BUENA VISTA has released “STEAL”. Sure to surprise audiences as it did this reviewer, it’s much more entertaining than one would expect from its cover. Is it possible to have a good action-thriller starring Stephen Dorff and Natasha Henstridge? YES! Dorff plays Slim, the head thief in a gang of athletic lawbreakers, known for their daring heists in which their athletic prowess aids them. Under the gun of a crooked cop and the mob, the gang decides to pull off one last heist. Unfortunately, Slim doesn’t realize his girlfriend is a detective intent on busting him and his gang. The plot borrows from many other films, and it’s fairly predictable. Still, it has terrific pacing and is extremely well-shot and edited. Its director, Gerard Pires, helmed the original “TAXI” and he demonstrates the same kinetic style here. Sure the acting is less than impressive, (Henstridge actually helps Dorff seem like Olivier in comparison to her performance) but the film moves ahead so rapidly that it’s hard to acknowledge the film’s shortcomings.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are rich and the overall image has a nice sheen to it. There’s great detail in every scene. The contrast is also impressive, with great clarity in even the darkest scenes. Fleshtones appear natural.
BUENA VISTA has presented a DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix. Justas impressive as the image quality, there are plenty of surround/directional effects throughout the film. There are some terrific LFE moments as well. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.