Featured In Issue 142, September 2009

WSR Score3.5
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Sexual material including some suggestive dialogue, some violence and thematic content
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Steve Shill
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When successful financial advisor Derek Charles (Elba) settles into a new Los Angeles neighborhood with his loving wife Sharon (Knowles) and young son Kyle, everything seems perfect. But when a beautiful temp, Lisa (Larter), joins the firm, Derek's life takes a strange turn. After a misunderstood encounter at the company holiday party, Lisa begins to spiral out of control—putting Derek's career in jeopardy and Sharon's marriage and life on the line. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three featurettes: Girl Fight! (HD 11:13)—a rundown of the film's climatic fight sequence between Beyoncé Knowles and Ali Larter, narrated by Director Steve Shill and Stunt Coordinator Lance Gilbert; Playing Together Nicely (HD 15:37)—Director Shill and Producer Will Packer discuss the film's casting and Screenwriter David Loughrey discusses his experience writing the script; and Obsessed: Dressed To Kill (HD 09:30) with Costume Designer Maya Lieberman; plus upfront previews; BD-Live interactivity; and a digital copy of the film.

The 1080p AVC picture quality is outstanding. The imagery is perfectly natural and "alive," with superb contrast and color fidelity. Blacks are deep and solid, and shadow delineation is revealing of fine textures and scene depth, though, in a few instances such detail is lost. Colors are accurate and perfectly hued, with a richness and warmth that is impressive. Fleshtones are accurate and revealing of fine complexion shades. Resolution also is impressive and exhibits fine facial features and details in clothes and objects. Dimensionality also enhances the sense of "being there" or looking in. This is a terrific visual experience that is sure to please. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack employs conventional production sound, but while dialogue is narrowly focused on the center channel, the sound is well-integrated spatially. The music score is nicely recorded, with a wide soundstage that extends well into the surrounds. The music, which is prominent throughout and effectively sets the mood, is essentially the only surround element. Otherwise, the soundtrack is monaural focused. Just occasionally there is a faint surround signal produced from atmospheric sound effects, which is never strong enough to convey the presence of surround envelopment. While fidelity is very good, overall, this is a conventional soundtrack that is frontal focused and fails to really enhance the suspense. (Gary Reber)