Mechanic, The

Featured In Issue 158, July/August 2011

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Arthur Bishop (Statham) is a Mechanic—an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed—he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harry's son (Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette Tools Of The Trade: Inside The Action (HD 07:48), five deleted and extended scenes (HD 10:54), up-front previews, movieIQ, and BD-Live functionality.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is exceptionally detailed, for a superb visual experience. Every nuance is revealing of fine texture and detail, especially during close-ups of facial features, clothing, and objects. At times the imagery is perfectly natural in appearance; at other times there is a slight amber tint that exhibits a golden hue, especially in fleshtones. Fleshtones in some scenes exhibit a slight orangish tone. The finely grained cinematic quality enhances the edginess. Dimensionality is nicely exhibited in several scenes. Overall, this is a sharp and pristine visual experience that will not disappoint. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamically rendered, with an aggressive surround presence during the more action sequences. The music is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends into the surrounds. Atmospheric and sound effects are naturally delivered and, at times, are directionalized in the surrounds. Gunfire and explosions are delivered with intensity and are enhanced with strong .1 LFE energy that extends deeply to the sub-25 Hz frequencies, but consistently sounds natural. Dialogue sounds generally natural but, at times, chesty due to close-miking and ADR. Overall, the music really carries the action, and the soundtrack sometimes delivers an exiting holosonic® soundfield experience that will please action fans. (Gary Reber)