Adjustment Bureau, The

Featured In Issue 158, July/August 2011

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image
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George Nolfi
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On the brink of winning a U.S. Senate seat, charismatic politician David Norris (Damon) meets Elise Sellas (Blunt), a woman unlike any he's ever known. As he realizes he's falling madly in love with the beautiful, contemporary ballet dancer, strangers conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the men of The Adjustment Bureau, who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent the pair from spending the rest of their lives together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must decide whether to accept his predetermined path and let her go...or defy fate and risk everything to be with the woman he loves. Based on the short story "Adjustment Team" by Philip K. Dick. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director George Nolfi; "The Labyrinth Of Doors: Interactive Map Of New York," which triggers a short video pod, either with a behind-the-scenes look at that location with cast and crew or a scene from the film that took place there (HD 33:57); "Leaping Through New York" through interviews with Matt Damon, Nolfi, Special Effects Coordinator Mark Russell, and Producers Michael Hackett and Chris Moore (HD 07:36); the featurettes Destined To Be (HD 04:51) and Becoming Elise (HD 07:08); six deleted and extended scenes (HD 06:54); BD-Live functionality; My Scenes; D-BOX® Motion Code™; and a downloadable digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p VC-1 picture exhibits a crisp, natural appearance with strong saturated color throughout. Hues are warm and deep with rich tones that, at times, are vibrantly rendered. Fleshtones are naturally hued and revealing of subtle tonal variations. Resolution is excellent, with fine details displayed in facial features, clothing, and object textures. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation that exhibits good dimensionality. This is an excellent visual experience that delivers a colorful, cinematic, and vibrant picture. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely executed, with a well-recorded orchestral score that extends widely across the soundstage and into the surrounds. Bass extension is solid and provides a strong foundation to the soundtrack, with moments of sub-25 Hz energy that energizes the more action sequences. Atmospherics and sound effects are generally reserved but at times excite the sonics. Dialogue is natural sounding, with decent spatial integration. The D-BOX Motion Code effect is gently supporting throughout, with moments of intensity. Overall this is a well-produced soundtrack that is perfectly supportive of the storytelling, with appropriate moments of aggressive surround envelopment. (Gary Reber)