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SRP $29.98 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 FOX
 
SRP $39.98 2.35:1 DTS HD-Lossless Master Audio 5.1 FOX
 

While most film adaptations of videogames are horrible, "HITMAN" does a few things right.  Instead of pretending to be interested in a multi-layered plot full of subtext, Director Xavier Gens ensures the film moves along at a steady pace, with as few layers of narrative as possible. The "hitman," Agent 47, appears to have recently botched an assassination attempt on the Russian president. (No, unfortunately we don't get to see Putin's scummy brains all over the place!)And, to make matters worse, he finds out that he's part of a bigger conspiracy! There are no new revelations tried in this storyline, but there are some fun scenes. Gens may not have a style of his own, but at least he can copy other directors well, without looking horrible in the process.

Stunts, kinetic barrages of bullets and more,  permeate the framing, with great composition in most scenes. This unrated screener offers a bit more violent extensions of scenes as well as nudity during a specific, violent scene that is completely missing in the theatrical presentation.

FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement, for dvd, and 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encoding for the blu-ray. Colors are dead on, for the most part. Deep blacks and grays, provide stunning detail in darker scenes, of which there are many. The blu-ray, like the screener dvd, suffers from a preponderance of grain in many shots. Still, even excessive grain can't prevent the blu-ray image from offering continuous "jump off the screen" moments.  The dvd screener also suffers from artifacts, in addition to the grain, and we can't be sure what the final dvd product will look like.

FOX has provided a DTS mix along with the Dolby Digital mix for the dvd. The blu-ray sports a DTS HD-Lossless Master Audio 5.1 mix. The "DTS" mix over Dolby Digital is the way to go on the dvd! WOW!!! This is one of the most  aggressive mixes we've heard in a long time! From beginning to end, subwoofer bass effects, panning effects and music blend together with perfect balance, engulfing the audience, though to the end. More importantly, even subtle nuances are perfectly balanced with the more thunderous ones! The BLU-RAY offers even better dynamic range, affecting the LFE impact immensely! As good as the DTS on the dvd is, the DTS HD-LOSSLESS mix of the blu-ray actually blows it away! BRAVO, FOX! BRAVO!!!

FOX has included a featurette, offering interviews and behind the scenes footage. Deleted scenes and an alternate ending are also offered, without 16:9 enhancement.