Vantage Point

Featured In Issue 134, September 2008

WSR Score3
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language
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Pete Travis
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Thomas Barnes (Quaid) and his partner Kent Taylor (Fox) are Secret Service Agents in charge of protecting President Ashton (Hurt) while he attends a global summit on terrorism in Salamanca, Spain. Soon after the President takes the stage, he is hit twice by an unknown assassin's bullet. It is with the help of a videotape of the event that an American tourist named Howard Lewis (Whitaker) has taken that Agent Barnes is given a clue as to who the shooter may be. With several people having witnessed the event, each with a different Vantage Point, the Secret Service are hot on the heels of the would-be assassin. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include a commentary track by Director Pete Travis; the following featurettes: An Inside Perspective (27 minutes), Plotting An Assassination (16 minutes), Surveillance Tapes (one minute), and Coordinating Chaos (eight minutes); and previews. In addition, the Blu-ray™ includes an additional one-minute featurette Surveillance Tapes and a picture-in-picture option to view alternate vantage points in Vantage Viewer: GPS Tracker.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD shows inconsistent resolution, occasionally looking sharp and detailed, while often looking soft. Similarly, black levels are often deep, but are noticeably elevated at times. Colors are subtly desaturated. Fleshtones have a pinkish hue, but look fairly natural. Contrast is balanced well, and subtle changes in even the darkest shadows are rendered nicely. Edge enhancement is noticeable throughout, though, and compression artifacts can be recognized frequently. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc shows a slightly soft picture as well, and black levels are still inconsistent. (Danny Richelieu)

The DVD's Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features an engaging mix, with the surround channels used effectively to convey a sense of dimension and liveliness. The LFE channel is also incorporated well, with deep, hard-hitting bass that is quick and tight. Phantom imaging is impressive, with solid pans around the room. There are even occasions where sidewall imaging can be recognized. The front stage provides a good sense of depth, and dialogue meshes with the audio well. Dynamic range does sound somewhat constrained though. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless Dolby TrueHD encoding provides a noticeable improvement in fidelity, with tighter bass and much improved dynamic range. The Blu-ray Disc is definitely a better option than the DVD. (Danny Richelieu)