Passenger 57

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Details At A Glance

Category Action Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1992 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 80:18 minutes Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 2,4 Director Kevin Hooks

Warner Home Video
Starring Wesley Snipes
Bruce Payne
Tom Sizemore
Case Snapper
RRP $29.95 Music Stanley Clarke

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision ? Smoking No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Annoying Product Placement Yes

Plot Synopsis

    Passenger 57 stars Wesley Snipes as John Cutter, a former FBI agent who is hired to become head of security at American International Airlines. Just before starting his job, he decides to take a holiday, flying American International. Unbeknownst to him, the psychopathic terrorist Charles Rane (Bruce Payne) is being escorted to Los Angeles on the same flight, where he is likely to face the death penalty.

    Predictably, Charles Rane escapes, and shoots people. Also predictably, John Cutter manages to evade detection, and works his way through the henchmen. This is largely movie-making by the numbers, but it rises slightly above the genre and remains entertaining for its very short 80 minutes, despite some excruciatingly bad dialogue at times.

Transfer Quality


    The video transfer of this movie is excellent.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    As a small aside, subtitles on this disc do not default to on, whereas they do on the Region 1 version of this disc.

    The transfer is very sharp and very clear, with only some small hints of grain in the image. Shadow detail was good. There was no low level noise.

    The colour tended to be marginally muted, but was even and consistent throughout.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some very rare and mild aliasing. Film artefacts remained at an acceptable level.


    There are three audio tracks on this DVD; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a French Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and an Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    The overall level of this disc was a little low, and increasing it by 3dB improved the overall effect nicely.

    Dialogue was a little muffled and somewhat hard to hear, but never to the point of having to strain excessively to hear the dialogue.

    There were no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The musical score was by Stanley Clarke. It was very stylish and aptly suited the movie.

     The surround channels were aggressively used by the soundtrack for special effects and for music. They were quite  enveloping during the action sequences.

   The .1 channel was heavily used to support the soundtrack and was well integrated into the overall mix.


    There are no extras whatsoever on this disc. The disc cover states that there are Production Notes on this disc. These are not present. Neither are Cast & Crew Biographies.

What's Missing / What's Extra

    We miss out on the following extras which are present on the Region 1 version of this disc;


    The main menu is plain and functional. It is 16x9 enhanced.


    Passenger 57, even though it is very formulaic, is nonetheless an entertaining movie.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is pretty good.

    The extras are non-existent.

Ratings (out of 5)

Extras nil

© Michael Demtschyna
15th July 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer