BLU-RAY REVIEW

Swordfish

Featured In Issue 114, November 2006

Picture4.5
Sound4.5
WSR Score5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number):
82849
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
(Retail Price):
$28.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
99
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
(Theatrical Year):
2001
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
09/26/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Dominic Sena
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1
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The world's best computer hacker (Jackman) becomes entangled in a cyber-heist masterminded by a charismatic mystery man (Travolta). The daring theft of a government slush fund (code-named Swordfish) becomes a high-stakes game of life and death.

Like the HD DVD, the Blu-ray Disc includes audio commentary by director Dominic Sena, the 15-minute HBO First Look, an eight-minute Effects In Focus: The Flying Bus, and the 13-minute In Conversation cast and crew interviews, two alternate endings with optional commentary, a short Planet Rock audio reel, the theatrical trailer, and online info.

The VC-1-encoded 2.35:1 Blu-ray Disc picture looks nearly identical to the previously released HD DVD picture. Details are slightly softer with the Blu-ray Disc release, but that may be fully attributable to the unmodified Samsung BD-P1000 player (see our review of the player in Issue 112 for more information). (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolbyģ Digital 5.1-channel encoding sounds very similar to the Dolby Digital Plus encoding found on the HD DVD, although the HD DVD version does sound slightly more smooth and natural. (Danny Richelieu)