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Enemy (Blu-ray) (2013)

Enemy (Blu-ray) (2013)

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Released 9-Jul-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Mystery Interviews-Cast & Crew
Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Madman Propaganda x 4
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 90:27
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Denis Villeneuve
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal
Melanie Laurent
Sarah Gadon
Isabella Rossellini
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music Danny Bensi
Saunder Jurriaans


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

"Chaos is order yet undeciphered"

†††† Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a sloppy and lethargic history professor, with little enthusiasm for life even when his sexy girlfriend Mary (Melanie Laurent) comes to visit him in his spartan apartment. His life changes when he sees, in a video he hires, an actor who looks exactly like himself. Adam does some internet research and discovers the actor is named Anthony Claire (also Gyllenhaal) and Adam calls him, but only gets to speak with Anthonyís pregnant wife Helen (Sarah Gadon) who mistakes Adamís voice for Anthonyís. This contact sets off tensions between Anthony and Helen but Adam and Anthony later agree to meet when it becomes evident that they are identical, even having the same scar on their chest. Adam confirms with his mother (Isabella Rossellini) that he is her only child, but now the situation has been reversed and Anthony is stalking Adam and Mary. But how much of this is real?

†††† Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve who in the same year as Enemy also directed Gyllenhaal in the well regarded Prisoners, is based upon the novel The Double by Portuguese author Jose Saramgo. Enemy is an unsettling film, made using techniques more at home in a horror film. The storytelling is fragmented, with images and scenes repeated, there are unusual camera angles of buildings with row upon row of windows, abrupt cuts to a black screen and a sound design which is replete with discordant effects mixed with the orchestral score. All this, plus the manipulated colour of the film which produces a washed out, drab brownish image, makes everything feel unreal. Indeed, the most vibrant colours in Enemy occur in the video Adam watches.

†††† Enemy is essentially a three hander and Gyllenhaal is excellent in his dual roles, giving just enough differences between Adam and Anthony where appropriate to sell the doppelganger conceit. Sarah Gadon as the very pregnant Helen is also excellent, and if Melanie Laurent is less effective it is probably because she has less to do. Isabella Rossellini only appears in one scene, but that scene provides a vital clue as to what may be happening. Because while in the end Villeneuveís film does cycle back to the unexplained sequence with which Enemy commenced, the reality of what has actually happened is left open-ended, even with the surprising last image of the film.

†††† Enemy is an unsettling and bizarre psychological mystery with an intriguing script and excellent performances that will entertain, perplex and certainly make you think.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††††Enemy is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, the original ratio, in 1080p using the MPEG-4 AVC code.

†††† As noted, the colours of Enemy have been manipulated to give the film a washed out, drab brownish image, the only exception being the brighter colours in the video Adam watches. As a result skin tones look light although parts of the film are also very dark, leading to a lack of shadow detail. However, blacks are solid and detail in close-up is sharp, sharp enough to highlight the fake looking car crash. Brightness and contrast is consistent.

†††† Marks are not evident.

†††† English subtitles for the hearing impaired are provided in a clear, although rather small, white font.

Video Ratings Summary
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Shadow Detail
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Audio

†††† Audio is an English DTS-MA HD 5.1 track.

†††† The dialogue is clear, centred and easy to hear except for some lines by Gyllenhaal when the subtitles helped. This is a film with not a lot of action, but the sound design of the film includes discordant effects in the rears and surrounds which heighten the tension, plus music. The subwoofer also added bass to the discordant effects and the music.

†††† The score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans was effective and well represented in the mix.

†††† Lip synchronisation was fine.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
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Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
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Extras

Interviews

†††† Interviews with:

†††† These segments are solely interviews without film footage being added. A text screen not so much poses a question as makes a statement about some aspect of the film and the interviewee responds. The interviews are interesting and thoughtful, and topics include the meaning of the film, identity, the subconscious, improvisation, ambiguity, working methods and the spider motif.

Theatrical Trailer (2:03)

Madman Propaganda (9:55)

†††† Trailers for Disconnect, Vehicle 19, Prince Avalanche and Upside Down.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

†††† The Region A US Blu-ray includes as an extra a making of (17:22), trailers and adds Spanish subtitles. It does not include the 44 minutes interviews we have on our release, which I think gives our Region B release the edge. There is not currently a Region B UK version listed on Amazon.com.

Summary

†††† Enemy is an unsettling psychological mystery from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve that will entertain, perplex and make you think. It is a film that demands concentration, and a second look!

†††† The video is manipulated, the audio good. The extra is a collection of interviews that are worth a look.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Monday, September 29, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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