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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part III

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"Man on Fire" (Blu-ray)

movie-man-on-fire-bd.jpgSynopsis

What do you do when you discover everything you believe is a lie and your freedom an illusion? Entering forbidden territory, Takeru has uncovered Eden's most closely guarded secret -- and finds himself being hunted by the Guidance Council. Shattered and disillusioned, Takeru recklessly attempts to escape to the only place he can discover the truth -- and secure his freedom.

 

Specifications

  • Twentieth Century Fox
    2004, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 26 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-Master HD 5.1
  • Spanish/French DD 5.1
  • Directed by Tony Scott
  • Starring Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony, Mickey Rourke
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras: 0.5
  • Violence: Strong
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Strong

Commentary

Easily one of my favorite films by Tony Scott,  Man on Fire is an intense ride that is tightly directed and delivers in every regard. Washington is in top form in a role that is quite a departure from his normal “good guy” role and shows a darker side of the actor. Despite the long running time this film’s intensity makes for a captivating ride that is both brutal and touching. I can’t recommend it more.

Technical

This was one of my favorite transfers on the short lived D-Theater format and Fox has exceeded even that presentation with this one. This is a gorgeous HD transfer. The new AVC encode is top notch in every regard. Fine object detail is breathtaking at times and close ups deliver the kind of detail we normally see from a film shot digitally. Fine film grain is also preserved perfectly lending to a picture that has a film quality without a hint of softness. This is a very stylized image with intense contrast and colors that are slightly exaggerated but it works wonders for the look and feel of the film. Depth of image is on par with the best transfers I’ve seen to date and the dimension of everything on screen gives you that feeling of looking through a window. A tremendous visual presentation.

This was one of the most intense D-Theater soundtracks I had and this new lossless DTS-HD Master Audio mix takes it up a notch. The soundstage is very rich in detail and depth with imaging that gets lost in the room. You really get the sense of being in the soundstage instead of just listening to it. Dynamics are superb, especially in the gun fights, with no sign of compression at all. The bass response of this soundtrack can be quite intense at times, especially from the musical selections. The clarity of some of the music rivals high quality CD reproductions and provides a glimpse of just how good music could sound if authored for these new formats. A thrilling 5.1 mix all around and one that I’m sure I’ll use for lots of demos in the future.

Extras

Unfortunately Fox did not see it fit to include any extras pertaining to the film on this one except the trailer. Shame; at these prices you’d expect a lot more. There are some trailers for a few other Fox releases though.