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Movie Renter's Guide - March, 2008

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"Hitman" (Blu-ray)

movie-hitman.jpgSynopsis

Agent 47 (Olyphant) from the video game comes to the big screen.

When Interpol officer Mike Whittier (Scott) is called to Africa to investigate an assassination of rebels, he knows the work of Agent 47 when he sees it.

He tracks 47 to St. Petersburg, Russia, but has not discovered who his next target is.

Then, Russian President Mikhail Belicoff (Thomsen) is murdered, and Mike joins the KGB in hunting down 47 before he does any more damage.

Meanwhile, 47 meets Nika Boronina (Kurylenko), who tells him that she is Belicoff's mistress and that he is trying to kill her. But, 47 says he assassinated Belicoff.

47 says he will protect her if she helps him find out whether Belicoff, or his double, is now running the country.

 

Specifications

  • Twentieth Century Fox
    2007, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 34 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 16 Mbps
  • English/Spanish DD 5.1, English DTS HD Master Lossless Audio
  • Directed by Xavier Gens
  • Starring Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Michael Offei, Olga Kurylenko, Ulrich Thomsen
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: Frontal Nudity
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

The movie has a video game look to it, because it comes from a video game. Lots of wide angle views from above, just like the game. It is hard to follow the story because it assumes you are already familiar with the game, which has an established plot.

Technical

The image and sound are very good, but perhaps just a bit too much contrast, and not enough use of surrounds. This is a single layer disc, encoded using AVC at 16 Mbps, which is a bit lower than you would see with a satellite or cable HD broadcast, so the image quality could have been much better.

Extras

Besides various featurettes on disc 1, there is a second disc that has a low bit rate version of the movie for uploading to your iPod or PC.