The Bone Collector (1999) Blu-ray Review – Excellent Thriller

Next up in my Denzel Washington season of films available on Blu-ray in the UK is another thriller from the nineties? Without further ado here’s my The Bone Collector (1999) blu-ray review.

  • The Bone Collector (1999)
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Directed by Phillip Noyce
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Sony Pictures
  • Blu-ray Released: 2 June 2008


A New York forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is left paralyzed from the neck down following an accident. The police need his expertise to track down a serial killer by piecing the crime scene clues together. He enlists the help of rookie police officer Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) to be his eyes at the crimes scenes. Maybe together they will be able to prevent further bloodshed.

Style / Direction

The film is directed by Phillip Noyce with the cinematography handled by Dean Semler. The film employs some impressive camera angles using a variety of high shots which works extremely well and helps set the tone and mood of the film.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is composed by Craig Armstrong.

Acting / Characters

I have to say this is a very well cast movie, everyone seems the perfect choice for their given roles. Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie are of course the stand-out performers and ones very much at the heart of the film.


  • Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme
  • Angelina Jolie as Police Officer Amelia Donaghy
  • Ed O’Neill as Detective Paulie Sellitto
  • Queen Latifah as Nurse Thelma
  • Michael Rooker as Detective Howard Cheney
  • Mike McGlone as Detective Kenny Solomon
  • Luis Guzmán as Detective Eddie Ortiz
  • John Benjamin Hickey as Dr Barry Lehman
  • Bobby Cannavale as Detective Steve
  • Leland Orser as Richard Thompson/Marcus Andrews

Conclusion: The Bone Collector (1999) Film Review

If you can look past the bizarreness that sees a rookie Police Officer Amelia Donaghy take on the role as a scenes of crime person under the guidance of expert Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) which would simply not happen in the real world then you will enjoy this rather good thriller. So yes the story setup is a little unbelievable but hey this is a film after all and I’m prepared to let that one slide. The film is actually very well shot and acted whilst the story is a gripping one. Washington and Jolie have good chemistry which makes for compelling viewing either in scenes together or alone.

I highly recommended you check this thriller out if you have somehow managed not to have watched it over the years.

The Bone Collector (1999) Blu-ray Review

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Conclusion: The Bone Collector Blu-ray Review

With the film being from the nineties I was a little concerned but thankfully there are no issues to report. The image is clear and sharp without any annoying speckles. Now on to the extras and there’s really only a 20 minute making of documentary that’s worth a look. Other than that there’s audio commentaries.


  • Director Audio Commentary
  • The Making of The Bone Collector (22 mins)

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Popcorn Cinema Rating: The Bone Collector (1999)





The Bone Collector (1999) Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version

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Summary: The Bone Collector (1999) Blu-ray Review
The Bone Collector (1999) Blu-ray Review

Movie title: The Bone Collector (1999)

Duration: 118 mins

Director(s): Phillip Noyce

Actor(s): Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Ed O'Neill, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Luis Guzmán

Genre: Thriller

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A highly entertaining thriller that see both Washington and Jolie shine.