Plot: What’s it about?
Robert McDougal (Sean Connery) is a master thief, and even though he is getting a bit long in the tooth, his name still holds a place among the elite of the profession. In other words, whenever a priceless painting or artifact comes up missing, McDougal is the first name mentioned. Virginia Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is a young insurance investigator, who has studied McDougal’s work for a while now, and attempts to learn his patterns and technique. She soon gets the chance to study him very closely, when her employer sends her on a mission to track him down, and discover whether or not he has valuable painting that was recently stolen. Once she meets up with him, we learn that she uses her profession merely as a smoke screen for her own thievery, and asks McDougal to put her through the paces to improve her skills. McDouglas is reluctant to trust her, since there is no honor among thieves, and keeps everything within sight as far as Virginia goes. His tensions ease after the two successfully steal an artifact from a museum, and Virginia offers McDougal a cut into one of the biggest heists of all time, worth a cool eight billion dollars! In order to pull off this legendary heist, the two are forced to trust each other, with their lives hanging in the balance, but will their trust be rewarded, or is this just part of another scam?
With Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the leading roles, you know the movie is pack some serious punch, mixing action, suspense, and sex appeal all into one movie. Connery (The Rock, Goldfinger) is nothing short of a film icon, who can still pack the place with his presence. And of course, Zeta-Jones pulls in the male populace, although her acting still has plenty of room for improvement. Zeta-Jones (The Haunting, The Mask of Zorro) may not have depth as an actress, but her performance here is quite adequate, relying more on charisma than skill. The two work very well together, and their chemistry is what makes the movie so good. It’s also of note how well the two actors keep their distance, working as two thieves, as opposed to a team, which is also vital to the movie. The supporting cast consists of smaller, but still important roles, played by Will Patton (Armageddon, The Postman), Kevin McNally (Poldark, Cry Freedom), David Yip (Ping Pong), and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission Impossible). The director of Entrapment, Jon Amiel, also directed such films as Sommersby, Copycat, and The Man Who Knew Too Little.
Video: How does it look?
Entrapment is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is, as expected, an improvement over the standard edition, but the leap isn’t as substantial as I’d like. I know I can’t use the same scale for Entrapment as I would use for Open Season or Crank, but its hard not to do so. The image here has much greater clarity than before, with a crisper and sharper overall presence, which should please fans. I wouldn’t call detail razor sharp, but close ups look excellent and compared to the standard version, subtle detail is more prominent. I found contrast to be stark and consistent, while colors are natural and bright. This is a good transfer, one that is better than the standard release, but don’t set your expectations too high.
Audio: How does it sound?
The DTS HD soundtrack on deck is a good one, able to balance the subtle scenes with the more dynamic ones, without missing a single step. The surrounds don’t rumble throughout, but there is a good amount of power to be found at times. The atmosphere is well crafted and you’ll hear a lot of background elements and small touches that add to the experience. You’ll feel like you’re in on the heists yourself, which as I said, makes the experience more immersive. As far as dialogue, I heard no errors from the vocals, while the music is clear and crisp, with good presence. This disc also includes French and Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Not all the supplements have been ported over, but a couple extras made the transition. Jon Amiel provides his directorial insights, but the track is rather bland. He covers a lot of production topics, from the cast to the special effects, but none are examined with much substance. Even if you love the movie itself, there simply isn’t enough worthwhile information here to warrant investing the time and effort. This disc also includes the film’s theatrical trailer.