This movie could well be the biggest single disappointment in cinema since the turn of the millennium and it's still a good movie, the problem, it should of been a masterpiece.
When you weigh up the armoury it possesses, great concept, stellar cast and the incredible Martin Scorsese at the helm. It promises so much but I remember leaving the cinema feeling let down. Expectation can be a bad thing with movies, but when you consider all that this had going for it, you can't help but have nothing but the highest of those.
At the very least it should of bettered "Infernal Affairs" of which this is a remake of, and yet it even fails on this.
The problem is pacing and sub-plots, the original didn't have the love interest and it doesn't really serve a purpose here other than to detract from the main story. There is nothing about this movie that raises itself to anything more than standard fare. It fizzles rather than exploding, it gets bogged down in too much exposition and never really takes flight. By the end you look back on it and wonder...........what was the point!
Jack Nicholson is the best of the bunch but then again so he should be, he's given all the best lines and appears to be the only actor who was given freedom to experiment and supply some theatrics to his performance. The great Alec Baldwin comes away with credit mind you, but he doesn't get enough screen time.
What an opportunity missed, and yet this is the movie which finally garnered Marty with his long overdue best Director Oscar, it a funny old game!
Warner Brothers have granted this feature with a VC-1 encoded, 2.40:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of fantastic quality.
Colour and saturation are the discs biggest triumph. The image is extremely vibrant with vivid colours and perfect contrast. Detail and clarity does differ on occasion but this is due to Scorsese's fondness for adding a glare effect in post production. He will sacrifice pin-sharp detail for increased colour and contrast by digitally enhancing these aspects. Skin tones are consistently spot on.
Blacks are wonderfully strong and remain inky and rich with great delineation, the scene where De Caprio is followed at night by Matt Damon is the best example of this.
We do not suffer any compression or edge enhancement. Digital artefacts are nowhere to be seen. The grain is barely visible but is proof of no digital scrubbing.
This is a top notch transfer and is just shy of reference quality.
Film 3.5/5 Transfer 4.5/5