International, The

Featured In Issue 141, July/August 2009

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Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Owen) is determined to expose an arms-dealing ring responsible for facilitating acts of terrorism around the globe. But as his investigation leads Salinger and his partner, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Watts), deeper into the secret world of greed, corruption, and murder, they become targets of a deadly conspiracy so vast, they soon find the only people left to trust are each other. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include commentary with Director Tom Tykwer and Writer Eric Singer; a Salinger & Whitman Extended Scene (HD 11:23); the following featurettes: Making The International (HD 30:07), Shooting At The Guggenheim (SD 06:32), The Architecture Of The International (HD 06:13), and The Autostadt (HD 05:04); previews; BD-Live interactivity; cinechat; picture-in-picture; and up-front ads. There is also a digital copy of the film included.

The 1080p AVC picture is nicely rendered, with a natural, yet edgy, stylized look, with desaturated fleshtones. Blacks are deep and solid, and shadow delineation is revealing of fine details and textures. The color palette exhibits natural hues but, at times, the imagery is a bit desaturated, exhibiting a subdued visual experience. Resolution is excellent and reveals fine facial and textural details in buildings and surfaces. The picture is pristine throughout. This is a fine and intriguing visual experience that perfectly complements the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is often dialogue focused but with good spatial integration. At times the soundtrack delivers an aggressive holosonic® experience, with a wide, expansive soundstage and directionalized surrounds, especially during gunshot exchanges. The music score is terrific, with a well-recorded orchestral score that finely reveals instrument timbres. Bass extension is, at times, deep and powerful, with .1 LFE energy below 25 Hz. This is a well-produced soundtrack that delivers an emotionally enjoyable and enveloping sonic experience. (Gary Reber)