Sinners And Saints

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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Strong bloody violence, grisly images, pervasive language and brief drug use
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In Sinners And Saints, New Orleans Detective Sean Reilly (Strong), the leader of an elite "Street Crimes" task force squad, is trying to cope with the death of his young son and the abandonment of his wife. But when a routine warrant "serve" results in an ambush and the vicious murder of his partner, this may be the last straw that finally sends Sean over the edge. Re-assigned by his mentor Captain Trahan (Berenger), Sean and Det. Will Ganz (Phillips) investigate a baffling gangland homicide. As the clues stack up on the case, Sean and Will realize that Colin (Flanery), one of Sean's childhood friends, and a security contractor just back from the Middle East, seems to be at the center of their horrible case. The two quickly realize there is something far more sinister going on than either could have ever imagined. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 03:40), deleted scenes (HD 07:00), and up-front previews.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a blown-out contrasty gritty appearance. The stylized picture's color palette is strongly saturated with exaggerated hues. As a result, fleshtones are inconsistently hued. Blacks are blown out, but in some scenes detail is decent. Shadow delineation also at times is crushed. Resolution, however, is excellent and reveals fine detail in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Slight grain is evident throughout, which contributes to the gritty appearance. Overall, this is a visually engaging visual experience that supports the intense crime action. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is rather mediocre for such an intense action picture that involves gang shootouts. Atmospherics and sound effects are compressed, with gunshots sounding meager and not well enhanced with aggressive surround envelopment. The music score is often narrowly focused, then opens up with a more intense surround presence. Dialogue is at an unusually low level, making intelligibility difficult at times. Deep bass extension is limited in the .1 LFE channel, but at times is effectively supportive. Overall, this is a soundtrack that is underdeveloped, missing the opportunity to present a strong dynamic and aggressive presence. (Gary Reber)