Mar 232020

The Contractor/The Fan double feature Blu-ray release isn’t anything remarkable as these aren’t high-quality movies to begin with, however both films do have their moments and Wesley Snipes at least never felt like he was phoning it in.



The Contractor/The Fan

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Action
Mill Creek Entertainment | R – 99 min. / 116 min. – $14.98 | March 17, 2020

Date Published: 03/23/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Josef Rusnak
Writer(s): Robert Katz & Andre Farwagi (story), Robert Foster and Joshua Michael Stern (screenplay)
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Eliza Bennett, Lena Headey, Ralph Brown, Charles Dance

Directed by: Tony Scott
Writer(s): Peter Abrahams (novel); Phoef Sutton (screenplay)
Cast: Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Benicio Del Toro, Ellen Barkin

Features: None
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: The Contractor – English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), The Fan – English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 46.63 GB
Total Bitrate: The Contractor – 32.02 Mbps, The Fan – 26.22 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Mill Creek Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


The Contractor (2007)3.0/5
Plot Synopsis: Retired marksman James Dial (WESLEY SNIPES) lives a secluded life on his ranch in Montana. Haunted by his failure to exterminate one of the world’s most notorious terrorists, he is approached by his former boss and mentor (RALPH BROWN) to finish the job in London, where the terrorist leader has been captured. But everything goes terribly wrong and when double-crossed, his only hope is a 12-year-old girl (ELIZA BENNETT) who knows the truth behind his betrayal.

Quick Hit Review: Subpar but I suppose acceptable enough thriller that seemed to be made when Wesley Snipes still gave a damn and wasn’t phoning it in, or at least played it above the material he was given. Even so, the plot is thin and the attempts at giving some sort of sweet father-daughter-like chemistry, a la The Professional, never quite worked so well, especially when the girl’s home life, even with her deceased parents, wasn’t terrible (versus what Portman’s character had to endure in her home life). In any case, as a throw away action-thriller, it’s fine but nothing especially memorable.

The Fan (1996)2.5/5
Plot Synopsis: When San Francisco Giants pay centerfielder Bobby Rayburn (WESLEY SNIPES) $40 million to lead their team to the World Series, no one is happier or more supportive than #1 fan Gil Renard (ROBERT DE NIRO). So when Rayburn becomes mired in the worst slump of his career, the obsessed Renard decides to stop at nothing to help his idol regain his former glory… even murder.

Quick Hit Review: The Fan was a decent enough thriller for the first two-thirds and a topical commentary about sports fanaticism that still applies today, but then has a ridiculous finale that lacked any suspense with a “showdown” of sorts between our two leads. That said, the performances from both De Niro and Snipes were good, capturing a time period where both were at least still giving it their all. The film was directed by Tony Scott and is certainly one of his weaker entries from the 1990s and felt like his heart wasn’t as into the project compared with others, including his follow-up Enemy of the State released in 1998.



No features were included but there is a DVD copy.


VIDEO – 3.5/5

Both The Contractor and The Fan are presented with a 1080p high-definition transfers and shown in their original theatrical aspect ratios, 1.85 and 2.35 respectively. This is the Blu-ray debut for The Fan and the North American debut for the other. Although The Fan wasn’t a favorite of mine but I was strangely looking forward to a proper aspect ratio as the DVD re-released by Sony in the early 2000s left off the widescreen version leaving only a, I believe, Pan & Scan Full Frame behind.

In any case, neither films look amazing in high-def with The Contractor easily the better of the two. Although both videos are relatively well defined, albeit a tad soft in spots, seemed like there were numerous frames on The Fan littered with specs, dust marks and other significant damage to the film. Course, this being a budget title, these aren’t movies worth putting any money into restoring, just know that going in they aren’t going to wow anyone.

AUDIO – 3.5/5

The Contractor comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and The Fan a DTS-HD MA 2.0 track. Both of these are satisfying however nothing extraordinary, the former lacking incredible depth and the other’s outputting clear enough dialogue. While neither are awe-inspiring, they are perfectly adequate.


OVERALL – 3.0/5

The Contractor/The Fan double feature Blu-ray release isn’t anything remarkable as these aren’t high-quality movies to begin with, however both films do have their moments and Wesley Snipes at least never felt like he was phoning it in. The transfers on both may not be incredible but at the cheap SRP, and currently can be had for only $8.99, it’s still worth picking up.

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