Nov 052021

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper is an exaggerated telling of the infamous skyjacking true story and stars Treat Williams in the titular role and Robert Duvall as the man in, well, pursuit.



The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper

Genre(s): Adventure, Crime
Kino Lorber| PG – 100 min. – $24.95 | October 26, 2021

Date Published: 11/05/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Writer(s): J.D. Reed (novel “The Fall”); Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay)
Cast: Robert Duvall, Treat Williams, Kathryn Harrold, Ed Flanders, Paul Gleason

Features: Commentary, TV Spots, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 35.83 GB
Total Bitrate: 43.75 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Kino Lorber provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


On Thanksgiving Eve, 1971, a modern-day outlaw named J.R. Meade (TREAT WILLIAMS) alias D.B. Cooper, parachuted out of an airliner somewhere over the Pacific Northwest timberland. He took with him $200,000 in stolen cash and the secret of his destination. Thousands of police, the FBI and the military couldn’t locate him. Only one man had the ability to track him down — Bill Gruen (ROBERT DUVALL), Meade’s former Green Beret instructor. Through the expansive mountain wilderness, down treacherous whitewater rapids, a fascinating clash of wits unfolds. Two men pitted against each other, equal in skill and daring, passionately in pursuit of different goods — each knowing only one can win.



This release comes with an Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Alan Fiskin and Film Historian/Filmmaker Danie Kremer as they break down the troubled production and Fiskin himself providing a bit of behind-the-scenes tid-bits. Also included are a few TV Spots and the Theatrical Trailer.


VIDEO – 4¼/5

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper debuts on Blu-ray where it’s presented in the original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. Presumably this was provided by Universal as there is no mention of this being restored in any way. Still, I found this to look pretty good all in all. Detail is decent enough though the film grain is a bit large in spots, however colors appear to be nicely balanced throughout and there were no major signs of dust marks or specs.

AUDIO – 4/5

The disc includes a standard but still effective DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track. This is a mostly dialogue-filled movie but there is some good depth for a few scenes, along with the score and kitschy main title theme.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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