The long-delayed, eagerly awaited, "MR AND MRS SMITH" has finally been released on blu-ray by FOX. It's surprising to find the film didn't fare better theatrically since it's much more fun and refreshing than the crappy "LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD" and other "action-type films that have done much better at the box-office in recent years.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star as a husband and wife, both entirely unaware of the other's real job as top assassins for rival organizations. Director Doug Liman brings the same kind of kinetic atmosphere here in scene after scene, often with the same impact that he did in his "BOURNE IDENTITY" film.
The script blends comedy and action with an effective, yet light manner, so Vince Vaughn's character with the typical "Vince Vaughn" kind of comedy dialogue and persona, is a perfect match. While the last 10 minutes veers a little too much into territory that is less original than the rest of the film, it doesn't diminish the overall entertainment value of this highly entertaining, very re-watchable film.
FOX has provided a 1080p transfer with 2.35:1 aspect ratio. While two fine looking versions of the film are already available on dvd, they pale in comparison to what's achieved here in terms of depth and color quality in every single scene. "MR AND MRS SMITH" is a reference quality disc. Virtually every scene has that "pop off the screen" impact. The production design and cinematography for the film set it apart from most action films, at moments, even equaling the brilliance of "AMERICAN BEAUTY" for comparison. The amazing contrast and color values lend for exquisite detail in darker moments. BRAVO!!!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio mix that is also of reference quality! From the opening scene to the end credits, the magnificent score is perfectly rendered through all speakers, and the fidelity achieved here often had viewers reaching for the phone or about to answer the door. It's one of the best mixes available on blu-ray.
FOX has carried over the deleted scenes segment featured on dvd, only now it's in high-definition. There are also some fun audio commentaries, a featurette and "D-BOX" coding for those who've invested the mega-bucks for the system and equipment to rattle their chairs and sofas.
The only setback to this release, its the puzzling decision not to offer the "unrated" version of the film on the same disc!