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Enemy of the State: Special Edition (1998)

Enemy of the State: Special Edition (1998)

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Released 8-May-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Making Of
Featurette-All Access: The Showdown
Deleted Scenes-4
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1998
Running Time 126:43
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (86:05) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Tony Scott

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Will Smith
Gene Hackman
Jon Voight
Regina King
Loren Dean
Jake Busey
Barry Pepper
Gabriel Byrne
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $29.95 Music Trevor Rabin
Harry Gregson-Williams

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Spanish Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Enemy Of The State came out on DVD a few years ago as a bare bones disc and has now been re-released as a Special Edition. For this re-release, we are given a decent number of extras to accompany a good action suspense movie. Enemy Of The State is a Jerry Bruckheimer production, the man responsible for other blockbusters such as Con Air, The Rock and Crimson Tide.

    Enemy Of The State tells the story of Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith), a successful Washington, D.C. Attorney. Dean seems to have it all; a great job, a loving family, until one day he bumps into a old college buddy of his while shopping for a present for his wife. His college buddy looks distressed and asks Dean to help him, but before he can make any sense of what is going on, his friend runs out of the store. Dean leaves the store a minute later and discovers to his horror that his college buddy has just been killed. Unbeknownst to Dean, his buddy had some very valuable evidence in his possession which he slipped into Dean's shopping bag, evidence showing a high-ranking NSA official's (Jon Voight's) involvement in a political murder. Security cameras from the shop show that the package was dropped into Dean's bag, and the NSA will do whatever it takes to retrieve the incriminating evidence. This includes turning Dean's perfect world upside down and trying to discredit him and his family until they get what they are looking for.

    Enemy Of The State is a great action movie also starring Tom Sizemore (Heat) Gabriel Byrne (Usual Suspects) Regina King and Loren Dean.

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Transfer Quality


    The video transfer of this movie is very good but edge enhancement was rather bothersome at times and was the only negative in an otherwise fine presentation.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is also 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is extremely sharp and detailed but as mentioned above, edge enhancement is excessive and is certainly overdone to the point of being distracting. Shadow detail is exemplary in this transfer. Details came through very clearly in the darker scenes. There was no low level noise detected on this DVD.

    The colours in this transfer were very good indeed - colour rendition looked spot-on.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Aliasing was seen in only one or two scenes but was not bothersome at all and should not distract. There were a couple of film artefacts seen, but once again they were few and far between and were not distracting at all.

    This disc is RSDL-formatted, with the layer change placed at 86.05. The layer change was well-placed and was not distracting to the flow of the movie.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    This is an excellent audio transfer and is of reference quality.

    There are three audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and an English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 track.

    The dialogue quality on this disc was excellent and was clear and easy to understand at all times. Audio sync was not a problem on this disc and looked spot-on.

    The musical score by Trevor Rabin was wonderful. The score was very dynamic and thrilling to listen to.

    The surround channels were used very aggressively by this soundtrack - the discrete effects when the satellites moved position on the screen sounded amazing. The surrounds were used through most of the movie.

    The subwoofer was also used very aggressively by this soundtrack. Bass was deep and powerful during many of the action sequences and sounded very impressive indeed.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


The Making of Enemy of the State (29.13)

    This behind the scenes feature contains the usual cast and crew interviews. Director Tony Scott speaks about his ideas for the film as well as many other facets of the movie's production. This feature is of a high standard and certainly well worth having a look at. This feature has an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is encoded with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

All Access/The Showdown (13.17)

    This feature is a detailed behind the scenes look at the final climatic showdown in the restaurant from both the actors' and the director's perspective. This feature has an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is encoded with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Deletes Scenes (5.35)

    These deleted scenes total just over five minutes in length and are of fairly poor quality technically. The scenes are presented at 2.35:1 and are not 16x9 enhanced. They offer Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Trailer (2.31)

    The trailer for Enemy Of The State is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced. It is encoded with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on;

    Clearly the version of choice here is the Region 4 disc. The two Region 1 featurettes are only glorified trailers and amount to very little. The Region 4 Special Edition has many more special features as well as 16x9 enhancement so we have a clear winner here.


    Enemy Of The State is a thrilling action suspense movie. I enjoyed it as much this time around as I did the last time I watched it.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is first rate.

    The extras are plentiful and are extremely satisfying. I recommended you add this one to your collection.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Stephen Wilson (read my bio)
Tuesday, June 04, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-S733A, using Component output
DisplayBarco 708mm CRT front projector (line doubled) onto a 2.5m wide 16x9 aspect screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderMeridian 568.
AmplificationAdcom 555 mk2 x3
Speakers3 Klipsch La-Scala speakers (left, centre and right); 2 Infinity sm122 speakers (rear); 2 Mirage bps 400 subwoofers with 400w built in amps

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