Duplicity Blu-ray Review
PictureDuplicity comes to Blu-ray with an outstanding 1080p High Definition presentation in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of widescreen 2.4:1. Detail is tremendous throughout, whether for the close-up conversational moments - where you can even see the grey hairs in the stubble on Owen's chin - or for the longer location shots (more on those later). There is very little grain, no signs of edge enhancement or significant digital tinkering, the picture crystal clear and exhibiting a keen 3D potency which brings the movie to life. The trans-global locations look amazing, even if this is not always realistic, with London, Rome, Miami, New York and the Bahamas all looking superb, most of it sun-drenched and glossy. The contrast seems spot on, the tones excellent, the colours vivid and authentic, and the blacks solid and deep - allowing the night sequences, or street-lit scenes, to exhibit just as much clarity and depth. This is a superior rendition, a top notch representation of this glossy, flashy, but disappointing caper.
SoundThe DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that accompanies the movie on Blu-ray does a tremendous job irrespective of the limited material on offer. The dialogue, which is the mainstay for this film, comes across clearly and coherently, largely dominating the fronts and centre channels wherever appropriate. The effects are more atmospheric than anything else, with the surrounds keenly observing the ambient detail, allowing some sense of dynamics. The score - possibly one of the more irritating aspects of the movie - annoyingly comes across quite strongly, playing again and again like a demonic ice-cream van tune. It is difficult to discern whether it is supposed to accentuate the more playful, comedic aspects of the movie, or just add a quirky touch, but irrespective of how enjoyable you find it - or the movie - this is a decent representation of the limited material.
ExtrasAll we get to accompany the movie is a full-length Audio Commentary provided by the Director and Writer Tony Gilroy, who is paired up with the Editor and Co-Producer John Gilroy. As tediously drawn-out as the main movie itself, we get a few technical facts, some bland cast and crew notes and simply nothing significant to warrant you sitting through this long movie yet again.
VerdictAfter watching Duplicity I feel thoroughly duped - the stellar cast, the Director from Michael Clayton, the promising pitch, the potential for sizzling chemistry, it all amounts to nothing. I expected a great deal, and the end result could not have been much more disappointing. Perhaps better casting for the two romantic leads, and better chemistry consequently, could have salvaged something from the anticlimactic story but as it is you will struggle to get to the end, even though you won't have much of an idea of what is going on until you do get there. At least on Blu-ray the movie looks and sounds pretty good, but with just a tedious Commentary to accompany the already tedious film this is definitely a purchase for big fans of the movie only - everybody else gets a caution and fair warning that this may well be the most disappointing movie that I have seen yet this year.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.79
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