Inside Man

Featured In Issue 141, July/August 2009

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When Dalton Russell (Owen) and his gang take over a bank full of hostages, Detective Keith Frazier (Washington) is called to the scene of the crime. After Frazier unsuccessfully tries to negotiate with the mastermind thief, the bank's president, Arthur Case (Plummer), becomes involved. He calls in negotiator Madeleine White (Foster) to try and change Russell's mind, but the Inside Man knows her employee's secrets and has no intention of leaving the bank before getting what he came for. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include commentary with Director Spike Lee, the featurettes The Making Of Inside Man (SD 10:20) and Number 4 (HD 10:08), five deleted scenes (SD 24:31), and BD-Live interactivity.

The 1080p VC-1 picture exhibits the same qualities as the previously reviewed DVD in Issue 112. Although long shots can look overly soft, the picture can be quite detailed, easily showing off the intricacies of the different textures in the footage well. Shadow delineation is good, as is contrast. Blacks are deep and shadow delineation is revealing. Fleshtones appear natural, but at times, are intentionally distorted during flash-forward stylized scenes. Picture quality is uneven but purposely so. Some scenes are warmly hued and look perfectly natural. Overall, this is a solid image and an intriguing stylization. (Gary Reber/Danny Richelieu)

For much of the presentation, as with the DVD's Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack, the DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced, with decent-sounding dialogue and subtle atmospheric effects. At times, dialogue is a bit forward, and during emotional yelling and screaming, scenes are a bit muffled. The music score is fabulous and nicely recorded, with a wide and deep soundstage that wraps well into the surround channels. Occasionally, surround center back phantom imaging is present and effective. The film occasionally jumps into the future, and these scenes are given a surreal, floating characteristic with the corner full-range channels, which, when combined with the stylized video, easily separates these scenes from the present. At times, SPL is full energy and the soundfield becomes nicely holosonically® enveloping. The lossless encoding definitely improves fidelity and resolution. This is a terrific soundtrack that sounds impressively dynamic and enveloping. (Gary Reber)