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Review by Marc Girdler | posted January 31, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie: Mac (Sean Connery) is a legend in the stories of art theft. He's pulled off heists most thieves only dream of, and he always escapes with his goods, and life intact. Even as stories circulate, no one can be sure Mac has ever broken a law, his skills always covering tracks, but everyone knows Mac is a criminal by trade. So when a Rembrandt is taken from it's posh resting place, all suspicions turn toward Mac. No evidence, just reputation alone. The stolen painting means some serious insurance payout, so the insurance company sends Virginia Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to gather information and deduce whether or not Mac was responsible. Baker and Mac form a partnership of sorts, but you can't trust anyone in Mac's business, so he keeps his guard up. The two then begin a great back and forth, in which true identities are revealed, and we never know who's conning who. But the heist of a lifetime is right around the corner, and billions of dollars are on the line. Can trust exist in the craft of thieves?

Video: Entrapment is presented in a beautiful 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The film was brought to home video shortly after it left theaters, so the print is free from wear signs, which was to be expected. The film uses some wonderful shots of scenic landscapes, and they look magical here. When a film features some wonderful backgrounds I love it, and when the disc makes them shine, it's even better. Colors are excellent, with vivid hues and natural flesh tones. Black levels are correct, which is good because shadows are frequently visible. Compression errors were non existent, the only flaw to this visual transfer is the lack of 16X9 enhancement.

Audio: The movie, contrary to what it appears, is not an action type film, it's a character study filled with tension and suspense. The disc uses a 5.1 track, but you wouldn't know it, as the audio is dialogue driven and usually dwells in the front channels. The sound does open up during some chase scenes, but aside from that, it's front channel city, baby. Dialogue is smooth as silk, which is good since it drives this movie.

Extras: Even though the disc is high priced (MSRP= 34.99), Fox chose to leave the disc bare bones, including only the theatrical trailer and a bonus trailer for Connery's Rising Sun.

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