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Mr. And Mrs. Smith (Widescreen)


Picture: B+     Sound: B     Extras: C+     Film: C



The beautiful thing about 2005’s Mr. And Mrs. Smith is the fact that if you’ve seen the trailer, than you have essentially seen the film.  It’s amazing how predictable and pretentious a film can be; yet at the same time thinks it’s clever, witty, and perhaps entertaining.  Yet, this film fails miserably despite the efforts of its two leads.  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have, of course, pulled off something amazing here…they have hidden identities both inside the film and off-screen, which of course led to their recent involvement romantically despite Pitt being married. 


A married couple should know just about everything about one another in order to be healthy, however, this marriage contains a huge secret, but they are both living the secret out.  Neither one realized the other’s ‘true identity’.  Therefore the stage is set for the next hour or so of the film as we see these two attempt to live separate lives, yet at the same time live intimately.  Think James Cameron’s 1994 hit True Lies, only with both parties involved.  However, True Lies was far better in just about all aspects from it’s execution, to the comic relief, and was charming overall.  Here, we are not treated to quite the same, but instead we are nearly bored to death by the same old song and dance. 


Presentation wise this DVD issue comes off fairly strong in both picture and sound categories.  The 2.35 X 1 anamorphic image demonstrates good color and depth.  The sound is also quite spectacular, especially the much preferred DTS 5.1 mix.  The sound in general for this film is playful and fun, even the soundtrack with some interesting choices for music, but the action scenes are where the real sound design shines through.  It’s amazing how much more interesting a film can be when the audio presentation is done well.  Most people think that only a full blown action film can demonstrate a home theater system, but that is a flat out lie.  In fact, I prefer films that contain a variety of good sound experiences ranging from traveling dialogue to various music cues, and of course non-stop action sequences, which this film combines all very well. 


Extras these days on DVD fail to impress me for the most part.  This is particularly true on films that disappoint in all aspects and the extras here are a fine example of such.  The extras included here are by the book with a commentary track by various people involved in the films creation, deleted scenes, and also behind the scenes material.  Most of this material will give your ‘skip’ button on your remote a good work out, but for those so inclined to find out more about this film, so be it.



-   Nate Goss


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