Check out our review of this crime, comedy romance from director Brett Ratner that tells the story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, retires, and while in paradise, can’t seem to shake the determined FBI agent who promised to capture him.
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Warner - 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 97 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Wood Harrelson, Don Cheadle, Naomi Harris
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Music by: Lalo Schifrin
Written by: Paul Zbyszewski & Craig Rosenberg
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 7, 2015
"Who will walk away?"
Two master thieves, Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) and his beautiful accomplice Lola (Salma Hayek), have escaped to the Bahamas to relax and enjoy their hard-earned riches. But Stan (Woody Harrelson), the FBI agent trailing Max, refuses to believe that his nemesis is calling it quits. He suspects Max and Lola of plotting to steal the last Napoleon diamond, coincidentally scheduled to arrive on the island as part of a cruise ship exhibition. While Lola is content with settling into their new life of leisure, Max contemplates stealing the diamond. Now the question is, will he get back into the heist game – and will Stan finally catch him?
It would be fair to say that over the years I have found the majority of Brett Ratner’s film’s to be to my liking. After the sunset is among my personal favorites but captures the essence of what I like about his style of filmmaking. It’s a sort of heist/comedy/romance hybrid that is short on story but plays well toward the strengths of its characters/cast. The lone exception being the character of Henri Moore played by my man Don Cheadle. I found this character to be an unnecessary add on that completely wasted Cheadle’s talents. Short on story or not, I enjoyed the comedic banter/back and forth between Stan (Harrelson) and Max (Brosnan). Salma Hayek’s beautiful physical form literally steals every scene she is in while Naomi Harris’ startling good looks came in a close second. The elements of the storyline associated with the heists is the weak link in the chain but truth be told the plot really centers around the contentiousness between Max and Stan.
If you’re a fan of Brett Ratner’s particular flair for buddy/crime/comedy flicks After the sunset is a serviceable diversion when the seriousness of life requires something light. I am pleased to be able to replace my DVD with this Blu-ray release from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.
The rating is for sexuality, violence and language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Low frequency effects:
- Surround Sound presentation:
- Dialogue Reproduction:
- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
- DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Black Level/Shadow Detail:
- Color Reproduction:
After the sunset comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio that has an average bitrate of 3.5 Mbps.
This is a pleasing high definition video presentation that appears to render the film’s elements faithfully. Resolution is notable as images are firmly resolved, with defining sharpness and two dimensional depth. The film is adorned by a permeating sepia toned aesthetic that combines with its use of soft chromatic warmth to set the thematic tone intended by the filmmakers. Fleshtones appear descriptive with discernible complexional variety that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast. Blacks are a solid shade of deep black with excellent dynamic range and discernible highlights. Contrast is well balanced which enriches both light and dark onscreen elements. There is a light veneer of grain that provides a mildly textured and film like essence.
The lossless soundtrack delivers clear dialogue and punchy dynamics that come wrapped in a presentation that is more or less front channel oriented but where applicable provides ambience and occasional discrete sounds that provide a tangible level of immersion (the underwater skin diving sequence is a good example). Overall I found this to be a gratifying high definition audio/video presentation that improved upon the DVD release while complimenting the source material.
- Blooper Reel – 5 minutes
- Feature Commentary with Director Brett Ratner
- Before during and After the Sunset Documentary – 70 minutes
- Interview With A Jewel Thief Documentary – 8 minutes
- The Charlie Rose Show: featuring Brett Ratner, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Pierce Brosnan – 18 minutes
- Deleted scenes
- Deleted/Alternate scenes with filmmaker audio commentary
- Special effects comparison
- Max & Lola pretending to make love for Stan’s bug
- A practical joke Brett played on Pierce
After the sunset isn’t among the best films of its type from director Brett Ratner but I find it enjoyable. It makes its high definition debut on Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring rewarding high definition audio/video that easily bests its previous standard definition DVD release and includes the legacy supplemental material. Having owned the DVD since day one I am pleased to replace it with this high definition upgrade. If you’re a fan of After the sunset this Blu-ray offering comes recommended.
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