Once the best marksman in the United States Army, Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg) now lives in peaceful seclusion after the death of his partner. But tires heard on the dirt road, and a few high-profile government officials, bring him back to reality, seeking his help to stop an assassin determined to terminate the President. Reluctantly, he agrees, yet soon finds himself double-crossed by the government he once protected. Shooter is based on Stephen Hunter's novel Point Of Impact. (Jack Kelley)
Special features include commentary with Director Antoine Fuqua, a 22-minute making-of featurette, a seven-minute behind-the-scenes segment Independence Hall, seven deleted scenes, and previews, which are also shown up-front. Additionally, the theatrical trailer is included.
With solid shadow delineation and good black levels, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD can have a pleasingly natural look, but details are not resolved as well as on better releases, making many scenes look rather soft. The color palette is limited, and contrast can be a little hot, with whites that can reach blooming. Edge enhancement is minor but still noticeable. The Blu-ray Disc's and HD DVD's H.264 AVC-encoded picture maintains good shadow delineation, which is necessary with the heavy use of shadows in the staging. Details are not as finely resolved as on the best high-definition releases. Contrast is still a little overblown, but does not look as bloomy as on the DVD. The two formats look identical. (Danny Richelieu)
The DVD's Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack can be quite quiescent at times, and the entire sonic character sounds blurred and grainy, lacking the articulation of other new releases. Music can sound good though, with excellent dynamics and solid bass, and in the more action-packed scenes, the mix is exciting. Still, for a release so new, it has problems. The Blu-ray Disc includes a Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack that has a slight improvement in fidelity over the DVD's release. The HD DVD provides a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel encoding that increases overall fidelity, especially noticeable in the tighter, more articulate bass and the more natural-sounding dialogue. (Danny Richelieu)