Bounty Hunter, The

Featured In Issue 149, July/August/September 2010

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In "The Bounty Hunter," Milo Boyd (Butler), a former cop turned bounty hunter, lands is dream assignment when he is hired to track down his ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Aniston). He thinks it will be easy money, but he soon realizes that nothing is ever easy with him and Nicole. They're continually one-upping each other—until circumstances take a turn and they find themselves on the run together for their lives. They thought their vows to love, honor, and obey were challenging, but staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three featurettes: "Making Of The Bounty Hunter" (HD 17:42), "Stops Along The Road: Hunting Locations" (HD 11:21), and "Rules For Outwitting A Bounty Hunter!" (HD 01:21); upfront previews; BD-Live functionality; plus a digital copy of the film.

The 1080p AVC picture is deeply saturated with vivid and rich hues that excite the screen. Fleshtones, at times, are pushed to reddish tints and not always natural looking. Tans are in style in various scenes and reds are deeply rendered. Contrast is excellent, with deep and solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is generally good, especially during closeups of facial features and object textures. Dimensional perspective also is quite good. At times the picture looks terrific. But the picture overall looks pushed in terms of color saturation, which while producing vivid images, appears unnaturally exaggerated. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1 soundtrack is conventional, with production and ADR dialogue that is inconsistent in spatial integration. Still, dialogue is perfectly intelligible. Atmospheric sound effects are prominent throughout, with a subtle surround presence. The music is a lively mixed bag and is aggressively present in the surround channels. Some selections are recorded well, with a wide and deep soundstage and excellent instrument timbre. But without the music the focus is the frontal channels. In the action sequences the .1 LFE channel is at times energized. The soundtrack sounds "produced" and over active, with forward-sounding dialogue. Overall, this is an unremarkable and mediocre soundtrack. (Gary Reber)