Michael Clayton

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Warner Home Video
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Language including some sexual dialouge
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Tony Gilroy
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Michael Clayton (Clooney) is an attorney who handles all the dirty work for his powerful New York law firm. He specializes in skirting the legal system and creating loopholes for his ethically questionable clients, but he longs to leave the cutthroat world of corporate law behind. When Clayton's friend and star attorney, Arthur Edens (Wilkinson), decides to switch sides on a three-billion-dollar case, Michael must decide between his loyalty to the firm and his conscience. Tilda Swinton won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features on both the DVD and Blu-ray Disc® include three additional scenes with or without commentary by Director Tony Gilroy and Film Editor John Gilroy, a feature commentary track with Tony and John Gilroy available with or without English subtitles, and previews.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.37:1 DVD shows very deep black levels with good shadow delineation, helping create a nicely dimensional-looking picture. Resolution can be quite good, but there are times when fine textures are somewhat soft. Colors are nicely rendered, but contrast is slightly overblown. The cool color scheme helps create an appropriate feel to the story. Shimmering can be recognized from time to time, and compression artifacts are also recognizable, although not overly distracting. Edge enhancement is relatively minor and rarely becomes problematic. The VC-1-encoded Blu-ray Disc looks superb, with sharp details, solid black levels, and nicely rendered shadow delineation. Colors and contrast are also nicely rendered. Spurious noise can be recognized at times and a subtle hint of edge enhancement can be recognized. (Danny Richelieu)

Fidelity is good in the Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack, but dialogue can occasionally sound thin and forward. The mix can be fairly expansive, but much of the presentation is limited to the front three screen channels. Many times, even when the surround channels are used, they are delivered at much lower levels than the front channels, limiting their effectiveness. Deep bass is delivered using each of the full-range channels, dropping down to 30 Hz at times, and the LFE channel is also used fairly well at times. The Blu-ray Disc's Dolby Digital encoding sounds very similar, with a limited mix and instances when dialogue can sound thin and forward. Noise can also be heard from time to time, as can a shuffling distortion. (Danny Richelieu)