SRP $34.95 2.35:1 PCM 5.1 BUENA VISTA
 
SRP $29.98 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 BUENA VISTA
 

Director Tony Scott has made one great film, "TRUE ROMANCE," and while his others have been sometimes entertaining(ENEMY OF THE STATE), none have ever come close to what he achieved with the ensemble cast, Quentin Tarantino script, and more found in "TR." "DEJA VU" has some fine talent involved with it. Denzel Washington is arguably the greatest living actor today! The editing to the film is engaging, and there are some impressive technical details about the film as well. But, the script is mediocre at best. Everything starts with a script, so "DEJA VU" is hindered from the start.  "DEJA VU" attempts to be a complex murder thriller with a heavy dose of time-travel thrown in. The problem is that the abundance of technical imagery that worked so well in "ENEMY OF THE STATE" by enhancing its script, can only attempt to compensate for the lack of a decent script here, and it can only do so much, before one recognizes there's no substance here. Even the fine acting talent of Val Kilmer is wasted with little important to do or say.

Denzel plays a ATF agent investigating a horrible ferryboat explosion. Of course, he moves quickly to solve it, but gets noticed by a secret government agency dealing in time-travel imagery for crime-solving, and they seek to incorporate him into the unit.  Denzel believes the body of a woman is the key to solving and/or preventing everything due to the potential of time-travel and seeks to go back in time. The story crumbles to pieces from here.

BUENA VISTA has provided a 1080p/MPEG-4 2.35:1 transfer.  The colors are much more vibrant than on the standard dvd. But, the overall color quality is somewhat hindered by Scott's penchant for weird/annoying tints. Contrast is impressive on the dvd, but even more so on the BLU-RAY with exquisite detail in even the darkest scenes.  There are no artifacts on either dvd or BLU-RAY, but the blu-ray offers much more depth and plenty of "popping off the screen" moments.  A great looking transfer on BLU-RAY! A decent transfer on dvd.

BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix for the BLU-RAY. It's an aggressive mix, and Scott has always utilized sound effects and music to enhance his films. Alternating brilliantly between quiet moments and full-out chase scenes and explosions, it's a terrific mix in both formats. Surrounds are used creatively throughout the film and there's no shortage of panning/discrete effects. The music is also well balanced with the dialogue. The BLU-RAY offers noticeably better bass effects than the Dolby Digital 5.1 dvd.

There are deleted scenes, none of which aid the film. Also, there are some fun featurettes.