SONY has been tested the blu-ray marketplace with a season from a tv series, "RESCUE ME: SEASON 3," and now they're testing the marketplace with the potential of a mini-series, "THE COMPANY." As far as mini-series go, "THE COMPANY" is one of the better ones. Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, directed by Mikael Salomon, and starring Michael Keaton and Christopher O' Donnell, "THE COMPANY" is an effective, often gripping account of the CIA, focusing on the cold-war, and a decades long search for a mole within the agency. Mixing accuracy with fiction, "THE COMPANY" is far more compelling and successful than "THE GOOD SHEPHERD," even though it ultimately paints one of its true characters, the CIA architect in a way leaving his paranoia vindicated, even while facts prove he, unwittingly is responsible for a true Russian spy, loyal to the allies, to be turned over and cruelly executed by the Russians for treason, almost immediately upon return.
The acting is excellent and the production values magnificent. "THE COMPANY" feels like a big series, and it succeeds on virtually every level. The biggest test being that one doesn't want it to end when its third episode concludes.
SONY has provided a 1080p transfer of the 1.78:1 aspect ratio over two 50 GB discs. It's a magnificent looking transfer. While it looked really sharp when viewed in 1080i on the TNTHD channel, it's even more impressive now. Detail is flawless! "THE COMPANY" ranks up there with the best high definition presentations on any format! The depth provides a three-dimensional environment in virtually every scene. Contrast is terrific too, with deep blacks and grays. While various scenes are shot with an intentionally muted environment, most of the production is exquisite with rich colors and no glimpse of oversaturation.
SONY has provided a terrific PCM 5.1 mix. It has been given the same kind of attention to detail the rest of the production has received, giving it a "epic" production scale. It has layered effects track, with an immersive environment. Dialogue is presented with nearly unprecedented dynamic range. Even the softest spoken words have great resonance here. Music and ambient effects are perfectly balanced.
Extras include a "making of" featurette, a featurette focusing on the film's origins and a high-def trailer for "Spiderman 3."