The Recruit [DVD] [2003]

Filled with twists, The Recruit is an engaging movie, and the DVD is equally so. Though supplements aren't heavy, the few are noteworthy. First is a commentary track from director Roger Donaldson and star Colin Farrell. The two bounce off of each other, and are quite entertaining as they cover just about any and all subjects. Also included is a nice 16-minute featurette called "Spy School: Inside the CIA Training Program," which is, obviously, a look at the real CIA, with interviews from the producers and director, but more importantly, CIA veteran Chase Brandon. Finally, four deleted scenes are included with optional commentary from the same two men, but strangely enough, Farrell's notorious language has been censored with annoying beeps. The image, framed at 1.77:1 and anamorphic (in an odd move, the theatrical release was 2.35:1) is natural in every way. Composition is still excellent, while colors and black levels are terrific. It's a typically fine transfer from Touchstone; nothing less would be expected. As for sound, both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks are included, and while the film's tracks seem more centered up front, there is some good use of the surrounds at the appropriate moments. Dialogue is clear, while the bass levels seem right on target.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (16 out of 16)

    Special Features


    • "Spy School: Inside the CIA Training Program" -- never-before-seen look inside the CIA
    • Deleted scenes with optional commentary
    • Feature commentary with director Roger Donaldson and Colin Farrell
    • Director's original 1.77:1 aspect ratio shows more of the film than was presented to theaters
    • Widescreen enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions
    • DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
    • THX-certified
    • French-language track
    • Spanish subtitles
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Recruit
    A brilliant young man is tapped to join the elite branch of American intelligence, only to discover how complex and dangerous the job can really be in this suspense-drama. James Clayton (Colin Farrell) recently completed his studies at MIT, where he graduated at the top of his class and is pondering his next move while he works as a bartender at an upscale nightspot. One evening, Clayton is approached by Walter Burke (Al Pacino), a recruiter for the Central Intelligence Agency, who describes himself as "a scary judge of talent" and believes Clayton is just the sort of man the CIA is looking for. Clayton, who has little interest in an ordinary nine-to-five career and suspects his father (whom Burke claims to have known) worked for the Agency, accepts the offer and is soon sent to the CIA's secret training camp. It soon becomes obvious that Burke's intuition has not failed him; Clayton is smart, fast on his feet, a crack shot, and possesses a very agile mind. In training, Clayton notices a few things, most notably one of his fellow students, Layla (Bridget Moynahan), a beautiful woman whose skills equal his own. Clayton becomes quite infatuated with Layla, and after a fashion the attraction appears to be mutual, but Clayton has to keep in mind Burke's dictum that "nothing is as it seems," especially when Clayton is given a special assignment -- find the mole within the Agency's training program who is actually feeding information to America's enemies. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Al Pacino
      Al Pacino - Walter Burke
    • Colin Farrell
      Colin Farrell - Jim Clayton
    • Bridget Moynahan
      Bridget Moynahan - Layla Moore
    • Gabriel Macht
      Gabriel Macht - Zach Dawson
    • Karl Pruner
      Karl Pruner - Dennis Slayne



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An intreguing mystery inside the world of the CIA.

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      Live2bGreat
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      "In the CIA, nothing is what it seems." So what do we really know about the CIA? NOTHING. What I do know is that this is a very good movie. A film that seeks to inform it's audience about an organization that's shrouded in mystery. The actors give solid performances, the direction of the film is that of a spy thriller but is still grounded in reality and keeps you second guessing yourself throughout. Overall this movie is just cool.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good flick

      Posted
      mstait

      this movie takes you on a lot of twists and turns. just when you think that you have the plot under control, it twists again. great acting by colin ferrell!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Pacino & Farrell Are Excellent

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      Mike
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      I loved this movie! Both Colin Farrell and Al Pacino did excellent acting in this film, plus it keeps you guessing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good DVD

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      434duce
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      A good DVD not to have been in Blu Ray and the price was right. Can you bring out more for the same price but in Blu Ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      great movie

      Posted
      mom54
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      bought this movie for my brother-in-law for Christmas and he really enjoyed the movie. He said it's a great one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Recruit

      Posted
      Kenred007
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      I bought this movie today i am a CIA type movies and Jack Ryan . Collin Farrell is excellent in it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Should be better

      Posted
      mu306
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      A look inside this agency is fascinating, but the movie is often dumb.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      Cliff
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      Great movie with a crazy plot twist at the end. Good cast.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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