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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
Directed by: Greg Marcks
Retail Price: $39.99
Specs: 2.35:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (15 Scenes)
Released: July 21st, 2009
For this Blu-ray release, "Echelon Conspiracy" sports a 1080p high definition widescreen presentation, in the aspect ratio of 2.35:1. This is an overly robust and sharp presentation, that is quite pleasing to the eye. Detail is certainly fantastic, while black levels are rather strong and fleshtones look rather accurate. Color saturation is also excellent, be it colored city streets or the pale walls of government buildings. But it's really the movie's overly filtered look that stands out — the visuals here are colorful and bold (the steely blues certainly look quite good). In all, this is a pretty piercing, crisply stark transfer that fits the movie's tone rather well.
"Echelon Conspiracy" is given a English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track for this Blu-ray release, one that certainly gets the job done. Overall, the sounds have a lot of depth here that definitely bring you further into all the paranoia and action. There's quite a bit of action in the movie, and it makes for a pretty booming track that often grabs you. Typical gunshots sound rather discrete along with the rest of the surrounds, but the movie's opening with roaring trains certainly stand out. Dialogue is very clear and easy to hear, and the movie's music — such as the licensed songs and Bobby Tahouri's compositions — offer a strong presence throughout. The .1 LFE also gets a fine work out, and is used fittingly throughout the movie. Fidelity is pretty high too and imaging of surrounds is overly solid. This is a pretty engaging track, overall.
Subtitles in English, Spanish and French are included, as are English closed captions via your television.
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"Echelon Conspiracy" is yet another thriller with technology and paranoia on its mind, one that did not get much of a theatrical release. The Blu-ray release sports a strong presentation that edges out the standard DVD version, 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.