Due to the critical success and cult following of "BLADE RUNNER," adapted from a story by Philip K. Dick, studios have been scurrying to adapt anything else possible from the same writer. Ben Affleck stars as Michael Jennings, a brilliant engineer hired out to major corporations to improve their product line, while examining and improving it versus competitor's products. Due to the top-secret info he becomes privy to, after his job has ended, his memory from the specific job duration, is completely erased via advance technology, thus also securing him top dollar for his work.
When a billionaire, played by Aaron Eckhart, offers him a new job, the catch is it will take three years of his life, three years of memory loss, but with millions for a payout in the end. After doing this job, the audience and Michael are thrust three years into the future. When he goes to retrieve his money, he finds the 90 million he was promised has been cancelled, and the FBI is chasing him down! Not remembering anything of the past three years makes it hard for him to solve what's happened, but luckily he had sent himself an envelope, containing objects that become useful, at the least expecting moment! The story is overly complicated, and falls on itself at times, but Director John Woo's cinematic ballet of bullets, explosions, chases and everything action-oriented, glide over plot-holes with ease!
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are well saturated and consistently balanced. Detail is outstanding, from the opening credit sequence throughout. There are some minor artifacts in a few brief instances, but, otherwise, the image is excellent, without any scenes that appear flat. For those who might've considered Uma Thurman sexy at one time(well, Baron Munchausen doesn't count!), yikes! The incredible detail of this blu-ray will probably change one's mind of her!
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Woo loves explosions and the bass effects are frequent and deep here! Panning and discrete effects help create a consistently immersive experience for the audience. Music, while over the top, is well balanced, and never overshadows the dialogue. It's a reference quality mix!
PARAMOUNT has provided some extras for this release, including commentary tracks offered with the director and another with the writer. Both become mundane after a brief while. The deleted scenes, offered only in standard resolution, are actually impressive and add to some minor questions raised in the final film.