12/21/2014  
Dallas: The Complete Third And Final Season on DVD Jan 13Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season 2 on DVD Dec 16Lord Of Illusions (Collector's Edition) 2-Disc Blu-ray Director's Cut Dec 16Kelly & Cal on DVD Dec 30The Facts Of Life: The Complete Series on DVD Jan 13Keep on Keepin' On on DVD Jan 13Stonehearst Asylum on DVD & Blu-ray Dec 16

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Dallas: The Complete Third And Final Season on DVD Jan ...
Stephen Colbert sings with every celebrity you can thin...
The Colbert Report Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert!...
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season 2...
Lord Of Illusions (Collector's Edition) 2-Disc Blu-ray ...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
JACK REACHER...
LIZ & DICK...
CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SERIES...

CA Chuck Aliaga

THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
THE LADY (BLU-RAY)...
SWAMP THING (BLU-RAY)...
AROUSED...
THE SWEENEY (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

Take Part in a Film Restoration...
STORAGE WARS: SEASON ONE...
LOST KEATON...
BLACK NARCISSUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (BLU-...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...
BASEBALL'S GREATEST GAMES: 1986 WORLD SERIES GAME 6...

JS Jesse Shanks

KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...
NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN...
I Don't Know How She Does It on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 3...
The Liam Neeson Film Collection on DVD Nov 1...
Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Nov 12-14...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...
THE TROUBLE WITH TOLSTOY...
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS...
ANATOMY OF A MURDER...
BASIL DEARDEN'S LONDON UNDERGROUND (ECLIPSE SERIES 25)...

JC Joel Cunningham

WINGS OF DESIRE...
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS...
MONSOON WEDDING...
PIERROT LE FOU...
SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...
STEPFATHER II...

DH Dan Heaton

NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RR Rich Rosell

THE BUCKET LIST...
CRUDE IMPACT...
THE MAGIC OF FLIGHT (BLU-RAY)...
JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES (BLU-RAY)...
A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

New Line Home Cinema presents
Live Wire (1992)

Senator Traveres: What are you, some kind of Boy Scout?
Danny O’Neill: Yeah, about to earn another merit badge.

- Ron Silver, Pierce Brosnan

Review By: Kevin Clemons   
Published: September 04, 2003

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Ron Silver
Other Stars: Ben Cross, Lisa Eilbacher
Director: Christian Duguay

Manufacturer: WAMO
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for violence, language, nudity
Run Time: 01h:27m:32s
Release Date: May 06, 2003
UPC: 794043632228
Genre: action


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B C-B+B D+

DVD Review

Pierce Brosnan has been blessed with terrific roles outside of the wildly successful James Bond franchise, and there is a very good reason for that. Very few actors offer the sort of intensity and cool that Brosnan effortlessly brings to each of his roles. From his early days on television's Remington Steele to his turn as the charming foil for Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire, Brosnan has made each of the projects he involves himself with better in at least one way or another.

Take, for instance, the 1992 film Live Wire, a preposterous thriller that stars Brosnan as a bomb expert on the trail of a super secret explosive that is nearly impossible to track. The first appearance of the bomb occurred in Washington D. C. when a senator exploded in a crowded restaurant for apparently no reason. Enter FBI bomb expert Danny O'Neill (Brosnan), a seasoned investigator who has fallen upon hard times since the death of his daughter in a backyard swimming pool. He and his wife Terry (Eilbacher) are clearly becoming more estranged by the day, considering her affair with Senator Traveres (Silver). As O'Neill searches for clues, it becomes evident that though there are no signs of an explosive the senator's death has to have been the work of a bomb. Ultimately it is seen that the bomb is a form of liquid identical in appearance to water that reacts when it reaches the stomach, causing the victim to explode.

Though the plot is preposterous and leaves many holes open to discussion (if it is liquid, wouldn't people know that they were not drinking water?) there is something in the story that makes the film intriguing. Screenwriter Bart Baker devises some truly clever ways in which the bomb finds its way into the script, including a judge who explodes in her own courtroom, but overall the reasoning and motives of the lead villain are simply laughable. Somewhere along the way it is explained just why someone is trying to kill the senators, something to do with illegal arms trading and a supposed share of the money. It is always something, isn't it?

Director Christian Duguay (The Art of War and, um…Extreme Ops) provides a very slick look to the film, and the action sequences have a very kinetic feel to them. It is only in the latter half of the film that the action becomes unnecessarily strange, as Live Wire turns from respectable action to sheer lunacy and unwanted melodrama. From O'Neill’s wife to the race to catch the killer, Live Wire loses whatever it had going for it in the last act.

As I mentioned above, Brosnan is perhaps the best reason to see Live Wire, as his performance, while not exceptional, has the sort of energy needed for a film like this. In supporting roles, Silver and Eilbacher are laughably bad as the other sides of a cheesy love triangle.

Rating for Style: B
Rating for Substance: C-

 

Image Transfer

 OneTwo
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyesno
Anamorphicyesno


Image Transfer Review: Presented in not one but four different versions, those looking for every possible way to see Live Wire will no doubt jump for joy. First you have the widescreen unrated edition as well as a full frame counterpart. Next are the original R rated cuts in both widescreen and full frame transfers. I chose to review the unrated widescreen image and I was fairly pleased with the results. Sharpness and detail are each perfect with no softness to speak of while black levels are each done perfectly with no grain evident. I noticed no serious issues regarding edge enhancement of pixilation. Overall, this is a very good transfer.

Image Transfer Grade: B+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is a nicely designed mix that gets the job done. Dialogue is crisp, though there were several instances where I had to turn the center channel up to make it match the remaining channels. Surround use is limited to ambient sounds and explosions, while the .1 LFE track gets a decent workout.

Audio Transfer Grade: B

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 21 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Spanish with remote access
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
2-Sided disc(s)
Layers: RSDL

Extras Review: No extra features are offered, aside from the various versions of the film.

Extras Grade: D+

 

Final Comments

Live Wire does have some fans out there, and those who like the film will be happy with the recent release on DVD. I appreciate the film as pure fun and nothing more, and those looking into renting the disc should go into it with no expectations. I feel you may find yourself mildly entertained for an hour and a half.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

drama, television, stephen colbert, final show, kareem abdul-jabar, jj abrams, alan alda, christiane amanpour, many more, the colbert report, last show, santa, unicorn, abraham lincoln, alex trebek, documentary, horror, comedy channel, stephen t. colbert, colbert report, movie, the interview, united states, north korea, soney, hector monsegur, china, sony pictures entertainment, cyber attack, kim jong-un, seth rogen, james franco, the hobbit: the baattle of the five armies, peter jackson, j.r.r. tolkien marathon, comedy, barbara walters, 10 most fascinating people of 2014, amal clooney, taylor swift, george clooney, thriller, chris rock, top five, the late show, david letterman, movies, golden globes 2015, reality, romantic comedy, western, music, 57th grammy awards, iggy azalea, beck, pharrell williams, miranda lambert, sia, cooking, spectre, daniel craig, sam mendes, christoph waltz, lea seydoux, naomie harris, ben whishaw, ralph fiennes, celebrity, loni anderson, burt reynolds, pearl earrings, necklace, nude portrait, lady gaga, howard sten, south by southwest, millie brown, swine, mark geragos, kesha, lukasz sebastian gottwald

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

DVD Marketplace

Snappy Planet

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store