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SRP $26.96 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 
SRP $38.95 2.35:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

The original "SLEUTH," was a famous play, adapted for the screen by its original writer, and starred Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.  This reviewer felt it was incredibly over-rated, and bordering on "bad," due to its self-indulgence and arguably horrible and predictable "surprise" ending.  Unfortunately, the slightly revised "remake", offers no improvement over the original, apart from some interesting updating with modern technological advances.  These kinds of things make for an interesting first-act, creating more tension than the original film managed to, however, in the end, the "end" and most of the 2nd hour is almost grueling to get through!  Jude Law plays a struggling actor trying to convince Michael Caine to finalize his divorce from the woman Law has been having an affair with.  A cat and mouse scenario is played out between the two, sometimes, intriguing, sometimes boring, and ultimately, just plain annoying,

These are two gifted actors, and it's a shame that another gifted actor, director-Branagh, didn't realize what was wrong with the screenplay, and try to change it!  Fans(and there are many)of the original play and film, will probably enjoy this version, for the performances, and some early, well-conceived updates/twists on the original.

SONY has released the film on both dvd and blu-ray format. The blu-ray offers a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer, and the dvd offers the same 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement.  The dvd is extremely attractive, offering perfect color quality, even with typically difficult to reproduce blue/neon-like lighting. It's a polished image from start to finish, and grain is never a problem

The blu-ray offers a notably superior transfer, however! Colors stand out much more vibrantly, even though blues are often overshadowing other colors for the intended clinical coldness of the proceedings taking place.  Deep blacks and grays offer excellent contrast, and reds and other colors stand out vibrantly when introduced. It's a great looking transfer, with a complex scheme.

The blu-ray offers a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's notably more aggressive than the standard Dolby Digital 5.1 mix found on dvd. While the standard Dolby mix is fine, and filled with ambient effects, the TrueHD mix offers incredible detail, making even slight nuances seem remarkable. A good dvd mix, a "Great" blu-ray mix!

Both formats offer separate commentaries, one with Caine and Branagh, another with just Jude Law. Additionally, there are two featurettes and trailers, all in HD on the blu-ray version.