PictureThe anamorphic transfer is framed at 2.35:1, and is a challenge for any system. Featuring a wide array of noirish blacks and bold, almost neon colours, we have a print which is detailed and looks reasonably three dimensional.
Blacks are clean and deep, whilst colours are striking and bold with clean edges. However, where we see swathes of colour, problems do become apparent. For example the green walls of the pool room exhibit noise and compression artefacts, and even on a small display these are noticeable if you look for them. Skies, too, become problematic in places, again revealing artefacts which become difficult to ignore. Grain is also apparent in a wide array of scenes, and though one might argue this is intentional, the occasional scratches on the print are undoubtedly not deliberate and are as disappointing as they are a surprise (for such a recent movie).
Edge enhancement becomes apparent in certain places - though it's not terrible - but this rounds off a rather disappointing transfer. Could have been better.
SoundPresented in Dolby Digital 5.1, the soundtrack is functional if not inspiring. Featuring a strong front soundstage, dialogue is always clear, crisp and locked to the centre, with good effects panning from left to right. Surrounds remain rather quiet throughout the running time, with very few spot effects appearing behind the viewer, and there are several missed opportunities where a soundtrack with more flair could have reinforced the on-screen action.
Bass usage is sporadic, but there are a few moments where any subwoofers in your system will kick into life - the few gunshots are rendered with real bite and a satisfying low end snap; any more bass really isn't necessary.
Overall this is a functional mix that does exactly what it needs to.
ExtrasCutting straight to the cherry in the extras pie, the most welcome addition to the offerings here is the documentary: “Anatomy of a scene”, which I'm happy to report is as interesting as the other “Anatomy” tagged documentaries found on other DVDs. Featuring an in-depth dissection of the scene where the team discuss the setting up of the main con in the movie, this offers many interesting insights into the making of Confidence, with interviews with the cast and crew and a pleasing absence of promotional fluff about it.
The commentaries will test the patience of even the most avid fan of the film - there are three to choose from, a mainly technical one with Director James Foley, another with writer Doug Jung (unsurprisingly he talks a lot about the script conception and development) and the best of the three featuring Weisz, Burns, Garcia and Hoffman: just a shame that they weren't in the same room together to record “one” commentary, rather than the spliced effort we have here.
Wrapping up the package are a selection of cast interviews which aren't as full of the usual “Oh he was so great to work with, a genius!” comments that one usually finds, a selection of 3 deleted scenes (which mainly expands Lily's character, but you can see why they left them out), and 4 trailers (Confidence, People I Know, Lost in Translation and Out of Time) which are presented in Dolby 2.0 and framed at 1.85:1.
Overall this is a reasonable package, but I can't help but get the feeling that the picture of the main feature has suffered because they tried to cram everything on the one disc.
VerdictThough nothing groundbreaking, Confidence offers a diverting crime caper that's worthy of your attention. The DVD is a reasonable presentation of the movie, just a shame about the video side of things.
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