Jump to content

Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

- - - - -

Official HTF HD-DVD Review: Born on the Fourth of July

  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Gary Murrell

Gary Murrell

    Supporting Actor

  • 675 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 20 2000

Posted July 02 2007 - 11:42 AM


Studio: Universal

Year: 2007

Film Length:

145 minutes

Aspect Ratio:
16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (2.35:1)
English Dolby Digital Plus 5.1
English, French

Release Date: 2007

Overview and Film Information

Born on the Fourth of July is yet another great war movie from director and writer Oliver Stone. Although I am a much bigger fan of the masterpiece that is Platoon, Born is a great film in it's own right. Born on the Fourth of July tells the somewhat sad story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran who was paralyzed after being wounded in the war. While I don't personally agree with Mr. Kovic's thoughts on the war (Stone and Kovic wrote the screenplay for this film), he deserves the ultimate respect of all and right for me to listen to what he has to say and to try and understand it, and that I did. Most of this film is dialog based and there is some fantastic acting from Cruise & Dafoe, among others. Overall this is a great Oscar winning film and if you are a fan of Vietnam subject matter then this movie is for you, otherwise I don't think the average everyday person would overly enjoy this.

Video Quality **** out of *****

The video quality is fabulous on this release, while others recently see Universal as slacking in quality, I do not agree in the least. One must consider the source material before making accusations such as this. Born is filmed to have a vintage sort of look for much of the film, late 60's early 70's to be exact. This is done via a slightly muddy contrast ratio, some soft focus here and there and extended whites that bloom or clip. The image is nice and soft yet sharp and detailed like only anamorphic scope can achieve. We are presented here with the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Blacks are wonderful, with a slight tinge of crushing here and there, nearly perfect though. Contrast ratio as mentioned before is altered by the filmmakers, however with the scenes in Vietnam (which look amazing) we see it at its best. Colors and flesh tones are perfect as well, check out the scenes were Ron first returns home and the parade, solid and vibrant colors throughout. Film grain is present although I would have expected a little more to be visible comparing this films vintage to others. Detail is very very good. Without a doubt a nice, solid image.

Audio Quality *** out of *****

Audio quality on this release is also excellent. Dialog is clear, sharp and precise albeit a few scenes here and there. Bass is excellent and tight. The war scenes and musical score are wonderfully delivered on this disc. Nice spaciousness and details throughout the film. This film is mostly dialog based and it gets the job done very very well. 

Extra Features and Menus **.5 out of *****

Extra features include a nice audio commentary from the Oscar winning director of this film, Oliver Stone and a documentary titled " Born on the Fourth of July - NBC News Backstory". Menus are the new Universal format which are well laid out, simple and easy to navigate.

Overall **** out of *****

If you are a fan of this film or have never seen it before and enjoy Vietnam subject matter, then by all means I suggest purchasing this release. We are provided with yet another solid release from Universal, who I feel recently has gotten a bad rap. They are really releasing some great product in my opinion and Born on the Fourth of July fits that bill perfectly.

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

Tim Glover

    Lead Actor

  • 7,813 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 12 1999
  • Real Name:Tim Glover

Posted July 02 2007 - 05:11 PM

Nice review Gary. I haven't seen this in a LONG time. Thanks for your review....got to check this one out. Posted Image

#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Cees Alons

Cees Alons

    Executive Producer

  • 19,022 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 31 1997
  • Real Name:Cees Alons

Posted July 02 2007 - 09:24 PM

Thanks, Gary. I'm not going to double-dip on this one - because I don't own the SDVD. This was always one of the films I hesitated about. I'm ambivalent about Stone and I'm not a particular fan of one of the main actors, if you know what I mean. But your description of the quality of the release decided it - I'm going to order this HD DVD. Too bad Platoon isn't released on HD (yet?? that would be a double-dip for me). Cees

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Gary Murrell

Gary Murrell

    Supporting Actor

  • 675 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 20 2000

Posted July 02 2007 - 10:11 PM

Thanks Cees

Cruise is good in this one for sure, I have always thought he was wonderful strictly as a actor and in every film I have seen of his, but I know what you mean Posted Image

Platoon was on all the blu-ray release lists at launch time, it will come from MGM via Fox and if I were a betting man I think we may see it before Christmas Posted Image


#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Cees Alons

Cees Alons

    Executive Producer

  • 19,022 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 31 1997
  • Real Name:Cees Alons

Posted July 03 2007 - 12:10 AM

(1) Hoping it will come true.
(2) Hoping I will have my combi-player by then.

I have to agree that I've never seen a bad performance by Tom Cruise in any movie. And, indeed, I meant what you knew what I meant. Posted Image


#6 of 8 OFFLINE   JonZ


    Lead Actor

  • 7,794 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 28 1998

Posted July 03 2007 - 12:29 AM

This disc looks beautiful. Youre right on about how this movie was filmed Gary. We had that bad EE disc for so long and I didnt even get a chance to watch the SD rerelease before grabbing this one. A favorite of mine, that finally has gotten the presentation it deserves. (And Im glad I wont have to rebuy it again - after owning it on VHS,LD and 2 DVDs)

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Jeff Adkins

Jeff Adkins


  • 1,765 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 18 1998
  • Real Name:Jeff Adkins

Posted July 03 2007 - 12:20 PM

Gary, Can you elaborate a little more on the audio? You say it is excellent but only give it 3/5. I have the DTS DVD and was wondering if you (or anyone) have compared it to the DTS version? This is a title I'd like to get but audio is every bit as important as video is to me.

#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Gary Murrell

Gary Murrell

    Supporting Actor

  • 675 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 20 2000

Posted July 03 2007 - 01:13 PM

Audio is very good when it needs to be, dialog is also good, I noticed a few instances of straining or "tinny" dialog, the score and effects are wonderful (during war scenes for example), I took it down from a 4 that I was going to give it first because of the few small problems this was a DTS DVD release, I forgot about that, I never owned it to compare though, sorry -Gary

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users