Eagle Eye (Blu-ray)
SRP $39.98 2.35:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 PARAMOUNT/DREAMWORKS
 

"EAGLE EYE" is one of those kinds of fast-moving thrillers, that pulls the viewer in quickly enough from the beginning to make the huge leaps in credibility something easy to gloss over.  Shia LaBeouf stars as a young kid, whose shock at the recent, sudden death of his twin brother, is weighted even more by a mysterious phone-caller giving him instructions, while creating circumstances leaving him little choice but to follow the demands. Along for the ride with him is a woman, receiving similar instructions following the kidnapping of her child.  The government, assuming these two are terrorists, is after them, while the duo embarks on a perilous mission, filled with action-packed surprises that never seem to end, all heading to a finale wherein all the elements involved are exposed, in a kind of updated "wargames," type of explanation.  There are some major holes popping up at times, but Director D.J. Caruso's steady hand, fine editing, and capable performances from all involved make "EAGLE EYE," a thoroughly engrossing, if "guilty" pleasure.

PARAMOUNT/DREAMWORKS has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for the dvd(16:9 enhanced)and 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Both formats offer an impressive image, although the grain is slightly more intrusive on the dvd. Colors vary in intensity, with tints veering towards darker, colder settings. While both formats handle these effectively, they feel more natural on the blu-ray format. Contrast offers deep blacks, with the blu-ray offering notably better definition in darker scenes. Regardless of the lighting, the blu-ray image offers consistent "jump off the screen" depth, and makes this one of the better looking action releases on blu-ray so far.

PARAMOUNT/DREAMWORKS offers a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for dvd and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for blu-ray.  Both mixes offer aggressive surround involvement from beginning to end. However, the blu-ray provides deeper bass for the key action sequences, and balance with dialogue, while imperfect on both formats, is more impressive on the lossy mix.

Both formats offer an entertaining featurette, exploring various aspects and influences on the film's production, as well as deleted scenes and a trailer, with these getting either 1080i or 1080p with blu-ray, and only standard resolution on dvd.