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"Out of Sight" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Jack Foley (George Clooney) is a bank robber who is back in prison, likely for a very long time after being caught again.  When his partner in crime Buddy (Ving Rhames) comes to help him break out of jail one night, things don't go exactly to plan and they have to bring Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez), a federal marshal, along with them.  While stuck in a trunk together and Jack makes his escape from prison, he and Karen have a strange connection where despite the circumstances, they are each instantly attracted to the other.  After their escape, Jack and Buddy need to make their way to Detroit to meet up with another former convict, an investment banker who keeps a stash of diamonds in his house but another group of guys from the same prison is on their way to get the loot as well.  Karen sets off in search of them, but is conflicted inside between her job, and her feelings for Jack.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 1998, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 3 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec:  MPEG-4 AVC
  • 1080p
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez
  • Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Out of Sight is one of my all time favorite films and an original poster for it hangs in my AV room.  I've seen it countless times in theaters, at home, and finally on Blu-ray.  The film that really helped launch Steven Soderbergh's comeback, it is a completely enjoyable 2 hours every time I see it.  I'm not usually a fan of Jennifer Lopez, but here with Clooney the chemistry between them just oozes off the screen and helps to make the movie as fantastic as it is.  The cutting back and forth in time can be a little confusing at first, but it helps everything to come together as the film goes on.  It's really a film I can't recommend enough.

Technical

Figuring out how to rate the image quality for Out of Sight did cause me significant issues.  Set in three very distinct settings (jail, Miami, and Detroit), each of these has it's own color scheme and look that is distinct from the others, and that affects how the film looks.  When they are in jail, or in Detroit, the image looks very sharp and clean, with lots of detail in shirts and fabrics, good shadow depth, and a very natural film feeling.  The Miami scenes seem to have the contrast bumped up a few notches in comparison, which is the look that they are after when you listen to the commentary.  However, this causes a loss of some shadow detail and some texture detail, but since that's how the film was developed, I have to say that the transfer lives up to the intent of the filmmaker.

The soundtrack is pretty front heavy with some use of surrounds and not much use of the subwoofer, other than some gunfire and music.  This makes it not as enveloping as some modern films are, but dialog is nice and clear and the soundtrack comes through well.

Extras

Commentary from Soderbergh as screenwriter Scott Frank is enjoyable for fans of the film, Deleted Scenes, and a Featurette.