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Echelon Conspiracy

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (For Sequences Of Intense Violence and Action, Some Sexuality and Brief Language)

Running Time: 105 Minutes

Starring: Shane West, Ed Burns, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Pryce, Sergey Gubanov, Tamara Feldman and Martin Sheen

Screenplay by: Michael Nitsberg and Kevin Elders
Story by: Michael Nitsberg

Directed by: Greg Marcks

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: None

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1,  English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (15 Scenes)

Released: July 21st, 2009


 

"Echelon Conspiracy" is presented in an anamorphic widescreen transfer, with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Contrast is overly up on this transfer, resulting in plenty of edge halos and noise. The overall look to the movie is a bit on the soft side, too. But the film's filtered color scheme of steely blues and silvers is saturated well, while fleshtones hit their mark and black levels are solid. Detail is pretty strong, too. Not perfect, but pleasing and fitting enough. 

 

"Echelon Conspiracy" is given the English Dolby Digital 5.1 treatment, and it makes for a pretty rocking track. Surrounds are lush and plentiful, that definitely put you with the action. Be it gunfire or trains roaring buy, the sound effects are pretty discrete. The overall sonic landscape to the track is pretty impressive, with good imaging of said surrounds, high fidelity and an overly broad soundstage. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and the music — such as Bobby Tahouri's score and the licensed music used — bring an extra bump of life to the proceedings. Also standing out is the use of the .1 LFE, which is used appropriately, never sounds weak and goes right along with the action. Given the film's low budget and nature, I was pleasantly surprised how enveloping this track was. 

Subtitles in English, Spanish and French are included, as are English closed captions via your television.

 

Nothing but previews.

"Echelon Conspiracy" is yet another thriller with technology and paranoia on its mind, one that did not get much of a theatrical release. The DVD release sports a strong presentation, but no extras. In the wake of similar thrillers, this one might get lost on DVD shelves too, but should prove to be a decent weekend rental for those who enjoy these sort of movies.