Matador, The

Featured In Issue 117, February 2007

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Miramax Home Entertainment
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Richard Shepard
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Danny Wright (Kinnear) is a happily-married salesman who's on a business trip in Mexico City. While sitting at a hotel bar he makes the acquaintance of obnoxious guy Julian Noble (Brosnan), but Danny eventually does warm up to him. The following day the two of them go to a bullfight and as "The Matador" is doing his thing, Julian divulges his little secret—he's a facilitator of fatalities. Six months later Danny is home with his wife Bean (Davis) when Julian shows up unannounced and wanting some help with one more job—a job that involves the by-the-book straight arrow Danny. (Tricia Spears)

Special features are the same as those found on the DVD: a seven-minute "Making The Matador" featurette; commentary with Director Richard Shepard; commentary with Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, and Shepard; 11 deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Shepard; two Radio Spots with director Richard Shepard; the theatrical trailer; a TV Spot; and up-front ads.

The H.264 AVC-encoded 2.35:1 HD DVD exhibits well-rendered colors, deep blacks, and accurate fleshtones. Details are resolved nicely, although fine textures are somewhat soft. Some source element artifacts can be seen from time to time. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel encoding is not much different from the Dolby encoding with the DVD, although there is a slight increase in overall fidelity, especially in the bass. The soundtrack is very reliant on the front three screen channels, with the surrounds all but ignored in some scenes. (Danny Richelieu)