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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 67 (Dec 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Northam, Saffron Burrows, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Tom Hollander & Corin Redgrave

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 08734
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

A sex scene and language
(Retail Price): $27.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/24/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Apted
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Robert Harris about the true breakthrough in codebreaking during World War II, and produced by Lorne Michaels and Mick Jagger, this is the story of Tom Jericho (Scott) and his Enigma machine, which allowed Allied intelligence agents to descramble messages sent by the Germans. But after taking a leave of absence for his tremendous emotional troubles, Jericho returns to learn that the Germans have created a new code that the Enigma cannot break. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture has the stylized look of a dated 1960s movie. Colors are desaturated, but balanced appropriately with an aged look for the war torn storytelling. Images appear generally detailed, but the overall character is soft and somewhat smeared. While much of what may be considered mediocre about the picture is intentional stylization and choices during filmmaking, the picture is riddled with moir

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features a palatable dose of spatiality. Imaging across the screen is rather panoramic at times with ambience effects and the music. Surround envelopment is distinctive and effective in terms of subtle envelopment, and with the many sequences at sea and in Chapter 27, their activity is dramatic and prominent. The dialogue is abundantly intelligible, with a fairly well-matched spatial character. Deep bass is usually reserved, but when appropriately called upon is substantial and even powerful with very deep extension. (Perry Sun)