Enemy (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 6Likes
  • 1 Post By yadfgp
  • 1 Post By Mattopotamus
  • 1 Post By Deja Vu
  • 1 Post By emcdade
  • 1 Post By Kysersose
  • 1 Post By yadfgp
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 06-19-2014, 06:04 AM - Thread Starter
Blu-ray Reviewer
 
Ralph Potts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Middletown NY
Posts: 9,051
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Liked: 437
Enemy (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review



See our review of this bizarre, mind bending thriller that will leave you thinking about it long after the credits have rolled.



The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

87



Details:

Studio and Year: LionsGate - 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 90 minutes
Genre: Drama/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossolini
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Music by: Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
Written by: Javier Gullon bassed on the novel “The Double” by Jose Saramago
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 24, 2014


"You can’t escape yourself!"


My Take:

Adam Bell is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend Mary. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. In the end, only one man can survive.

Based on the novel “The Double” by Jose Saramago this is a dark film that at first had me wondering what exactly its point was. It starts off quite strangely and segues into the rather boring life of Adam, a lonely nebbish who seems out of sorts and in the doldrums. His only relationship is with a beautiful woman who visits him at his sparse apartment where they speak little and sex seems to be what they have in common. Adam’s life is suddenly interrupted when on the suggestion of a colleague he rents a DVD of a local made film where he spots an actor that is his doppelganger.

Intrigued to the point of distraction Adam researches him, discovers he lives locally and seeks him out. His first contact with his double, Anthony, is telephonically through his wife Helen who is six months pregnant and immediately confused as Adam’s voice is identical to Anthony’s and she can’t understand what is happening. Eventually Adam and Anthony meet face to face. The two men look exactly alike although the way they carry themselves and their demeanor couldn’t be more different.

At this point in the film I was floating along viewing it from a single perspective seeing things only from one side of the equation. As the story continued to unfold I began to see things from a less literal context realizing that a metaphorical viewpoint was in order. From there the clues to exactly what was happening began to surface especially as I began to reexamine what had already transpired. What started out as a ho hum indie drama began to shape up into an interesting psychological thriller. As the third act moved toward the finish I noticed a distinct level of ambiguity as the duality of the film’s premise bubbled to the surface. The ending doesn’t paint a definitive picture but leaves the decision as to what happened or perhaps didn’t up to you.

After the film ended I at first felt frustration but it lingered as I replayed many of its moments in my mind. I soon understood that it drew me in, further than I had even realized, and ultimately that it achieved exactly what it set out to do. You’ll have to discern what that is after seeing it for yourself. I plan on sitting down with it again and can’t wait to see if the ripples reach as far…


Parental Guide:

The rating is for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


  • Dynamics:
  • Low frequency effects:
  • Surround Sound presentation:
  • Clarity/Detail:
  • Dialogue Reproduction:
  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA


Video: 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


  • Resolution/Clarity:
  • Black Level/Shadow Detail:
  • Color Reproduction:
  • Fleshtones:
  • Compression:


Enemy comes to Blu-ray Disc from LionsGate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio that has an average bitrate of 3 Mbps.

This a solid video presentation that offers strong resolution, lucid imagery, and appreciable delineation during close up and mid-level camera pans. The video isn’t razor sharp but has an enriching and filmic quality. The sepia toned aesthetic and limited chromatic range sets the film’s mood with a purposely reserved palette that appears devoid of primary colors. Rendering is clean and depth is appropriate. Fleshtones keep pace with the look of the rest of the film and have a balmy but natural texture. Spot on contrast yields crisp, bright whites and blacks are stable but slightly elevated which leaves them appearing less dynamic and occasionally flat. I didn’t see this as a problem based upon the visual style of the film. This is a pristine encoding that showed no obvious signs of video related artifacts or anomalies.

The front heavy lossless surround mix features dialogue that is full bodied with defining tonal characteristics and prominent soundstage position. High level detail is readily apparent as subtle sound effects, music and voices were rendered with superior clarity and depth. There is little call for surround activity and extended dynamics however there are a few occasions where things that open up nicely and have tangible presence and a punchy low end.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Lucid Dreams: The making of Enemy – 17 minute featurette





Final Thoughts:

Based on the novel “The Double” by Jose Saramago, Enemy is a dark psychological thriller that spins a thought provoking yarn that could leave some viewers scratching their heads while others will further digest its meaning. Either way it adds up to a worthwhile film that will spark discussion/debate. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from LionsGate Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and noticeably light supplemental package that consists of a single production featurette (that is worth checking out after you’ve watched the film). When you’re up for something a little dark and different check out Enemy on Blu-ray.





Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews



Reference Review System:

JVC DLA-RS4910 3D Ready 1080p High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman 5 & C6 Meter from Spectracal)
Stewart Filmscreen - Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16x9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV8801 11.2 Channel Audio/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies - 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo BDP-103D Universal Disc/3D capable Blu-ray Player (With Darbee video processing)
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D capable Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
System Controller: Apple iPad/iRule Pro HD Universal Remote Control
Canton "Ergo" Series speakers
Axiom Audio QS8 Quadpolar speakers
SVS PB-13 Ultra (Rosenut finish)
SVS PC12-NSD
APC AV S15BLK Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) - Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
Cool Components - CP-CP102 cooling package

Ralph C. Potts
Blu-ray Reviews
AVS Forum
My Home Theater
My DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray Collection
Ralph Potts is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 06-19-2014, 06:11 AM
AVS Special Member
 
yadfgp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Meridian, Idaho
Posts: 2,046
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked: 36
So this is out on blu ray!??

Wow I've been wanting to see this but whenever I checked on NF and at Amazon, and also at dvdreleasedate.com, they've always showed it as being on DVD only.

So I'm glad to see this did get a blu ray release!

Thanks Ralph for the review!
Ralph Potts likes this.

1 Mitsubishi WD-82642 82" TV
1 Onkyo TX-NR929 11.4 setup
2 Emotiva XPA-5's
1 Emotiva XPA-100
1 Definitive Technology CLR 3000 (Center)
2 Definitive Technology BP2004TL's (Mains)
2 Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000's (Heights)
6 Definitive Technology BPX's (Rears Wides Sides)
4 CHT VS-18.1 Subs
yadfgp is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 06-19-2014, 06:38 AM - Thread Starter
Blu-ray Reviewer
 
Ralph Potts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Middletown NY
Posts: 9,051
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Liked: 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by yadfgp View Post
So this is out on blu ray!??

Wow I've been wanting to see this but whenever I checked on NF and at Amazon, and also at dvdreleasedate.com, they've always showed it as being on DVD only.

So I'm glad to see this did get a blu ray release!

Thanks Ralph for the review!

Greetings,

Sure thing yadfgp. It streets on June 24th...


Regards,

Ralph C. Potts
Blu-ray Reviews
AVS Forum
My Home Theater
My DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray Collection
Ralph Potts is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 06-19-2014, 07:17 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Mattopotamus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 419 Post(s)
Liked: 212
Quote:
Originally Posted by yadfgp View Post
So this is out on blu ray!??

Wow I've been wanting to see this but whenever I checked on NF and at Amazon, and also at dvdreleasedate.com, they've always showed it as being on DVD only.

So I'm glad to see this did get a blu ray release!

Thanks Ralph for the review!
Same here. I could always only find the DVD version, so have not watched it yet.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post
Greetings,

Sure thing yadfgp. It streets on June 24th...


Regards,
Thanks for the review. Just reading the overview it reminds me of the Talented Mr. Ripley
Ralph Potts likes this.
Mattopotamus is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 06-20-2014, 12:08 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Deja Vu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: great white north
Posts: 4,324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked: 87
Many, many movies are shot in TO but seldom does the big smoke play itself and have a starring role. I saw a side of Toronto I hadn't seen before. Great movie BTW -- will keep you thinking for some time and you'll probably want to revisit it.
Ralph Potts likes this.
Deja Vu is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 06-21-2014, 10:56 AM
Senior Member
 
emcdade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Liked: 78
I just watched this last night and can't quit thinking about it. That ending.....

Also I thought Jake Gyllenhall was outstanding.
Ralph Potts likes this.
emcdade is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 06-21-2014, 11:13 AM - Thread Starter
Blu-ray Reviewer
 
Ralph Potts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Middletown NY
Posts: 9,051
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Liked: 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by emcdade View Post
I just watched this last night and can't quit thinking about it. That ending.....

Also I thought Jake Gyllenhall was outstanding.

Greetings,

I hear you emcdade....



Regards,

Ralph C. Potts
Blu-ray Reviews
AVS Forum
My Home Theater
My DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray Collection
Ralph Potts is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 06-22-2014, 08:32 AM
Super Moderator
 
Kysersose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 5,503
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Liked: 19
While I enjoyed the movie, I think the ending in the book was superior. I know, par for the course.
I'll have to watch it again, though.

Great review.
Ralph Potts likes this.

"Good... Bad... I'm the guy with the gun."

Ash - Army of Darkness
Kysersose is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 06-22-2014, 08:39 AM - Thread Starter
Blu-ray Reviewer
 
Ralph Potts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Middletown NY
Posts: 9,051
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Liked: 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kysersose View Post
While I enjoyed the movie, I think the ending in the book was superior. I know, par for the course.
I'll have to watch it again, though.

