Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
I like Julia Roberts. I like Clive Owen. I like boxes of images arranged in some graphical manner as to create a somewhat interesting visual feast for my eyes to dine on. This cover has Roberts and Owen, but the feast is nothing more than a crumb on the floor after a truly wonderful visual feast. Therefore, as to wit, I do not like this cover.
The menu isn’t any better. It’s standard, uninteresting navigation.
- Feature Commentary By Writer/Director Tony Gilroy & Editor/Co Producer John Gilroy – From sheer deprivation of other extras this commentary wins a point to fluff up the score. I like commentaries, but at this point I don’t really consider them an extra anymore. Thanks for the effort,but unless you have naked video to go with your discussion, well, I need more more more.
- BDLive – ?? There appears to be nothing on BDLive for this movie.
The Movie: 5/10
A solid mediocre 5 out of 10. That’s right. It’s not a sucky score. It’s not a good score. It’s in the middle of 1 to 10. That’s exactly precisely what I thought of the movie. To be honest, I would say it even dipped a bit under that, but Ill give it the benefit of some of the nameless but ever-present flaws. Why? There is the set of intangible, on-the-tip-of-my-brain things that go wrong with some movies that I can’t explain exactly.
I’ll try. The story is obvious and predictable. The acting is too slick. The writing is too “cool”. The relationship between the leading couple, Roberts and Owen is not convincing at all. Oh, and the editing, or directing, or something is just too hyperactive sometimes with forced tension and overly manufactured dialogue.
That sums up what I didn’t like. I guess they aren’t such nameless reasons after all. I wanted to like it a lot more. I like Julia Roberts. I like Clive Owen. Heists, intrigue, twists and turns, etc. These ingredients are just not all swimming around in the stew with the right seasonings. See, it’s confusing. I feel the same way.
It’s got all the elements of a sexy little flick, but instead it comes off as an “up it’s own ass” Hollywood offering that came from people who like movies like Oceans Eleven (I’m not a fan). Combine this with some other caper/heist movie in a rental frenzy on a Friday night and it will be a good time, just not a fully good movie.
Audio & Video: 9/10 (By Ascully)
What Duplicity might be lacking in extra’s it certainly makes up for with it’s amazing picture quality. Every frame of this disc looks sublime. Duplicity is a well lit movie with hardly any dark scenes and the picture is so sharp you will be hard pressed to find fault.
I am not sure if this was filmed digitally or some kind of DNR was used but fine grain is not visible at all giving the movie a shot on video look. Audio is fairly impressive with some deep bass mostly coming from the jazzy soundtrack. Some dialog is a little hard to hear (the opening scene in particular) but apart from that I noticed no issues.
Duplicity is presented in a 1080P 2.40:1 aspect ratio and audio uses the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 codec.
A movie that hits just above average with no extras and no rewatchability for me, well, guess what, it’s not a great value at full Blu-Ray price. I would recommend it as a rental, along with any other caper/heist flick to make an evening or afternoon of it. I think it’s one of those movies that comes and goes without a reason for me to spend much on the experience.
Overall Score 5/10