SRP $38.95 2.35:1 PCM 5.1 SONY
 
SRP $28.95 2.35:1 DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 

Director James Foley has made great films(AT CLOSE RANGE) and crap(THE CHAMBER), but "PERFECT STRANGER" is hands-down his worst! And, it's not just his worst. For those who thought she shamed her Oscar with "GOTHIKA," it's understandable for one to feel she deserves the Oscar she won to be taken away for what she does here! BLECH!  The story, has Berry playing a reporter, creating a falser persona to attract and snare the rich advertising executive(Bruce Willis)after suspecting him of killing her friend, formerly his mistress. The horrible script and Foley believe they're creating a unique something new here, emphasizing internet savvy, in a way that leaves viewers scratching their head at the obviousness to every scene.  Foley and the writer may feel emboldened to have found ways to use instant messaging, but it's patronizing to the viewer.  The "twists" in the film are telegraphed far ahead of every intended shocker. The ending is even worse than all of the scenes that preceded it. STAY AWAY!

SONY, has created a stunning transfer for this release on both blu-ray. Presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the entire look of the film is slick and the image compliments the production design throughout. Colors are rich and detail is flawless. The darkest scenes look spectacular. The dvd varies in quality. At times, the image is impressive with fine detail, but darker scenes come across soft, and colors are notably duller in comparison to the blu-ray.

SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix for the blu-ray. While not loaded with directional effects, the mix is extremely effective due to the ambient effects, relying on subtle effects and music to create an engaging environment throughout the film. Bass effects are impressive, and the music is perfectly balanced with effects and dialogue, making this a really great listen. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix offered on the dvd is effective, but surrounds are less active.  Dynamic range is fine, but the careful balance of music and dialogue is less effective on the dvd, than on the blu-ray.

A featurette, with "behind-the-scenes" comments from the cast and director, are offered on both formats. However, it looks better in the 1080p mode offered on blu-ray than standard dvd.