Although many critics regarded Phillip Noyce's gloomy serial killer movie as too formulaic, it was nevertheless an interesting post-Seven entry in the genre, and showcased the talents of two of Hollywood's most popular actors, Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. If anything, Universal's DVD edition is better than the actual film, offering high audio-visual quality and a good selection of extra features. Although it is easy to take anamorphic widescreen picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound for granted, with a film such as The Bone Collector the advantages are palpable. Noyce's stylishly grim visuals are given real depth and clarity, and the darkly atmospheric score is exquisitely delivered. The additional features, accessed via a truly disturbing menu selection screen, include the original theatrical trailer for the film. There are also filmographies of the main protagonists, DVD-ROM features, and the welcome addition of an isolated soundtrack. The 22-minute behind-the-scenes featurette is better than most, actually bothering to get some interesting and extensive contributions from the talent involved in The Bone Collector. Probably the best feature on this disc is Noyce's audio commentary. Although he modestly describes them as "rambling recollections," Noyce's observations are consistently well judged and informative. Whatever The Bone Collector's failures, this DVD edition is excellent, and perhaps even demands a positive reassessment of the film itself.
Spotlight on location
Feature commentary with director Phillip Noyce
Dolby and DTS audio tracks
Cast and filmmakers
Denzel WashingtonLincoln Rhyme
Angelina JolieAmelia Donaghy
Michael RookerCapt. Howard Cheney
Mike McGloneDetective Kenny Soloman
Luis GuzmanEddie Ortiz
Leland OrserRichard Thompson
John Benjamin HickeyDr. Barry Lehman
Ed O'NeillDetective Paulie Sellitto
Fulvio CecereForensics Expert
Louis A. StrollerProducer
Michael S. BregmanProducer
Craig ArmstrongComposer (Music Score)
Nigel PhelpsProduction Designer
Claude PareSupervising Art Director
Bo DietlAssociate Producer
Dan JinksExecutive Producer
Odette GadouryCostume Designer
Simon KayeSound/Sound Designer
Robert GrasmereSecond Unit Director
Police Detective Film,Psychological Thriller
The Bone Collector
Year of Release
Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1), Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
I had this in VHS which still plays fine. But converting my favorites over to dvd/blu-ray whenever I can. I have watched this movie several times and the new tv show. But this feature with Denzel Washington is the better. But will probably get the tv seasons also. No matter how many times I have seen this, I still get so involved in the suspense. It is a hand sitting, fingernail biting, surprise ending every time. Even knowing what will happen and how it ends. Love it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 year when reviewed.
I went to the movies to see this film. I love the movie itself, but the purchase could have been better in price and look. It is a good buy for quality of the film.