12/18/2014  
Kelly & 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 16Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking - Season 1 on DVD Dec 30Elsa & Fred on Blu-ray & DVD Dec 30Last Weekend on DVD Dec 30

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Quandary for Sony in Terror Threats Over 'The Interview...
Kelly & Cal on DVD Dec 30...
'The Hobbit': Peter Jackson on the End of His Middle Ea...
The Facts Of Life: The Complete Series on DVD Jan 13...
Keep on Keepin' On on DVD Jan 13...

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...

RR Rich Rosell

POWDER BLUE (BLU-RAY)...
DOWN AND DIRTY WITH JIM NORTON...
WE FEED THE WORLD...
THE BUCKET LIST...
CRUDE IMPACT...

DD Dale Dobson

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

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

20th Century Fox presents
The Chase (1994) (1994)

Jack: So, seeing that we're gonna be traveling companions for a while, I thought we should get better acquainted. My name is Jack. And you are?
Natalie: You can't do this.
Jack: Do what?
Natalie: This! You ca— you can't just kidnap somebody and...and threaten to kill them and then expect them to be cute and nice.
Jack: Why not?

- Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson

Review By: Nate Meyers   
Published: September 15, 2005

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson
Other Stars: Harry Rollins, Josh Mostel, Wayne Grace, Rocky Carroll, Miles Dougal, Ray Wise, Marshall Bell, Claudia Christian, Natalija Nogulich, David Harrod, Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Cary Elwes
Director: Adam Rifkin

Manufacturer: dvcc
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, a scene of sensuality, some language
Run Time: 01h:28m:11s
Release Date: September 06, 2005
UPC: 024543190998
Genre: action comedy


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

DVD Review

When discussing Charlie Sheen's career, Platoon is what most people mention, but deep down in my heart I always want a buddy to pop in so we can fire up The Chase. This is one of those stupid movies that, even while watching it, I feel a mixture of shame and joy on account of my affection for it. Confined almost entirely to the interior of a red BMW, writer-director Adam Rifkin's action/comedy is loaded with energy and, surprisingly enough, some pointed jabs at the news media.

Jack Hammond (Sheen) is an escaped convict, stopping at a gas station for a Butterfinger and a fill-up. The cops enter the store and recognize his stolen car, causing Jack to panic and take a beautiful woman hostage. Kidnapping Natalie (Kristy Swanson—in the spirit of the movie, allow me to say "va-va-voom") with his trusty candy bar, Jack takes to the freeway with Natalie's Beemer. A squad of police cars are soon hot on Jack's tail, including a car featuring a Cops-style film crew that makes for many hilarious scenes (especially the director's pompous, artsy attitude). Before you know it, news helicopters are reporting their speculation on Jack's background as fact, cadavers are spilling out of medical supply trucks, and the police learn that Natalie is the daughter of California's "Donald Trump," Dalton Voss (Ray Wise).

Based on what you've read above, you can safely predict the general course of the movie. I don't hesitate to tell you that Natalie and Jack fall in love, that we learn Jack was wrongfully convicted and is not an especially violent guy, or that the two lovers (and I mean that literally—Rifkin somehow manages to make a sex scene in the car seem plausible) will escape to Mexico. The Chase is one of those movie's where the destination is not important, it's the ride that matters. The best moments come from the script's pointed attacks on reporters sensationalizing the news—creating a rather amusing scene when one network actually attempts an interview at 80mph—and the exchanges between Sheen and Swanson. Both play their roles well, not taking them too seriously but not verging into the realm of camp, either. Sheen's career is about as wild as a rollercoaster, but he feels comfortable as Jack. The polite criminal routine has been done to death in recent years, but Sheen's Jack works well for both the action and the comedy scenes.

Where the film suffers is in Rifkin's direction. The various sequences of heightened chase are too chaotic to be effective, with tight close-ups preventing the viewer from achieving any sense of geography. Nor is the camera used inventively, with about 90-percent of the shots being close-ups on the actors' faces. Hey, don't get me wrong, a close-up of Kristy Swanson with occasional cuts to reveal her cleavage is more than aesthetically pleasing, but the rest of the cast isn't quite as appealing to look at as she is. While the screenplay is razor-thin in story, it makes up for it with some pithy dialogue. The direction doesn't capitalize completely on the various action scenes, becoming bogged down by a sense of repetitiveness, but the 88-minute running time is short enough to alleviate any impending boredom.

So, if you are looking to impress someone, pick up a copy of Charlie Sheen's work in Wall Street. But if you are looking to kill 90minutes, The Chase will get you there.

Rating for Style: B-
Rating for Substance: C+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: The film's 1.85:1 OAR is preserved in this anamorphic widescreen transfer, though the overall picture is grainy. There's a strong filmlike look to the whole picture and skin tones are accurate, plus the red BMW looks positively sparkly. Print defects come and go sporadically, but it's nothing terribly distracting.

Image Transfer Grade: B-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0French, Spanishyes
Dolby Digital
4.0
Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: A Dolby Digital 4.0 mix is aided by the constant use of music on the film's soundtrack. Sound separation and directionality happen in some key action scenes, but the dynamic nature of the track is largely confined to the front sound stage. The rear-channel speakers are used almost exclusively for the movie's music. Dialogue is always audible and the sound is crisp. French and Spanish Dolby Stereo 2.0 mixes are also available.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-

 

Disc Extras

Static menu with music
Scene Access with 24 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Spanish with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
2-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: The only supplemental material is the original theatrical trailer. Shown in anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen, rest assured that the picture is cropped and that the proper OAR is 1.85:1.

Extras Grade: D-

 

Final Comments

Silly fun, The Chase is one of the best "dumb movies" of the past 15 years. The barebones DVD is nothing special, but it doesn't have to be.

 


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

movie, sony pictures entertainment, cyber attack, the interview, kim jong-un, seth rogen, james franco, drama, the hobbit: the baattle of the five armies, peter jackson, j.r.r. tolkien marathon, comedy, documentary, television, 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, world aids day, bono, bruce springsteen, chris martin, espn, monday night football, star wars 7, john boyega, stormtrooper, samuel l. jackson, billy dee williams, james earl jones, musical

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