Blu-ray Review: THE USUAL SUSPECTS

MGM/Fox Home Entertainment
Release date: May 10th, 2011
MSRP: $34.98

The Usual Suspects is, in my opinion, one of the best crime films of the last 25 years. Director Bryan Singer and writer Chris McQuarrie crafted an exquisite tale that was blessed by the cinematic gods. How else do you explain a good performance by Stephen Baldwin?

Five cons (Well, four cons and one ex-con) are brought in for questioning regarding a hijacked load of weapson. While in a holding cell, they begin talking and soon agree to work together on a job that will bring them money and allow them to get a bit of revenge against New York’s finest.

But one job turns into two and they find themselves on the wrong side of a legendary crime boss. Faced with the options of accepting a job with a high chance of death and turning it down and risking not just their own lives, but those closest to them, the crew takes on one final job.

Video: The film is presented in 1080p with a ratio of 2.39:1. Visually, the film looks good. The clothes look sharp and the colors stand out nicely. There is a bit of dirt, but not enough to bother me too much.

Audio: The main audio track is DTS-HD 5.1. Sound is good, but this is not a film filled with audio effects. The mix of dialogue and music is very good. In addition to the main track, there is also French Dolby Digital 2.0 and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

There is also English, English SDH and Spanish subtitles.

Extras: Nope. This is just stupid. At the very least, transfer the DVD extras over.

Any excuse to watch TUS is a good one. It is every bit as good as I remembered. I can’t understand why MGM has not opted to deliver a proper BD release with bells and whistles, but folks simply looking for an HD version of the film will find this suitable.