Architect, The

Featured In Issue 118, March 2007

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Magnolia Home Entertainment
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Matt Tauber
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Tonya Neely (Davis) is on a mission—to obtain petition signatures to have her unsafe, gang-infested apartment complex, Eden Court, torn down and rebuilt. And the only signature that she is missing is that of The Architect, Leo Waters (LaPaglia). But Leo, who lives just miles, yet world's away from, Eden Court, is not very receptive to Tonya's suggestion that the complex was built incorrectly, and refuses to sign the petition. However, when societal lines are ignored, he finds that he and Tonya share more similarities than not. Based on the play by David Greig. (Jack Kelley)

Special features include commentary with Director Matt Tauber, nine minutes of deleted scenes with optional director commentary, and a 28-minute Higher Definition: The Architect Episode featurette. Plus up-front previews.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a bold color scheme with well-balanced contrast and deep blacks. Shadow delineation is well rendered, and details are adequately well resolved. Fleshtones are slightly too rosy, and noticeable edge enhancement can distract, especially in medium and long shots. Otherwise, this is a very good picture. The Blu-ray Disc and VC-1-encoded HD DVD versions improve upon these aspects even more, creating more dimensionality, although details are not as well resolved as the best high-definition releases. Whites can also look a little too bright, almost to the point of blooming. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is generally relegated to the front three screen channels, with the surrounds only used for very low-level ambiance. Fidelity is good, although not great, and dialogue is generally integrated well, although it can be difficult to make out at times in the loudest scenes. The Blu-ray Disc's lossy DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio encoding sounds very similar to the HD DVD's Dolby Digital Plus encoding, both of which slightly improve fidelity and dynamic range, but are still limited by the soundtrack's mix. The HD DVD's lossless Dolby TrueHD encoding does improve fidelity subtly over the lossy encodings, with a more fluid sounding midrange. (Danny Richelieu)