The Recruit DVD Review
PictureI happened to catch this at the Cinema recently (in fact it is still playing at some multiplexes in the UK) and distinctly remember it being a scope presentation. I checked this on IMDB and it was indeed a 2.35:1 presentation theatrically, so you can imagine my surprise that this DVD has a 1.77:1 image. Saying that it doesn't appear to have suffered from the cropping, and checking IMBD in more detail it would appear that it was shot on super 35mm to allow for cropping. The image however is very clean and has copious amounts of fine detail on show. Colours are well defined and reproduced with good solid blacks. Fleshtones appear natural, and there are no signs of grain or dirt in the image which also has no signs of edge enhancement or pixilation problems.
SoundPresented here in Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround, the soundtrack is effective, if a little laid back. The soundmix gives a nice enveloping feel and the surrounds are used occasional but mostly feature the score. Dialogue is natural and clear and the majority of the action is fixed squarely on the screen. Moving between the two soundmixes, it would appear that both the dts and Dolby tracks are identical with no noticeable differences apparent.
ExtrasThe disc features a number of extras including a commentary track, four deleted scenes and a 15 minute documentary about the CIA training program. The commentary track features the director Donaldson and actor Colin Farrell. Both seem to be enjoying themselves throughout, with a good mixture of informative behind the scenes information and Farrell also provides some very funny tales about the making of the picture. The four deleted scenes while short, appear to have been cut for pacing and a few details that flesh out the characters a little more. Finally we have the Documentary which features a CIA officer and cast and crew discussing the CIA training program, and whilst not providing too many details on what actually happens, it is interesting to find out what an operatives job entails.
VerdictThe film is extremely entertaining with good performances and suspense, built up with numerous plot twists. The video and audio performance of the disc is also very good with some useful extras included.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £29.99