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(Special Edition)

ENTRAPMENT ($35) is a very slick and effective high tech caper movie in which nothing is ever what it seems. Sean Connery stars as Robert "Mac" MacDougal, a master thief that no one has ever been able to catch in the act. Catherine Zeta-Jones portrays Virginia "Gin" Baker, the seemingly obsessed insurance investigator, who would like nothing better than to catch Mac with his hand in the cookie jar. Gin devises a plan to get the goods on Mac by becoming his partner in a heist, and then turn him over to the authoritiesÖ or will she? ENTRAPMENT climaxes with a once-in-a-lifetime, multibillion-dollar heist that takes advantage of precise timing and the millennium computer bug.

This movie features some spectacular locations, as well as some very well devised action sequences. In fact, the filmís heist sequences are beautifully staged and breathtakingly executed. Additionally, ENTRAPMENT delivers more than its quotient of eye candy, with Miss Zeta-Jones being the biggest pieceÖ Letís face it; there isnít a single moment in this film that she doesnít look absolutely stunning. I know this to be a fact, since she always had my undivided attention. My only quibble with this delightful bit of popcorn entertainment is the age disparity between the two leading players. Sean Connery has lost none of his charm; in fact he is still absolutely magnetic on the screen. However, when paired with Catherine Zeta-Jones Connery looks too grandfatherly to be taken seriously as her romantic interest. I will admit that both of them are remarkably good in their roles, however to bring the romantic element a bit closer to reality, one or the other should have been paired with another performer who is a couple of decades closer in age. The cast of ENTRAPMENT also features fine supporting performances from Ving Rhames, Will Patton, Maury Chaykin, Kevin McNally, Terry O'Neill, Madhav Sharma and David Yip.

This is the second time 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has issued ENTRAPMENT on DVD. The first time out, ENTRAPMENT was offer in a bare bones wide screen presentation that did not even contain the anamorphic enhancement. Fortunately, that disc has been discontinued and replaced by a wide screen Special Edition DVD that fully recreates the filmís 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio, plus being enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. Image quality on this DVD is absolutely first rate, as it should be on any big budget Hollywood production coming off of it theatrical run. Everything appears crisp and finely detailed throughout the film. Colors are fully saturated, with appealing flesh tones and no traces of chroma noise or bleeding. Blacks are reference quality, plus the image boasts terrific shadow detail and incredibly smooth contrast, delivering a very film like appearance. Digital compression artifacts rarely made their presence known on this well authored, dual layered DVD.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has a solid mix that is as pleasing to the ears as Catherine Zeta-Jones is to the eyes. There is excellent channel separation across the forward soundstage and the surround channels are fairly lively throughout the proceedings, although utilization of split effects is somewhat limited. The filmís climax is especially well mixed and very engrossing, it really pulls the viewer into a few dire situations with the filmís two stars. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and always intelligible. Christopher Youngís musical score is well integrated into the sound mix and takes full advantage of both the forward and rear speakers. The bass channel isnít particularly active, but when required, it firms up the sound quite nicely. English and French Dolby Surround soundtracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and Spanish subtitles.

ENTRAPMENT features wonderfully designed and implemented interactive menus that contain both animation and sound. These superb menus really enhance the DVD experience on this disc and I hope the rest of the industry takes notice. Through the menu system, one can access the standard scene selection and set up features as well as the DVDís nice array of supplements. Director Jon Amiel provides a full running audio commentary that overflows with information about the production. Its obvious from his track record that Amiel likes talking about his films, and itís a good thing that the director has a lot to say about each. Other supplements include an alternate ending and deleted scenes with directorís commentary. Additionally, a featurette is provided on the DVD, as are theatrical trailers and TV spots. Cast biographies and production notes fill out the DVDís supplements.

If you are looking for glossy Hollywood entertainment with some thrills and a few twists, ENTRAPMENT really canít be beat. The Special Edition DVD certainly delivers the goods in regard to image quality and sound, plus there are a number of solid supplements certain to please the fans.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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