DVD Review: The Good Shepherd
Movie •••½ Picture •••½ Sound •••½ Extras •••
As if to counteract the coldness of the government spies' sad lives, there's an unusual warmth to the images. Along with the transfer's finely tuned contrast levels, this gives an air of authenticity to all the rich period details - from cars and storefronts to old-fashioned suits and modest dresses - as well as the hermetically sealed government buildings and opulent mansions of the privileged class. In keeping with the chilly tone of the story, the soundtrack is restrained, almost hushed, as the effects and even the icy music of Bruce Fowler and Marcelo Zarvos hide well below the dialogue.
The disc's only extra is 16 minutes worth of deleted scenes. This adds some telling background on a few characters and resurrects an entire subplot, but it left me yearning for some insights from the always reticent De Niro. [R] English, Dolby Digital 5.1; letterboxed (2.35:1) and anamorphic widescreen; dual layer.