Great review.

Greetings,

Thanks for chiming Kysersose...


Regards,

Ralph C. Potts
Blu-ray Reviews
AVS Forum
My Home Theater
My DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray Collection
Ralph Potts is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 07-12-2014, 09:58 PM
AVS Special Member
 
yadfgp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Meridian, Idaho
Posts: 2,046
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked: 36
This was a great movie. Jake was great and everything about it was great.

There's a really well done youtube video that does an excellent job of explaining everything about the movie and what it all really meant. Definitely worth checking out if you're unsure about anything, especially the ending.


Don't watch it though unless you've seen Enemy!

BTW I got stuck watching this on DVD thanks to NF still not having gotten the BR edition. Sucks.
Deja Vu likes this.

1 Mitsubishi WD-82642 82" TV
1 Onkyo TX-NR929 11.4 setup
2 Emotiva XPA-5's
1 Emotiva XPA-100
1 Definitive Technology CLR 3000 (Center)
2 Definitive Technology BP2004TL's (Mains)
2 Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000's (Heights)
6 Definitive Technology BPX's (Rears Wides Sides)
4 CHT VS-18.1 Subs
yadfgp is offline  
post #11 of 15 Old 07-14-2014, 12:19 PM - Thread Starter
Blu-ray Reviewer
 
Ralph Potts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Middletown NY
Posts: 9,051
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Liked: 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by yadfgp View Post
This was a great movie. Jake was great and everything about it was great.

There's a really well done youtube video that does an excellent job of explaining everything about the movie and what it all really meant. Definitely worth checking out if you're unsure about anything, especially the ending.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9AWkqRwd1I

Don't watch it though unless you've seen Enemy!

BTW I got stuck watching this on DVD thanks to NF still not having gotten the BR edition. Sucks.
Greetings,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the link yadfgp. I am glad you enjoyed this one.


Regards,
Ralph Potts is offline  
post #12 of 15 Old 07-16-2014, 10:29 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Kris Deering's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: The Pacific Northwet
Posts: 7,028
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked: 292
One of my favorites of the year so far. I've seen it twice and enjoyed it both times. I am going to be keeping my eye out for this director's films in the future. He also directed Prisoners and Incendies and if you haven't seen those they are SUPERB. Incendies is his first film and it was up for best foreign film at the Oscars that year (Canadian Film in French). Absolutely jolting film.

I bought the book that Enemy is based on but haven't had the chance to read it yet. Looking forward to it. A24 films is quickly becoming one of my faves, this and Under the Skin are two of my early favorites of the year and I'm DYING to see Locke and The Rover.

Senior Video Editor
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity

Click Here To See My Current Setup
Kris Deering is offline  
post #13 of 15 Old 07-17-2014, 09:23 AM - Thread Starter
Blu-ray Reviewer
 
Ralph Potts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Middletown NY
Posts: 9,051
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Liked: 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kris Deering View Post
One of my favorites of the year so far. I've seen it twice and enjoyed it both times. I am going to be keeping my eye out for this director's films in the future. He also directed Prisoners and Incendies and if you haven't seen those they are SUPERB. Incendies is his first film and it was up for best foreign film at the Oscars that year (Canadian Film in French). Absolutely jolting film.

I bought the book that Enemy is based on but haven't had the chance to read it yet. Looking forward to it. A24 films is quickly becoming one of my faves, this and Under the Skin are two of my early favorites of the year and I'm DYING to see Locke and The Rover.
Greetings,

I agree Kris. I requested Locke and look forward to it also. Obviously I agree about Under the skin too....

Regards,
Ralph Potts is offline  
post #14 of 15 Old 07-19-2014, 01:43 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Deja Vu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: great white north
Posts: 4,324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked: 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by yadfgp View Post
This was a great movie. Jake was great and everything about it was great.

There's a really well done youtube video that does an excellent job of explaining everything about the movie and what it all really meant. Definitely worth checking out if you're unsure about anything, especially the ending.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9AWkqRwd1I
This interpretation is also my view of what the film is about. I agree with pretty much everything in the Youtube video except the way the name of the city "Toronto" is pronounced. I lived in TO for six years.
Deja Vu is offline  
post #15 of 15 Old 08-04-2014, 04:39 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Mattopotamus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 419 Post(s)
Liked: 212
Quote:
Originally Posted by emcdade View Post
I just watched this last night and can't quit thinking about it. That ending.....

Also I thought Jake Gyllenhall was outstanding.
Exactly where I am today. Very few movies leave an impression on me like this one did.
Mattopotamus is offline  
Reply Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews

Tags
frontpage

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off