The Imitation Game on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

The film is presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen theatrical ratio and is in 1080p high definition, and looks crisp and sharp, evoking the period of the time brilliantly, with a colourful brand spanking new Enigma machine, while the later years are darker in colour, much like the tone of Turing’s life.

The sound is in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, and it’s not a special effects movie but the dialogue is clear and there’s a wonderful score from Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Argo)

The extras are as follows, and are in HD but are far from Oscar-winning in themselves:

  • Making The Imitation Game (14:14): This piece gives a look at the set design – and how they couldn’t use the real Bletchley Park as that’s now a museum, a look at how the Enigma machine works, and costume design – so as to get the look of Turing right.

    The first of three extras, they all contain no subtitles and mix clips from the film with chat from the key cast and crew, including all the actors who worked alongside Cumberbatch.

  • Alan Turing: Man and Enigma (13:51): A look at Turing and everything he went through, and how the 1950s scenes were shot towards the end of the production. A film crew doesn’t always get the chance to shoot certain things in chronological order, to a degree, and they describe how that helps.

  • The Heroes of Bletchley Park (7:33): This is generally more about the machine and everyone working on it. It feels like this retreads some of the same ground from the extras so far.

The menu mixes clips from the film with a short piece of the theme. There are subtitles in English, and when it comes to the chaptering, I feel one should come every five minutes on average. Studiocanal had upped their game to 32 for Robocop‘s reboot, but have gone back to the low standard of 12, here. Why??

The Imitation Game is out now on Blu-ray and DVD, and click on the packshot for the full-size image.


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FILM CONTENT
PICTURE QUALITY
SOUND QUALITY
EXTRAS
8
10
8
3
OVERALL 7


Cert:
Running time: 115 minutes
Cat.no: OPTBD2752
Year: 2014
Released: March 9th 2015
Chapters: 12
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Widescreen: 2.35:1 (Super 35)
Disc Format: BD50

Director: Morten Tyldum
Producers: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman
Screenplay: Graham Moore (based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges)
Music: Alexandre Desplat

Cast :
Alan Turing: Benedict Cumberbatch
Joan Clarke: Keira Knightley
Hugh Alexander: Matthew Goode
Detective Robert Nock: Rory Kinnear
John Cairncross: Allen Leech
Peter Hilton: Matthew Beard
Commander Denniston: Charles Dance
Stewart Menzies: Mark Strong
Jack Good: James Northcote
Sergeant Staehl: Tom Goodman-Hill
Superintendent Smith: Steven Waddington
Keith Furman: Ilan Goodman
Charles Richards: Jack Tarlton
Young Alan Turing: Alex Lawther
Christopher Morcom: Jack Bannon
Helen: Tuppence Middleton

Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.

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