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Enigma [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Dougray Scott , Kate Winslet , Michael Apted    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows, Jeremy Northam, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Writers: Robert Harris, Tom Stoppard
  • Producers: Ate de Jong, David Brown, Guy East, Hanno Huth, Jeanney Kim
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FD9P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,479 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Codebreaking is an inherently fascinating but not especially cinematic endeavour, which is why Enigma spices up the true story of Bletchley Park and its eclectic group of Nazi code-cracking geniuses with some fictional romance and intrigue. Dougray Scott plays gaunt mathematician Tom Jericho, haunted by the spectre of his missing girlfriend Claire (self-consciously gorgeous Saffron Burrows). Tom turns to Claire's frumpy housemate Hester Wallace (dressed-down Kate Winslet) to help him find her, but their search unexpectedly reveals the presence of a spy at Bletchley Park. Matters are further complicated by an investigating secret service agent (imperturbable Jeremy Northam) and the hostility of Jericho's superiors.

Based on the novel by Robert Harris and adapted for the screen by Tom Stoppard, Enigma is unsurprisingly a literate and accomplished piece, unfussily directed by Michael Apted who keeps the various current and flashback story threads moving neatly in parallel, helped along by a languid score from veteran John Barry and a vividly realised wartime setting ("Have you heard the latest? Utility knickers--one yank and they're off!"). The contrived plot, however, distracts from the real drama, which is to be found in the desperate struggle to decipher the Enigma machine codes and the sometimes terrible ethical dilemmas involved. A little like that other Kate Winslet film, Titanic, this is another example of the factual background being far more compelling than the fiction grafted on top.

On the DVD: Engima arrives on disc in an extras-free package, with only scene selection and subtitles. More than one excellent documentary has been made about Alan Turing and his team of Bletchley Park codebreakers, so it's doubly disappointing to have nothing here on the real-life events depicted in the movie. Picture is widescreen 1.78:1 and sound Dolby 5.1 surround.--Mark Walker


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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enigmatic film experience. 10 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Enigma is a fantastic film from acclaimed director Michael Apted. Featuring Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet and Jeremy Northam, it is based on Robert Harris' book of the same name. The story is set in England during World War II and focuses on the efforts of British cryptanalysts who worked tirelessly throughout the war to break German codes and ciphers. The Germans believed that the messages encrypted on their Enigma machines were indecipherable. Tom Jericho (Scott) is one of the cryptanalysts working at Bletchley Park, the code-breaking centre of England. He is recovering from a nervous breakdown following a relationship break-up and due to the stress of his job. Having broken the Enigma codes before he returns to Bletchley to help break a new and more sophisticated German U-Boat code, only to discover that his ex-lover Claire (Saffron Burrows) has disappeared. Enlisting the help of her room-mate Hester (Winslet), Jericho sets out to find her. Meanwhile, Bletchley Park is under the surveillance of Agent Wigram (Northam), searching for a double-agent at Bletchley, determined to incriminate the missing Claire and the love-sick Jericho. Throw in a dramatic stand-off between German U-Boats, American cargo ships and the harried Bletchley cryptanalysts, as well as a car chase and a love triangle, and Engima provides an exciting 119 minutes of viewing pleasure!
Kate Winslet gives a strong and assured performance, allowing Hester to add some 'Girl Power' to the largely 'Boys-Own' adventure. Dougray Scott looks suitably gaunt and worn-out as Jericho, Saffron Burrows is perfectly cast as the beautiful and enigmatic Claire and Jeremy Northam is wonderfully suave, sophisticated and cold as the ruthless government agent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm puzzled as to why its so underrated 26 Jun 2012
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Intrigue abounds as our dour hero chases love and mystery during WW2. Apted has directed everything from Bond to Gorky Park and here he presides over a fully rendered wartime britain in this cerebral thriller. The period details, the strong cameo performances and the essential nod towards the Polish cypher bureau, among others, lift this picture beyond the rather tame screenplay. The interwoven tale has almost too many stories, the history of Bletchley Park, the capture of the Enigma, the Katyn massacre and others are all interesting in their own right and they're all in here somewhere. It's the little touches that get me, I love the idea of bletchley being staffed by academics, one of them doesn't salute an officer and when reprimanded simply remarks that he "can't remember to do every little thing". Matthew Macfadyen has a short but powerful cameo in which he recounts how the recovery of Enigma material from a sinking Uboat resulted in the deaths of two men, his delivery is painfully plain and quietly moving. Central to the plot is the hunt for a traitor at Bletchley which leads our hero into conflict with Wigram of the security service, here played by a serpentine Jeremy Noram. I understand that the source material is excellent but I just couldn't get into it after seeing the film. I don't feel too bad about that as the movie has lots to offer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four enigmas for the price of one 6 Feb 2007
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
ENIGMA is an uncommonly intelligent suspense thriller that should please anyone interested in Britain's WWII code breaking efforts at Bletchley Park.

