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DUPLICITY ($40) is a clever and amusing romantic caper movie that is punctuated by the fine supporting performances of the always dependable Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti. The premise of DUPLICITY finds former MI6 agent Ray Koval (Clive Owen) and former CIA agent Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) entering the private sector to engage in a little corporate espionage. We quickly learn that Ray and Claire intend to take advantage of a longstanding and highly publicized rivalry between two titans of the consumer products industry- namely, Howard Tully (Wilkinson), the CEO of Burkett & Randle, and Dick Garsik (Giamatti), the CEO of Equikrom.

Using their mutual dislike and mistrust against them, Ray and Claire play both ends against the middle for an elaborate con, in which they will infiltrate an already established corporate spy network, thus helping one company steal the next big thing from the other, while at the same time, pocketing the purloined information to sell to a third party for millions. Of course, what would any good con game be without the unforeseen bumps in the road??? The solid supporting cast of also features Dan Daily, Lisa Roberts Gillan, David Shumbris, Rick Worthy, Oleg Shtefanko, Denis O'Hare, Kathleen Chalfant, Khan Baykal, Thomas McCarthy, Wayne Duvall and Fabrizio Brienza.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has made DUPLICITY available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. This is another excellent 1080p presentation from Universal. The image appears very crisp and highly dimensional, in addition to delivering a terrific level of texturing and fine detail. Colors are generally well saturated and produce very appealing flesh tones. Blacks are inky, while the whites are crisp and perfectly stable. Contrast is fairly silky, while the level of shadow detail is fairly impressive. The elements from which DUPLICITY have been mastered are virtually perfect. Very little grain/noise is present, but the presentation never appears over-processed.

DUPLICITY is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This isnít a dizzying action movie soundtrack, but it is a well-constructed one. There is a tremendous sense of presence and atmospherics within the sound design, which makes excellent use of all the outlying channels to create living, breathing sonic environments. Little noises, the sounds of people milling about and environmental elements make up much of sound field and give an invigorated quality to the track. Fidelity is pretty great, producing a rich sounding musical component for James Newton Howard's terrific score, as well as convincing sound effects. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the filmís dialogue is always completely understandable. French and Spanish DTS 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a running Audio Commentary with writer/director Tony Gilroy and editor/co-producer John Gilroy. DUPLICITY is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player).

As I stated above, DUPLICITY is a clever and amusing romantic caper movie. The Blu-ray presentation is highly appealing. If you like the parties involved, youíll want to check out DUPLICITY on Blu-ray.



Duplicity [Blu-ray] (2009)


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