Hitman: Unrated Blu-ray Review
PictureHitman comes to Blu-ray presented with a glossy 1080p High Definition video rendition in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen. Detail is excellent throughout, with some of the shots having a superior poster-like quality. The is no noticeable edge enhancement, and no softness, but there are a couple of brief moments where you find some grain and it is difficult to discern whether this was always intentional (although for the most part it is - for example during the flashback sequences). It is generally a fantastic-looking production. The colour scheme is full of rich, deep reds and blacks, skin tones represented accurately and realistically throughout, whether it be Agent 47's bald skull or the long tanned legs of one of his targets. The St. Petersburg scenery comes across authentically, lots of smoke and steam bellowing in the cold night air, the solid blacks allowing for some superb shadowing and a crispness to 47's own standard attire. Not quite perfect, it is still a superior, clinical presentation for this video-game tie-in.
SoundTo accompany the action-thriller on Blu-ray we get a top spec DTS-HD Master Lossless Audio track that is arguably the best possible presentation for the movie - at least potentially. And the end result is pretty superior, occasionally dipping into the realms of benchmark show-off-your-home-cinema-equipment-with-this bombast. Dialogue comes across clearly and coherently, predominantly from across the fronts and centre channels. The scoring is quite reminiscent to both the games (using the same classical score over the credits) and the Bourne movies, perfectly rounding off the drama, action and thrills. Effects are commonplace with this kind of material, from powerful explosions to sniper shots and a few superb gunfights, all of which really lights up your living room, thundering and echoing across the walls. It's here where the track truly shows off its dynamic capabilities and it's often the highlight of the aural presentation. There is some bass, giving the LFE something to do, and again largely coming during the shootouts. Overall it is a punchy, superior mix that is not a bad way to show off your Home Cinema equipment.
VerdictOk so it's yet another disappointing Hollywood adaptation of a videogame that fails to live up to the legacy, but it's stylish, violent and action packed, and it is never less than entertaining. Switch your brain off, marvel at how cool this character is and try not to compare to the Bourne movies, or Leon or anything else of any substance and quality. Technically, it is outstanding on Blu-ray, with significantly good video and benchmark audio, as well as a reasonable selection of extras and the unique inclusion of a Digital copy of the film which you can download to your pc or your iPod. Overall, fans of the videogames are going to find it hard not to satisfy their curiosity, and the film is unlikely to disappoint newcomers who are happy to watch something super-stylish and mindless every once in a while, but it generally only deserves a recommended rental. If you do, however, want to add it to your collection, then you won't be disappointed by the package you're getting.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.79
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