What works best in Witness is the very thing that might turn most guys off to the flick; the romance between Book and the lovely Amish widow Rachel Lapp is hinted at, paid attention to, and brought to life with warmth and subtlety ... plus the movie "pays off" the romance angle with a refreshing lack of predictability, which is always nice.
One of the more entertaining side-games while watching this romantic drama from 1984: spot that face! Here you'll see Danny Glover playing against type as a ruthlessly crooked cop, Viggo Mortensen as a bright-eyed Amish youth, and Alexander Gudonov as the "more appropriate" suitor for Rachel's affections.
And of course there are the fantastic performances from a very young Lukas Haas, Kelly McGillis at her most beguiling, Josef Sommer as a scene-stealing papa, and, of course, Harrison Ford. Stepping (briefly) away from the Indiana Jones / Han Solo mold, Ford is clearly savoring the fact that he's being asked to play a mere mortal, and the actor proved a lot of people wrong with his performance in Witness. His transformation from action hero to leading man was cemented once Witness hit the screens, and it still represents some of the actor's best work.
(Also, a solid round applause is due for the beautiful and somewhat haunting score by Maurice Jarre. It's strikingly good.)
You'll also find one (rather lengthy) deleted scene (which was actually spliced back in when Witness played on network television), a trio of old-school TV spots, the original theatrical trailer, and a handful of previews for Airplane: The "Don't Call Me Shirley" Edition, Tommy Boy: The "Holy Schnikes" Edition, The John Wayne Collection, and MacGyver: The Complete First Season.