residents of Huntingburg to evacuate and abandon the town.

Tension mounts when an armoured car, sent to transport $3 million from local banks, breaks down and drivers, Tom (Christian Slater) and his Uncle Charlie (Ed Asner), find themselves stranded. Before they know it they are surrounded by a suspicious crew led by Jim (Morgan Freeman).

Without warning the crew opens fire. The chase is on, Tom wades his way through thigh-deep waters with the $3 million in tow, Jim is determined to find Tom and the money, the action is non-stop and so is the rain.

Special Features:
Interactive Menus
Scene Access

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Pan & Scan 1.33:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish

Subtitle Tracks:
CC: English

Directed By:
Mikael Salomon

Written By:

Michael A. Goorjian
Edward Asner
Minnie Driver
Randy Quaid
Christian Slater
Morgan Freeman

Casting By:
Randi Hiller
Risa Bramon Garcia

Soundtrack By:
Christopher Young

Director of Photography:
Peter Menzies Jr.

Paul Hirsch

Costume Designer:
Kathleen Detoro

Production Designer:
J. Michael Riva

Christian Slater
Art Levinson
Gary Levinsohn
Mark Gordon
Ian Bryce

Executive Producer:
Allison Lyon Segan

Polygram Filmed Entertainment

Your Opinions and Comments

7 / 10
With enough water to drown the Titanic (twice!), this is not a movie for the aquaphobics among us.
While the plot is a bit too familiar and the performances aren`t top notch, the movie still manages to keep you at the edge of your seat (at least as long as the water level doesn`t reach your living room).
The video transfer is very good. Most of the movie takes place at night and the level of detail in each and every scene is quite high. No compression signs can be spotted, nor can any grain be detected. There`s a LOT of rain in the movie (during about 95% of it, actually) and most of it seems real. The various CG in the movie (some rain and 2 scenes in the church, for example) is beautifully done and is pretty seamless with the other effects.
The soundtrack is an interesting issue. This movie is supposed to include a DD 5.1 soundtrack. However, my disk included 2 DD 2.0 (224 kbps) audio tracks (one in English and another one in Spanish), despite what`s written on the cover. It seems Universal had a small glitch and a couple of DVDs were given the wrong soundtrack. For that reason, I wasn`t charged for this disk.
Having said that, I`ve played the DD 2.0 soundtrack with a surround DSP effect on my receiver and got very nice results. The surrounds were used very nicely, but most of the action came from the 3 front speakers. The sub also got its share of action despite the soundtrack lacking the .1 channel.
The menus are all still and silent.
The disk did not offer any extras at all. What a shame.
Bottom line - a nice action thriller with a semi-problematic (and bare) disk. I think you`d find renting it enough. Still, quite enjoyable.
posted by Zvi Josef on 16/5/2002 02:08