The Bounty Hunter appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into an appealing image.
Sharpness looked good. A few wide shots seemed a smidgen soft, but the majority of the movie felt accurate and concise.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I witnessed no edge haloes. In addition, source flaws failed to appear.
The film went with a pretty standard mix of teal and amber, which it utilized well. Though trite, the colors felt well-rendered.
Blacks appeared dark and tight, while shadows showed smooth delineation. No obvious problems materialized here.
I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Bounty Hunter remained unexceptional. In terms of effects, general ambience ruled the day. Surround usage stayed limited, so the back speakers gently fleshed out various settings but did little more than that.
In those forward channels, the music provided nice stereo separation and opened up the mix reasonably well. There wasn’t a whole lot of activity or movement, but the effects conveyed a passable sense of space and place.
This was a bit of a disappointment given the action side of the movie. Yes, it’s also a romantic comedy, but it provided a mix of car chase and shoot-out scenes.
Those occasionally threw in a nugget from the back channels, but they didn’t add much. This remained a heavily front-oriented track that didn’t contribute much information elsewhere, even when the movie seemed to call for it.
Audio quality appeared fine. Dialogue was consistently warm and natural, though I noticed a little edginess at times.
Effects seemed appropriately clean and distinct; while they didn’t get a lot to do, they sounded positive. The music came across as acceptably distinctive. This track lacked the breadth I expected, but it was adequate enough.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The lossless audio seemed a bit more dynamic, but visuals offered the most obvious improvements, as the Blu-ray gave us a much better defined and film-like presentation. That made this a solid upgrade.
We get the same extras as the DVD, and three featurettes fill out the set. Making The Bounty Hunter goes for 17 minutes, 42 seconds and includes comments from producer Neal H. Moritz, director Andy Tennant, executive producer, Ori Marmur, and actors Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, and Jason Sudeikis.
“Making” looks at story and characters, how Tennant came onto the project and his work on the set, cast and performances, stunts and action, and other notes from the shoot.
Should you expect anything insightful or memorable here? Not really. We get a few good tidbits, but the show exists to tout the flick. That leaves it fluffy and forgettable.
Stops Along the Road: Hunting Locations lasts 11 minutes, 21 seconds and provides notes from Moritz, Tennant, Marmur, Sudeikis, and production designer Jane Musky.
They chat about production design and shooting locations. Some puffery comes along for the ride, but we learn more than a few good facts here.
Finally, the one-minute, 21-second Rules for Outwitting a Bounty Hunter essentially acts as an alternate trailer. It shows movie clips as it offers “rules” connected to the film’s story and characters. It’s a waste of time.
The disc opens with ads for The Back-Up Plan, Chloe and Get Low. Previews adds promos for Nine, The Runaways, Extraordinary Measures, Dear John, Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) and The Pillars of the Earth. No trailer for Hunter appears here.
Look up “mediocre romantic comedy” and you’ll find an entry for The Bounty Hunter. Never awful but always banal, the film lacks much inspiration. The Blu-ray provides very good picture with adequate audio and minor supplements. Bounty doesn’t do enough right to merit a recommendation as anything other than a date night desperation rental.
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