The American

'Best in Blu-ray' is a weekly column that runs on Tuesday; we sift through the week's new releases and recommend titles for both the Blu-ray veteran and newbie, as well as the coolest special feature (unique to the format) and most intriguing rental.

For Blu-ray Vets:

'The American'

Twitter Tag Line: George Clooney stars as a haunted hit man contemplating his bleak future in a low-key, mesmerizing drama.

New Features Unique to Blu-ray: They range "from the expected BD-Live and My Scenes to video time-lines, Mobile and even keyboard accessible features (all through 'pocket blu'). This was the anticipated interactive direction of digital home theater and this release has it all - complete for the geek in you keen on indulging." (DVD Beaver)

Transfer/Audio: "Looks clean, consistent and textured. ... Colors and hues seem realistic without being falsely exuberant." (DVD Beaver)

Replay Value: Our reviewer, Todd Gilchrist, calls it "a noble failure," but yours truly begs to differ; it's stayed in my head since a theatrical viewing more than three months ago. Obviously, it's the kind of moody movie that won't appeal to everyone -- don't expect a standard action flick -- but veteran Blu-ray owners should appreciate the plush color palette and the immersive quality of the viewing experience. Pour yourself an espresso and allow the drama to wash over you. Also, tip your hat to photographer-turned-director Anton Corbijn (the great 'Control') and his keen eye for framing gorgeous shots. And let's not forget the bonus of a spectacularly undraped Violante Placido.
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