Bone Collector

Featured In Issue 113, October 2006

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For strong violent content including grisly images and for language.
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Phillip Noyce
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Based on the book by Jeffery Deaver, The Bone Collector stars Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme, a top homicide investigator sidelined by a devastating accident. He can only listen in frustration as inept cops are baffled by the case of a demented serial killer—that is until he teams up with rookie Amelia Donaghy (Jolie) who becomes his link with the streets as she searches for the clues he needs to identify the sadistic killer.

Special features are pretty bare bones, and are limited to commentary with Director Phillip Noyce, the 22-minute Spotlight On Location featurette, and the theatrical trailer.

The 2.32:1 VC-1-encoded HD DVD picture is good, with rich, natural colors, deep, pure blacks, and fairly good detail throughout. With its well-rendered contrast and impressive shadow delineation, the picture has a nice three-dimensional feel to it, even in the darkest of scenes. It is essential that you watch this in a completely blackened room, as most of the scenes are extremely dark. There are scenes that are not as well detailed as they probably should be, with fine textures difficult to make out. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS® Digital Surround™-encoded 5.1-channel soundtracks are impressive, with very good surround envelopment and a good front stage—at times. Some indoor scenes can be limited to the center channel, but some of the outdoor scenes are very good. Dialogue generally sounds good, although there are times when use of the ADR process is noticeable. Both encodings feature very good fidelity and sound very similar to each other. (Danny Richelieu)