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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

 

Out of Time [Blu-ray]

 

(Carl Franklin, 2003)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Studio:

Theatrical: MGM

Video: MGM Home Video

 

Disc:

Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:45:25.319

Disc Size: 20,020,987,800 bytes

Feature Size: 18,589,378,560 bytes

Video Bitrate: 18.89 Mbps

Average Total Bitrate: 23.51 Mbps

Chapters: 32

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 2nd, 2009

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p

Video codec: MPEG-2 Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2490 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2490 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs: Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / Dolby Surround

 

Subtitles:

English, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

Disc one

• Trailer Ronin (2:28 in HD)
Trailer Out of Time (2:08 in HD)
Trailer The Usual Suspects (2:24 in HD)

Disc 2 (DVD from January 2004)

• Commentary by director Carl Franklin

Out of Time: Crime Scene (12-minutes)
3 clips of Sanna Lathan and Dean Cain's Screen Tests for the film
Image Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

 

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Description: Suppose everything you knew – everything you trusted – became a lie. For Matt Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington), that nightmare has become a reality. Matt is the chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida. A hardworking man who's good at his job, he's respected by his peers and beloved by his community. But when Banyan Key is shocked by a brutal double homicide, Matt starts his investigation – and his life starts to unravel. As details of the case begin to surface, all the evidence points to Matt as the prime suspect. Now with the investigation in full swing and several people working the case, Matt finds himself in a race against time to solve the murders before others uncover the clues he's finding and he himself falls under suspicion. He has to stay a few steps ahead of his own police force and everyone he's trusted in order to clear his name and uncover the horrifying truth.

 

 

The Film:

Washington is one of the most likable of actors, which is essential to this character, preventing us from concluding that he's getting what he deserves. Mendes makes the ex-wife Alex into a curiously forgiving character, who feels little rancor for the straying Matt and apparently still likes him; maybe there would have been more suspense if she were furious with him. Saana Latham has a tricky role as Ann -- trickier the deeper we go into the plot -- and is plausible at many different speeds, and Dean Cain is convincingly vile as the violent husband. John Billingsley is Chae, the local medical examiner who is Matt's sidekick and supplies low-key, goofy support in some tight situations.

Another one of the movie's stars is its Florida location. It was photographed in and around Miami, Boca Grande and Cortez, and reminds us how many Hollywood crime movies depend on the familiar streets of Los Angeles (or Toronto). Banyon Key seems like a real place, sleepy and laid-back, where everybody knows one another and high school romances could still smolder. As the net of evidence tightens around the sheriff, it seems more threatening because there are few places for him to hide, and few players who don't know him.

Excerpt Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE

 

 


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
 

MGM cheapens out again with an MPEG-2 transfer that actually looks okay - if not the quality of it's superior AVC cousin. The Blu-ray image quality is better than the 2004 DVD (included in the package) - sometimes significantly. There are quite a few close-ups that show strong detail and the Floridian beaming sunshine on rich flora/fauna appears very romantic and atmospheric. This is only single-layered and it's hard to say where it might have improved - there are some artifacts but none I found distracting. Daylight scenes are more impressive but nothing is overly dark or too glossy. It's easy to say it benefited from the move to HD but is probably not worth a double dip if you already own the DVD. The Blu-ray underachieves technically but I can't dismiss the decent image quality as hopefully indicated by the expanding screen captures below.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

The DTS-HD Master, like the image, doesn't seem to reach the highest capabilities - in this case of a lossless audio track but it still has some pop in the more aggressive moments of the film. There isn't a lot of subtlety in the mix but dialogue is clear and consistent although nothing is as crisp as some may have anticipated. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu determines this is region 'A'-locked.

 

 

 

Extras :

The Blu-ray supplements consist of only three HD trailers (including one for the film) but the 2004 SD is here in it's entirety with the director commentary, featurettes, screen tests and photo gallery. This is really a sign of laziness on MGMs part - even with the single layering of the Blu-ray there is more than enough space for those same extras - in SD! It seems MGM had some stock left over and are throwing it in to get rid of it. But it is a viable extra to own the DVD and those keen to venture to supplements at least have them. Most people don't own 2 Blu-ray players yet and it may be useable for play in rooms of the house that only support DVD. Without moving the extras over though - sucks.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I like this film more than most and I enjoyed my viewing on Blu-ray.  I loved the performances of Denzel and especially Eva Mendes. It has some definite noir characteristics and the Florida locale reminds one of Body Heat. However, we must comment on MGM's treatment in going with the lesser MPEG-2 encode and not bothering to transfer the extras over. Both practices should stop immediately. They are not maximizing the capabilities of the HD format and this is like taking baby steps forward when they have the opportunity of making a giant leap. Wake up MGM. 

Gary Tooze

May 29th, 2009

 

 

 


 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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