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)
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)
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