Diplomat, The

Featured In Issue 149, July/August/September 2010

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In "The Diplomat," Scotland Yard Commander Julie Hales (Blake) has discovered that British diplomat Ian Porter (Scott) has dangerous ties to a notorious Russian trafficker in heroin. But the stakes are raised when an attempt on Porter's life leads Hales to a terrifying new discovery: a nuclear bomb previously belonging to the Soviet Union is missing and in the hands of the enemy. Now, with time running out, a life-and-death race is on to uncover Porter's true involvement in a global conspiracy and to prevent a nuclear annihilation. Originally produced in two parts for Australian and British TV. (Gary Reber)

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The 1080p VC-1 picture is a TV production with mediocre production values. Color fidelity is inconsistent, with some scenes appearing nicely saturated and natural while other scenes appear desaturated, with poor contrast. As such, fleshtones are inconsistent as well, Resolution is generally good otherwise. Still, this is a mediocre and inconsistent visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is unnaturally forward sounding, especially the dialogue, which is poor integrated spatially, Atmospheric sound effects are spread across the soundstage, with surround envelopment that is generally subtle. Sound effects are inferior to well-produced theatrical projects, thus, dynamic impact is limited. The music score is decently recorded but exhibits, at times, a slightly strident character. At other times the music sounds full-bodied, with brief .1 LFE energy. Still, this is a mediocre soundtrack that is undistinguished. (Gary Reber)