The Terminal is a nice small yet big drama featuring yet another solid performance from Tom Hanks re-teaming with director Steven Spielberg. It is a bit long clocking in over two hours but it’s still an immersive film that has held up well over the 10 years since its release.
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
DreamWorks | PG13 – 128 min. – $22.98 | May 6, 2014
After arriving at New York’s JFK airport, Viktor Navorski (TOM HANKS) gets unwittingly caught in bureaucratic glitches that make it impossible for him to return to his home country or enter the United States. Now, caught up in the richly complex and amusing world inside the airport, Viktor makes friends, gets a job, finds romance and ultimately discovers America itself.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
Booking the Flight: The Script, the Story (8:06; SD) – Spielberg, and others like the screenwriter, explain the story and its origins. It’s a thin featurette but gives at least a little insight.
Waiting for the Flight: Building the Terminal (12:19; SD) looks at putting together the set inside a large sound stage.
Boarding: The People of The Terminal (31:48; SD) is about cast members Hanks, Zeta-Jones and the supporting players split into three parts.
Take Off: Making The Terminal (17:13; SD) is an all around ‘making-of’ featurette.
In Flight Service: The Music of The Terminal (5:53; SD) examines the score by John Williams.
Landing Airport Stories (5:41; SD) – Here we get the cast and crew’s own experiences in airports.
Also includes is a Photo Gallery and two Theatrical Trailers (2:31/1:24; HD).
VIDEO – 5.0/5
The Terminal lands on Blu-ray presented in its original 1.85 theatrical aspect ratio and a clean 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture on this catalogue title is nothing short of brilliant with excellent detail levels, no signs of artifacts, pixilation or compression issues and colors appear to be bright and well balanced. There’s some minor grain but it only adds to the sharpness and theatrical quality; it’s a truly impressive transfer.
AUDIO – 4.5/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio might be low key but it’s effective since the majority of the film is dialogue driven coming from the center speaker while the rear channels are mostly reserved for the score and ambient noises which are plentiful considering the airport sounds including planes and crowd noises.
OVERALL – 4.25/5
Overall, The Terminal is a nice small yet big drama featuring yet another solid performance from Tom Hanks re-teaming with director Steven Spielberg. It is a bit long clocking in over two hours but it’s still an immersive film that has held up well over the 10 years since its release. The Blu-ray offers up excellent video and audio transfers while the bonus material, while nothing extraordinary, are at least worth one viewing.