Apr 252022

American Flyers debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars Kevin Coster, David Grant, Rae Dawn Chong and Alexandra Paul.



American Flyers
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Sports, Drama
Warner Archive | PG13 – 112 min. – $21.99 | April 12, 2022

Date Published: 04/25/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: John Badham
Writer(s): Steve Tesich (written by)
Cast: Kevin Costner, David Grant, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexandra Paul, Janice Rule

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

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 33.41 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.96 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



When Dr. Marcus Sommers (KEVIN COSTNER) realizes that he and his troubled, estranged brother David (DAVID GRANT) may be prone a fatal brain disease that runs in their family, he decides to make peace with his sibling, and invites him on a trip to the Rockies. There, the brothers bond over their shared enthusiasm for cycling and decide to enter a grueling bike race through the mountains. However, Marcus’ health soon begins to fail, and David must compete without his brother at his side.



Theatrical Trailer (1:32)


VIDEO – 4½/5, AUDIO – 4¼/5

American Flyers debuts on Blu-ray through the Warner Archive Collection and presented in the original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Per the press release I received, this picture was taken from a new master and as such this does look good in HD. Detail is fairly good for the close-up shots while the more distant ones are okay. The motion also looks fluid for the numerous bike racing sequences. Colors meanwhile are well balanced and there were no signs of aliasing, artifacting or other flaws making for a clean transfer.

The disc comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track which I found to be more than serviceable providing for clear dialogue along with the more action-centric elements involving the bike racing scenes. And there’s some decent enough depth with ambient noises along with the score.




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

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