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The Enemy (Rental) (2001)

The Enemy (Rental) (2001)

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Rental Version Only
Available for Rent

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 94:27
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Tom Kinninmont
Charlie Watson

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Luke Perry
Olivia d'Abo
Roger Moore
Tom Conti
Horst Buchholz
Case ?
RPI Rental Music Gast Waltzing

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    A group of terrorists attempt to kidnap a scientist's son and use him as a bargaining chip for a genetically engineered biological weapon known simply as 'The Enemy'.

    After faking his own death, retired military geneticist George Ashton moves to Canada to live with his son Mike (Luke Perry). Mike is unaware of his father's former career but when an attempted kidnapping results in his assistant being killed, questions must be asked. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Penny Johnson (Olivia d'Abo) is assigned to protect Mike and his father but the investigation is clearly being controlled by Robert Ogilvie (Roger Moore), a British officer. As the investigation proceeds and Mike learns more about his father's former life, it becomes clear that one of the men running the case may be behind it all.

    This B-grade direct-to-rental release is let down by its often ridiculous plot, predictable script and poor acting. Unfortunately there is very little to recommend this film and I feel that very few viewers will find any positives in it.

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Transfer Quality


    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is slightly soft throughout but this is probably due to the low production values of the original source material and not a fault of the transfer. The transfer displays no problems with shadow detail during the dark segments of the film. No low-level noise was detected at any stage during the transfer.

    The colour palette displayed by this transfer always appears to be accurate and is able to capture the often bleak grey Canadian environment.

    No MPEG artefacts were detected at any time during the transfer, but a number of aliasing artefacts were detected. Some examples may be seen at 12:00, 49:46, 57:33, 58:02, 78:17 and 88:17. All of these artefacts are very minor and are never distracting to the viewer.

    A number of minor film artefacts may be seen throughout the transfer. Some examples of these may be seen at 1:03, 10:37, 19:19, 19:23, 20:26, 21:12 and 22:32. Each of these artefacts are quite minor and are only slightly distracting to the viewer.

    No subtitles are provided on this disc.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    An English Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 soundtrack and an English Dolby Digital 224 kbps 2.0 soundtrack are provided on this disc. I listened to both tracks in full and found both to be of acceptable quality.

    The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times.

    During a single scene at 5:14, some obvious dialogue synchronization problems appear but this seems to be due to ADR work and not a problem with the transfer. No dropouts were detected at any time during the transfer.

    The score by Gast Waltzing makes its presence felt throughout and it always seems to fit the on-screen action well.

    The surround and subwoofer channels are used effectively throughout the transfer for both effects and the score.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The non animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

Trailer (2:04)

    This trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround soundtrack.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 4 versions of this film is the clear winner unless you require subtitles.


    The Enemy is a disappointing direct-to-rental release that is let down by all parties involved.

    The 16x9 enhanced transfer is of high quality and displays very few artefacts.

    The two audio tracks provided are of acceptable quality and they are able to easily reproduce the numerous inexplicable explosions.

    The only extra provided on this disc is a basic trailer.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Thursday, June 20, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationFront left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
SpeakersFront left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

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