Out of Sight appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a generally satisfying transfer.
Overall sharpness looked good. Only minor softness appeared – excluding intentionally loose shots, of course – so most of the flick was concise and accurate. Jagged edges and shimmering caused no concerns, but I saw light edge haloes occasionally. Source flaws weren’t a factor; outside of a speck or two, this was a clean presentation.
Steven Soderbergh often favors overblown colors, and that came across during Out of Sight. Most of the time the hues kept from becoming too saturated, but on occasion, they seemed a bit too heavy. It became tough to figure out how much of this was intentional; was Clooney’s skin really supposed to look orange in the opening scene?
Despite some questionable shots like that, the colors remained fine within the film’s design. The disc did handle colored lighting well, however; for example, the red tones seen during the trunk scene appeared tight. Black levels were nicely deep and rich, while shadow detail appeared decent. Some low-light scenes could be a bit murky, but most were fine. This wasn’t a killer presentation, but it usually worked well.
In addition, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Out of Sight offered a consistently solid auditory environment. Most of the time it featured a fairly strong forward bias. The front channels showed good stereo presence for the music and also added a nice sense of atmosphere. Elements blended together cleanly and also panned convincingly. Most of the time the audio remained ambient, but it created a good sense of place.
Surround usage seemed modest but effective as well. More active scenes - mainly those that involved gunfire - came to life well, as the blasts flew all around the spectrum. In addition, quieter sequences such as the one in the trunk also demonstrated a fine sense of atmosphere. The soundfield won’t dazzle you, but it worked well as a whole.
Audio quality was positive. Speech sounded natural and distinct, with no problems related to intelligibility or edginess. Music showed clean highs and reasonably good bass, though I felt the latter could have been a bit deeper. Effects were also clear and bright, and they lacked noticeable distortion or other flaws. Again, the audio for Out of Sight didn’t stand out, but it accomplished its goals.
How did the picture and sound of this Blu-Ray compare with those of the 1999 DVD? Audio was a bit bolder and livelier, and visuals showed improvements. The Blu-ray looked better defined and cleaner than the DVD, so this was a good step up in quality.
The Blu-ray provides most of the same extras from the 1999 DVD, and that includes the terrific audio commentary from director Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Frank. The two were recorded together for this running, screen-specific track. It's quite easy-going and relaxed, with an atmosphere of two buddies getting together to watch and discuss their film.
It also provides an informative and relatively detailed over-view of the creative processes behind the flick. We learn about changes between script and book, various technical processes, and quite a number of other elements. Overall, this is a very entertaining and useful commentary.
Next we discover Inside Out of Sight, a 25-minute, two-second documentary about the film. It combines the standard mix of movie clips, shots from the set, and interviews with principals. We hear from Soderbergh, Frank, novelist Elmore Leonard, and actors George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Albert Brooks, and Steve Zahn.
Though “Inside” lacks depth, it still packs some good info into its relatively brief running time. In addition to some goofing from the cast, we learn about a variety of issues, with a particular focus on the trunk scene, color schemes, and character development. Some of the material repeats from the audio commentary, but it remains a good little program.
Of the remaining supplements, the deleted scenes are the most compelling. The 11 segments run as a continuous piece that lasts 22 minutes and 14 seconds; the scenes themselves go from 52 seconds to six minutes, 11 seconds. No chapter stops appear here, which makes it hard to access favorite scenes.
Referring to these as "deleted scenes" seems somewhat misleading, as most of them offer extensions of scenes that appear in the final film. In addition, we have an alternate take of the trunk scene that receives mention in the audio commentary. All in all, the extended scenes are interesting to watch and they include some good character information as well as some entertaining bits.
The Blu-ray drops some extras from the DVD. It omits text components as well as the movie’s trailer.
While not Steven Soderbergh’s most celebrated movie, Out of Sight may well be his best. The movie offers strong characters whose interaction makes the flick a consistent delight, and it paints them in such a way to make them more complex and intriguing than usual. The Blu-ray delivers generally good picture and audio along with a few interesting supplements highlighted by a terrific commentary. Out of Sight remains a fine film and the Blu-ray represents it reasonably well.
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