Mr. Brooks

Featured In Issue 126, December 2007

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A successful businessman, a generous philanthropist, and a fine family man—no one would imagine Mr. Brooks (Costner) has a dark, disturbing secret. This seemingly perfect pillar of society is a prolific serial killer who is so clever that no one has ever suspected him...until now. (Stacey Pendry)

There is one special feature that is in addition to those found on the DVD (a Cat And Mouse: Inside The Mr. Brooks Case Files" trivia track). The rest of the special features are the same and include commentary with Writers Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon, six deleted scenes (including an alternate opening title), the original theatrical trailer, additional trailers, and the following featurettes: "The Birth Of A Serial Killer: The Writing Of Mr. Brooks" (seven minutes), "On The Set With Mr. Brooks" (nine minutes) and "Murder On Their Minds: Mr. Brooks, Marshall And Mr. Smith"(nine minutes).

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD can be hampered by relatively poor black levels, which makes the image look flat and lifeless, but details in the shadows are delivered nicely. Fleshtones can have a slightly sickly, green hue. The picture generally has a harsh look, and pixilation and edge enhancement is noticeable. The HD.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray disc shows the same problems as the DVD, and details are not as well resolved as in the better high-definition releases. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack can collapse to the front three screen channels, with the surround channels' participation generally underwhelming. While fidelity is good in general, dialogue is not as articulate as in in the best recordings, sounding somewhat smeared and dull. Music can also sound slightly harsh. The DTS® Digital Surround™ encoding sounds more full, with better tightness in the bass and more natural-sounding dialogue. Unfortunately, we do not have the hardware to decode the Blu-ray Disc's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio encoding, but the core DTS encoding that is extracted sounds very similar to the DVD's DTS encoding, although a slight increase in fidelity can be recognized. (Danny Richelieu)