Obsessed (Blu-ray)
SRP $39.95 2.40:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

For younger viewers, completely unaware of films of the '80s and early '90s, "OBSESSED" may seem like a compelling kind of dramatic thriller. Idris Elba, so fantastic as "Stringer Bell" in the HBO series, "THE WIRE," is much less impressive here, playing Derek Charles, a rising star at an LA financial firm, who seems to have the perfect life: a beautiful new baby, luxury home and wife, Sharon, played by "Beyonce'." 

However, the arrival of a pretty, new office temp, Lisa, sends very predictable, huge smoke signals, that trouble's on the way. At an office party, wherein "spouses aren't allowed,(???)" Lisa makes her attraction to Derek very obvious, and in spite of his rejection, she's committed to proving that they belong together. Yes, "OBSESSED" borrows heavily from both "FATAL ATTRACTION" and "THE TEMP."  While obtaining the level of quality of "FATAL ATTRACTION" would be hard for any subsequent film to achieve, the fact that "OBSESSED" isn't even as good as "THE TEMP" say's all one needs to know! There isn't anything fresh in the entire film! Every "surprise" is predictable! The fact that both husband and wife are so clueless, only makes the audience annoyed and impossible to care about their predicament. It actually makes more sense to root for the psycho here! AARGH! Even at 108 minutes, the film feels awfully long. So much should've been cut, so it's a relief, at least, this isn't an "extended" version!

SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.  The transfer is close-to-flawless! Warm and cooler colors are perfectly balanced, and while some scenes are pushed to extremes, there is never over-saturation.  Depth is impressive throughout, and the grain is never intrusive. Blacks, while deep, fail to offer the kind of spectacular detail one expects in the darker scenes, preventing "OBSESSED" from achieving a "reference quality" citation. The 16:9 enhanced dvd lacks the consistent color balance of the blu-ray, with numerous scenes appearing too soft, in comparison.

SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for the blu-ray and standard dolby digital 5.1 for dvd. Both mixes are suitable, but never immersive. Surrounds are restrained, only kicking in occasionally for minor ambient effects, but enhancing some great songs on the lossy mix. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. While both mixes are generally comparable, the final confrontation scene, exhibits deeper bass and depth on the blu-ray than dvd.

SONY has provided three 1080p featurettes, (behind the scenes)type stuff and really only worthwhile for any actual fans of the film. Trailers for other SONY releases(1080p)and BD-LIVE capability, are also featured.