Sleuth Blu-ray Review
PictureSleuth comes to Blu-ray presented with a 1080p High Definition video rendition in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen. In general it looks pretty good, and the movie's slick, clinical setting offers up a good arena for a great-looking movie. Detail is generally excellent, no softness, very little noticeable grain and no discernable defects. The colour palette is dominated by blues and greens, faces often bleached out by the lighting within the hi-tech mansion, but skin tones are generally realistic. Reds are deep and rich, and the blacks are solid enough to make for great shadowing - a big plus in a movie laced with moody, dark and claustrophobic scenes. It is not quite the kind of video rendition that you would use to show off your equipment, but it is pretty good nonetheless.
SoundTo accompany the movie we get a decent enough Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that hits all the right spots. The movie is almost entirely dialogue driven, with a couple of gunshots, some glass breaking and some body blows, but otherwise it's all words and ambience. Surprisingly enough, this impressive track showcases all the nuances at their best. The dialogue is obviously given the centre stage, coming clearly and coherently, predominantly from across the frontal array. Effects, as aforementioned, are more subtle than punchy, and are keenly observed throughout the proceedings, with some nice echoing around the hi-tech mansion and plenty of gadget-related touches. The scoring itself takes a backstage to the rest of the mix, offering up a classical, instrumental touch that is supposed to give the movie more grandeur and style, but generally just comes across as by-the-numbers. Overall, it is a stellar representation of a fairly subtle soundtrack, doing the best with extremely limited material.
VerdictSleuth is something of an abomination, yet another remake that should never have been green-lit in the first place. Worse still, the big, respected names of Caine and Branagh are involved in a project that they should never have even given a second thought to. On Blu-ray the video presentation is pretty good, the soundtrack exceptional, and there are a nice few extras to round off the disc. If you've seen this movie and liked it then you won't be disappointed by the release, but if you have never come across Sleuth before then I highly recommend you give this poor remake a miss and go back to revisit the original.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.15
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