The Infinifilm Edition includes audio commentary by the director, six deleted scenes (with optional commentary and video footage captured from the perspective of the character of Oleg in the film), two documentaries (
New York homicide detective Eddie Flemming (De Niro) enlists the help of arson investigator Jordy Warsaw (Burns) to track down a pair of killers (Roden and Taktarov) terrorizing through the city. Clever, unpredictable, and ferocious, the immigrants quickly learn how to use the celebrity of their pursuers to achieve their own 15 Minutes of fame, spurning a media frenzy. Kelsey Grammer stars as a news tabloid reporter, who adds edgy humor and wicked satire to the film. (Suzanne Hodges)
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a gorgeous picture, with images that are sharp and detailed, with excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Some scenes appear slightly undefined, yet others are capable of crisp images. The hand-held cameras add to the provocative, raw nature of the film. Colors are rich and well balanced, at times stylized to give the picture a cold, harsh appearance. Fleshtones are nicely rendered, and blacks are deep and endless. Edge enhancement can be bothersome, with ghostly halos creating a hard-edged appearance, while many scenes are free from the distraction. Some shimmering details are apparent, but overall the picture is quite solid and satisfying. (Suzanne Hodges)
This soundtrack presentation is distinguished in terms of its creative, dimensional scope, and remarkable fidelity. At reference level, tonality sounds well balanced and obviating of the need for re-equalization. The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers with a very impressive, well recorded, synthesized music score that has a satisfying low-end presence. The expansion of the music throughout the listening space is absolutely compelling, attributable in part to the liberal engagement of the split surrounds. When back surround channel decoding is used, the sense of spaciousness and immersion are enhanced further. There are instances that are predominated by the dialogue, but also numerous instances where the atmospheric sound effects nicely fill the holosonic listening space. The interesting POV sequences through Oleg
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