Enemy of the State [Blu-ray]
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Teaming up once again with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Top Gun director Tony Scott demonstrates his glossy style with clever cinematography and breakneck pacing. Will Smith proves that there's more to his success than a brash sense of humor, giving a versatile performance that plausibly illustrates a man cracking under the strain of paranoid turmoil. Hackman steals the show by essentially reprising his role from The Conversation--just imagine his memorable character Harry Caul some 20 years later. Most of all, the film's depiction of high-tech surveillance is highly convincing and dramatically compelling, making this a cautionary tale with more substance than you'd normally expect from a Scott-Bruckheimer action extravaganza. --Jeremy Storey
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As far as the "lack of substance" that some reviewers mention, that is entirely subjective, and I do not agree with it. As far as reviewers who talk about this not being as good as 1974's The Conversation, get a clue that elements of this movie are conscious homages to that earlier (and IMO, badly dated, and overrated) movie--one of the things that's fun about Bruckheimer's movies is that they are full of homages to earlier suspense/action flicks, esp. those that influenced him. Also, folks, get a clue to the fact that the Will Smith character's "dumbness" and naivety, is part of the point of this movie: his ignorance of technology, and his over-reliance on other people for information, put him at the mercy of the "heavies" in this movie, and left him wide open to the crisis in which he found himself embroiled. As an aside, along the lines of the eerie resonance of this movie in the wake of 9/11, it gave my wife and I a bit of a chill down our spines when Gene Hackman's character revealed by "hacking" into the NSA computer that the Jon Voigt character's birthday was "9/11"--an eerie coincidence three years before 9/11/01.
ACTING: I didn't like Hackman in this role, but Will Smith brought some life into the movie. For people who haven't seen the movie in awhile you should check it out to recognize some young faces including Jack Black, Jake Busey, Jaimie Kennedy, Seth Green, and the of course the previously mentioned Jason Lee.
VIDEO: The great thing about the recent releases of Con Air, Crimson Tide, and Enemy Of The State are the new anamorphic transfers of the films. They are greatly appreciated and are so much better than the old ones.Read more ›
The audio and video transfers are excellent and definitely rate a tier 1 presence for Blu-Ray.
The audio is the star in terms of disc quality. There is a big difference for any movie between lossless and lossy audio, a transparency that only lossless audio can provide. On this Blu Ray, it is lossless PCM 5.1. The audio's levels are nicely set, and if you have a decent surround system, this movie would be considered Demo worthy for showing off your home theater's audio capabilities. There is much use of all the front and rear surrounds with a goodly amount of panning between the front and rear stages as well as the discreet channeling of foley fx to both the front and rear surrounds. Your LFE channel does come into play but not overly. The audio of the standard def version also had excellent surround usage and, thus, I give credit to the original audio editors and mixers.
The video transfer of this softly focused and color muted film presents very good contrast, a touch better than the Standard Def version but I do not believe that it is because of remastering. The bit rate is certainly higher but not a whole lot; it generally averaged between the mid teens and the mid twenties and that higher bit rate accounts for the somewhat better video. There was minimal film grain, no artifacting or imaging issues.Read more ›
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Hackman and Smith were astounding together! You will be on the edge of your seat from beginning to the end during the whole movie.
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People don't know how real this is. It is not just a story... Be aware and be afraid - despite Will Smith's very mediocre acting. Mr. Hackman is excellent!Published 13 days ago by Michael Garsva
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