We take a look at the Blu-ray edition of Enemy of the State to see how it measures up.
While Ridley Scott gets the acclaim for bloated blockbusters like Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, it’s his brother Tony who deserves a place in every home cinema addict’s heart. From Top Gun to Crimson Tide, The Last Boy Scout to Man on Fire, he has continually delivered the kind of glossy spectacle that is tailor made for big screen entertainment and doesn’t require you to engage your brain cells.
The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Enemy of the State isn’t up to the same standard as Man on Fire, but is an engaging and wonderfully daft thriller about a Washington DA (Will Smith) who is unwittingly given a tape tying an NSA agent to a murder. More obsessed with technology than characters or story, the film plays out like The Conversation rewritten by a hyperactive fifteen year old, with the philosophical and sociological parts replaced with car chases and muscular six-packs. Dumb, but still fun.
One of the best-looking titles from Buena Vista’s first-wave of Blu-ray releases, Enemy of the State’s 1080p transfer does a fine job of capturing the crisp, cold detail of the film. The clarity of the uncompressed audio is impressive too, and while it might not blow you away, it’s a perfect representation of the original and a significant step-up from the DVD’s DD5.1 mix. Sadly, other than a few deleted scenes, the only extras are a pair of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Curiously, while sourced from the DVD of the extended movie cut this Blu-ray release only has the theatrical version.