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Enemy Of The State (Blu-ray)

 

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

 

 

If you want to see the turn Will Smith took to become the #1 box office male star for the moment, this critic would say that happened with one of Tony Scottís best films, Enemy Of The State.I had previous reviewed this fun thriller in its upgraded DFVD edition as this link shows:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/3743/Enemy+Of+The+State+-+Unratred+Extended+Edition

 

 

Now, Disney has wisely made it one of their early Blu-ray releases and though I was not happy with the technical aspects of that reissue, this new High Definition version is more impressive.Since I already said what I had to say about the content of the film in the last review, letís look at how good a performer this Blu-ray really is.

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image here is much better than the problematic standard DVD anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 version on the standard DVD.Video Black is correct and the depth and color are far more accurate.What happened with that DVD?

 

Though colors can be muted and we get the blue-chrome typical of so many recent thrillers, especially those shot in Super 35mm film, it is consistent and you get a solid look that will impress for a new film.That makes it one of the best early Blu-ray picture demos easily.

 

Many were very unhappy when a rumored DTS 5.1 mix for the DVD was abandoned, but besides a passable Dolby Digital 5.1 mix similar to the standard DVD, this disc offers a terrific PCM 5.1 24-bit/48 kHz mix that is so much better than the Dolby and much more like the theatrical DTS from its original release.Dialogue that suffered in the Dolby mix has been totally clarified and sound effects and sound design is top notch.The music by Trevor Rabin (of Yes) and Harry-Gregson Williams is not bad, sounding much better here as well.Extras are the same as that new DVD as expected, except presented in HD as well, so this is now the definitive version of Enemy Of The State and it is a winner.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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