Dougray Scott plays Tom Jericho, a mathematician returning to duty after recovering from a mental breakdown suffered in an earlier stint at The Park while breaking the German military's Enigma code and, probably more to the point, falling for, and being dumped by, the local Tramp. Saffron Burrows is eye-popping as Claire, the blond and willowy femme fatale of the script. Anyway, the Nazis have since changed Enigma, and Tom is asked to help solve the cipher riddle once again before the U-boats decimate the Atlantic convoys. In one of the parallel plots, it's suspected that the Germans planted a spy at Bletchley Park. From evidence found under a floor board, Tom rightly or wrongly suspects Claire may be involved, but she's mysteriously disappeared. And who's buried in the mass grave the German Army is busy uncovering in Eastern Europe, and why has someone high up in the British command structure ordered that all radio intercepts from that enemy unit be ignored?

Scott is quite good in the role of the edgy, scruffy, emotionally tormented Jericho, as is Kate Winslet as Claire's frumpy roommate, Hester, recruited for the code-breaking unit because she won a crossword puzzle contest. I was particularly impressed with Jeremy Northam's Wigram, the intelligence investigator on hand to uncover the postulated enemy agent. In his dapper, glib persona, Wigram is vaguely reminiscent of Cary Grant, though the latter was never quite so oily. I never decided if I liked Wigram or not, but he was endlessly fascinating to watch operate.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Philip
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If I had wanted a documentary about Bletchley Park during WW2, I would have bought one of several good titles available, or a DVD if there was one.

Want I wanted, and got, was a really good fictional account set around the code breaking activities of that centre. The story is loosely based on real characters and events, but it is a STORY, and a very enjoyably told and terrifically acted one. I like all the actors, they work well together. The story is plausible, but I'm not interested in 'is this or that detail correct', I just want a good hour or two of entertainment set in the period of WW2, around that unique institution, and I was well satisfied.

I cannot understand why people have to nitpick. Its not as if anyone is deliberately setting out to 'distort history'; there's no harm in giving a little fictional leeway here and there. The main thrust of the story is sound, and enjoyably told, so 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
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Published 7 days ago by nieves
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't follow through its storylines
I’ve seen this several times since its release, and have gone back to feeling a little bit sorry. My main draw was Kate Winslet, who as ever, is excellent despite having a smaller... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Lovely music, lovely acting, lovely locations. An enjoyable watch that I would highly recommend. Great value, easy to order and prompt delivery.
Published 27 days ago by Patricia Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy watch
Winslet and Scott are the stand out characters and Winslet the better of the two. It's a straight forward story once it gets going and despite the code breakers taking months to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by cclaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigma (DVD)
Good customer service, and DVD was delivered, as promised, for 31st May 2014.
My wife is currently reading the book, by Robert Harris, and wished to see the film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by banjobrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric thriller based on real life intelligence service
This film is a spy thriller which also shows the essential work carried out by the back room girls and boys working in code breaking and similar surveillance of, I this case the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. DAVID Geer
4.0 out of 5 stars The film;
Good wartime feel about this. Exciting and full of twists and turns. It had to be cut down from the book naturally, but didn't miss out anything that mattered. And the ending... Read more
Published 2 months ago by movedbymortensen
4.0 out of 5 stars A great plot well acted and well directed
This was well written, well acted and well directed. The settings and props added to the appeal - a great story - a great director and an eminently watchable film. Read more
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