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The Recruit Blu-ray

United States
Disney / Buena Vista | 2003 | 115 min | Rated PG-13 | Jun 03, 2008

The Recruit (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Note: Portuguese audio not list...

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English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A, B (C untested)

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Video 3.7 of 53.7
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 1.9 of 51.9
Based on 8 user reviews

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The Recruit

 (2003)

The Recruit Blu-ray offers solid video and audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release

James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country—and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive The Farm, where the veteran Burke teaches him the ropes and rules of the game. James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and decides to "wash out," Burke taps him for a special assignment to root out a mole. It soon becomes clear that at The Farm, the CIA's old maxims are true: "trust no one" and "nothing is at it seems."

For more about The Recruit and the The Recruit Blu-ray release, see the The Recruit Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht
Director: Roger Donaldson

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The Recruit Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Disney enlists The Recruit onto Blu-ray in a moderately good-looking 1080p, 2.35:1 framed, VC-1 transfer. The overall tone of the movie is a bleak one, featuring many poorly-lit locales, nighttime sequences, dank indoor interiors, and overcast daytime scenes. There aren't many instances where the transfer has the opportunity to shine because of the intentionally gloomy look of the picture, but this transfer brings out the best of the film, anyway. As a result, some of the image appears washed out, and some fine details are not seen, but the shadows and bleakness adds to the tone of the film. Regardless of the director's intent, this Blu-ray transfer never suffers from poor color reproduction, poor clarity, or a complete lack of detail. Said detail isn't astounding, but there are several instances throughout the picture where the image does offer up some realistic touches. The regular things that so often look impressive in high definition are once again impressive here -- facial hair, stitches and fine lines in clothes and, in this instance, the fine lines and ridges of the paper upon which Clayton reads the dates and looks at the stars representative of fallen CIA operatives of the past. Black levels are solid if not a bit unspectacular, and I would rate flesh tones the same. This print also exhibits the occasional blemish or speckle. The Recruit doesn't look bad, but this isn't an eye-popping transfer, either.


The Recruit Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Recruit enrolls on Blu-ray with a moderately engaging PCM 5.1 uncompressed soundtrack. The film offers a decent surround presence, as demonstrated by the score that plays over the opening credits. It sounds somewhat foreboding and serious with some fine low frequency effects and the uncompressed track hearkens the home viewer back to the sense of listening in a high quality, multichannel movie theater set-up. In fact, the films score was probably my favorite aspect of The Recruit. Dialogue sounds "gritty" at times, but I never had any problems with either discernment or volume. Dynamics are fine, and there are a few excellent examples of directionality and sound placement in the track. The shooting range session offers viewers some excellent reverberations and lows. Also, a shootout about three-quarters of the way through the movie offers up some impressive fidelity and bass, not to mention an excellent surround presence. Directionality is also solid here as gunshots flew out of one speaker and traveled to another, and the echos of the shots and the ricochet of the bullets created a tense, exciting atmosphere. The bar scene in chapter six places us firmly there, creating a realistic ambiance. The Recruit doesn't offer up much more than a fairly standard cat-and-mouse drama soundtrack, but this is undoubtedly the best you're ever likely to hear it.



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Disney Announces The Recruit for Blu-ray - March 24, 2008

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that they will bring the Al Pacino film 'The Recruit' to Blu-ray on June 3rd. Video will be presented as 1080p AVC and be accompanied by a 5.1 PCM soundtrack. Extras will mirror the DVD release with audio commentary ...


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