Peter Hyams cinematography was absolutely stunning. I love his striking images using sharp light to outline specific shapes and allowing the rest of the image to fall in deep shadow.
This may be the closest aproximation I've seen on film to Caravaggio's masterpieces (Caleb Deschanel's work on Passion Of The Christ was also a great example of that).
Just awesome, I love bold cinematography that's not affraid to be dark. Hyams truely is one of the princes of darkness along with Gordon Willis, Darius Khondji, Vittorio Storaro, Jordan Cronenweth and Dariusz Wolski. All of whom are amoung my favorite master cinematographers to which I believe Hyams desirves to be counted within their estemed company.
Unfortunately most of Hyams great work is not represented faithfuly on DVD, the tranfers for many do not do his images justice because he has chosen to work within a very delicate palette of minimal light and deep blacks, contrasting sharp hard light against dark shadows and such. Plus most of his work is not treated with the utmost reverence, so it just ends up being slapped onto a DVD without really looking to making sure the integrety of the extremly sensitive nature of the image quality is preserved.
Peter Hyams is an underrated director and a criminaly overlooked director of photography.
He also provides some of the better DVD director commentary tracks, for those intersted in the filmmaking process.