Jun 202023

The Package is a 1989 suspense-thriller directed by Andrew Davis and stars Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones and Joanna Cassidy and arrives on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber on June 13th



The Package

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Action
Kino Lorber| R – 108 min. – $24.95 | June 13, 2023

Date Published: 06/20/2023 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Andrew Davis
Writer(s): John Bishop (written by)
Cast: Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy, Tommy Lee Jones, John Heard, Dennis Franz

Features: Commentary, Interview, Intro
Slip Cover: Yes
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
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.


Sergeant Johnny Gallagher (GENE HACKMAN) thinks he’s been given a routine assignment: to escort a rebellious American soldier (TOMMY LEE JONES) from Europe to the U.S. for a military court martial. Gallagher soon learns, however, that the assignment is anything but routine, when he uncovers a terrifying military conspiracy. The clock is ticking down to a historic superpower summit, and Gallagher must stop the deadly plot before it’s too late…for him and his country.



This release does come with a matted slip cover. Features aren’t exactly plentiful but there is an Audio Commentary with Director Andrew Davis and Actress Joanna Cassidy; an Interview with Cassidy; an optional Intro by Davis and lastly Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots.



VIDEO – 4/5

Kino Lorber releases The Package onto Blu-ray and is presented in the original theatrical 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Considering there’s no mention of any restoration work, the transfer was likely given by MGM as is. Even so, the picture here, while not amazing, is above average and pretty much on par with movies released in the 1980s. Colors are well balanced and not overly amplified and outside of a few specs, fairly clean with the natural grain still intact.

AUDIO – 4½/5

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is more than adequate for a movie that features more thrills than action. Dialogue comes across with good clarity and there is fine depth for those action scenes while James Newton Howard’s score has a nice smoothness to it, albeit does also have the hallmarks of a 1980s score.


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