"ENEMY OF THE STATE" is a great action film. It's also one of the few really good Tony Scott films. It's amazing that the director responsible for a true masterpiece like "TRUE ROMANCE" can also be responsible for crap like "DOMINO" and "DEJA VU", but at least "ENEMY OF THE STATE" reinforces the fact that when Scott is good, he's great. A lot of the film's success, not unlike "TRUE ROMANCE" is due to a terrific script. This time out, the script by David Marconi, creates characters and complex twists, but without having to rely on ridiculous exposition to explain itself. It's just very smart. While already 8 years old, its topic, raising questions about the limits of government surveillance and civil liberties, is just as timely today as when it was released. Scott's penchant for quick cuts and rapid camera movement comes in handy here as chase and surveillance scenes are coordinated with satellites roaming far above. It's a great effect!
Will Smith and Gene Hackman are terrific in the leads, but than again, everyone here is great. When Scott casts a film correctly,...well,...it's one more example of what goes into a great film!
BUENA VISTA has released a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this BLU-RAY. It's noticeably superior in every way imaginable to the recently released dvd. With Scott's inherent neon color schemes, this would've been a tricky transfer, but colors are vibrant and deep, without ever succumbing to over-saturation. Blacks and grays are deep as well, adding great contrast to darker scenes. The detail is outstanding, whether we're observing raindrops hitting reflections on water, or fabric on a suit. Incredible!!! There is minor grain, but it's never intrusive.
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix! While it's not one that will blow listeners away as "BATMAN BEGINS" does, it's extremely impressive. The all important dialogue is always intelligible, even when covered within layers and layers of music and effects, as is frequently the case here. The final confrontation scene between the government and the mob in the diner is a demonstration quality scene for one's audio system!
There are some great bass moments, but surprisingly, bass effects are minimal.
BUENA VISTA has included a lengthy featurette filled with interviews and more, as well as a featurette exploring the final restaurant scene. The full theatrical trailer in 1080p is also included.
Only criticism: Why wasn't the "extended version" included here???