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The Contract Blu-ray

United States
First Look Studios | 2006 | 96 min | Rated R | Dec 02, 2008

The Contract (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.38:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Bonus View (PiP)

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Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
Based on 2 user reviews

Movie appeal 
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Crime60%
Drama41%
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The Contract

 (2006)

The Contract Blu-ray despite great video and solid audio falls short as an overall poor Blu-ray release

While on a hiking trip to reconnect with his son, Ray Keene (John Cusack) stumbles into a nightmare scenario of paid assassins and ex-military guns-for-hire. Frank Cardin (Morgan Freeman) is attempting to fulfill a contract to assassinate a high profile businessman when things go awry and he ends up in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls. After an ill-fated attempt by his com[patriots to free him, Frank finds himself in the custody of ex-lawman Ray and his son (Jamie Anderson). As they try to make their way back to civilization they are relentlessly pursued by Frank's friends who are intent on freeing their leader in order to collect on the contract. But one may be more foe than friend.

For more about The Contract and the The Contract Blu-ray release, see the The Contract Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.0 out of 5.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Writers: Stephen Katz, John Darrouzet, J.D. Zeik
Starring: Morgan Freeman, John Cusack, Jamie Anderson (IX), Alice Krige, Megan Dodds, Corey Johnson (I)

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The Contract Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

If there's one plus to the mess that is The Contract, it's that the film looks excellent on Blu-ray, featuring a 1080p/VC-1 transfer that's crisp, colorful, and free of any technical troubles. You'll notice straight away that there's a great sense of overall clarity. All of those moles, freckles, and lines on Morgan Freeman's iconic face are reproduced with fine detail, tree trunks are composed of sharp lines—without any trace of edge enhancement—and even the toppings of cops' donuts pop in high definition. As much of the film takes place in a Pacific Northwestern forest, the transfer's strong color palette is comprised of verdant greens, rich browns, and other earthy hues. Skin tones look natural too, if a little yellowish at times. Toward the end of the film there's some really artificial-looking day-for-night shots—you know, the kind where they use a deep blue filter—but you can't really blame the transfer for this. Thankfully, as there is a lot of darkness in the film, black levels are plenty deep without crushing shadow detail, and contrast on the whole is tight, especially during the daylight scenes. Grain is apparent but very minimal, and I didn't spot and blocking, banding, smearing, or ringing. It's definitely not enough to change my opinion of the film in any way, but The Contract looks great for a straight-to-video offering.


The Contract Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

On the audio side of things, The Contract's Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track could stand to be a little beefier, but it's still a more than adequate affair. And the film does have a couple of what you might call "showpiece" audio moments during a few of the bigger action sequences. During an early car accident, metal smashes against metal, twisting and screeching, while glass shatters and sprays all over the pavement. Later, when a helicopter crashes into the forest, its rotor blades shoot through the rear speakers as tree branches crack and splinter. The surround channels come to life frequently throughout the film; thunder rolls and buckets of rain pound heavily into the foliage, a river flows around us, and insects buzz while birds chirp in every conceivable direction. It's all balanced competently, both the action and the quieter moments, and I don't think I touched my remote control once during the film. Dialogue is unproblematic as well, sounding clean and natural throughout. Normand Corbell's score is entirely forgettable—standard thriller movie fare—but it's at least bombastic and sounds relatively full. It could be more aggressive, but really, I've got no overt complaints about this track.


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First Look Announces The Contract and More - July 31, 2008

First Look Home Entertainment has announced that they will bring the Morgan Freeman and John Cusack film 'The Contract' to Blu-ray on October 28th. Also revealed is that they will bring both the 2008 remake of 'Day of the Dead' and the 2004 Belgium film 'Immortal' ...


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