Bridge of Spies Review and Blu-ray Features
Bridge of Spies
16 Oct 2015
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
What did the note in the coin say at the beginning ?
Also why didn’t powers use his scratch coin on himself?
I don’t think that is relevant what was in the note.It was only a hint to show us that indeed Abel is a spy.And for the 2nd question…put yourself in Powers place and decide wether or not you’ll use that coin.Me for example i would not.
did you too think he was being poisoned?
Maybe the threat of poisoning supplied some suspense for viewers, but ….
That crossed my mind the first time he took a swig from a proffered drink, but then realized, that in real life or the movie, it would have been pointless and damaged any credibility for prisoner exchange.
Real life argument
According to Tom Hanks in a press release for the movie, when James Donovan makes arguments to the Supreme Court about Rudolf, the words used in the movie were the same as the arguments presented to the Supreme Court
“Hollow Nickel Case”
As seen in the film, Soviet agent Rudolf Ivanovich Abel received coded messages from his KGB handlers that were hidden inside a hollow U.S. nickel. The FBI first became aware of Abel’s activities in 1953, when a Soviet agent mistakenly used one of the hollow nickels to buy a newspaper. The Brooklyn newsboy who had received the nickel thought it felt too light. He dropped the nickel on the sidewalk, and it popped open, revealing a piece of microfilm with a coded message inside. But FBI cryptologists were unable to crack the code until 1957, when a KGB defector, Reino Häyhänen, gave them the key to deciphering the code, and also gave up Rudolph Abel. The “Hollow Nickel Case” was also dramatized in The FBI Story (1959), starring James Stewart.
Very Last Scene
I did love the part where Hanks’ Character sees children in the US jump over fences without getting shot in the last scene. Give me a bloody break…
The movie doesn’t say what the politics of the people threatening his family are. What it does make clear is they don’t understand when the law guarantees you legal representation in a court of law that lawyer representing you doesn’t necessarily agree with you. He or she is there to makes sure you get a fair hearing in a court of law.
I don’t know how much of the events of that part of the movie are accurate, but I suspect that things like that did happen to Donovan and his family. There is certainly no shortage of stupid people who would do such a thing for even less.
This is a major theme of Donovan’s book.
In Donovan’s book he described various people who were saying “WTF are you defending Abel for?” Donovan’s thought on the topic were that these people did not understand stand innocent until proven guilty and that everyone deserves a fair trial/good lawyer. He went on to say that if these people ever got in trouble they would be insisting on the best attorney they could afford
Dead on review. The spy was a sensitive, learned man
Real Life Gary Powers – 1st Reference
In an interview with the International Spy Museum, Gary Powers’ son Francis Gary Powers Junior recounted how when he heard about the making of the movie he reached out to the produces about concerns on getting the details of his father’s history correct, given the information that has been revealed subsequent to the 1980s. He was invited to meet Steve Spielberg and Tom Hanks and Austin Stowell, who played his father in the movie. He then introduced them to Joe Murphy, his father’s co-pilot and who also helped identify him on the bridge where the spy trade occurred.
Real Life Gary Powers – 2nd Reference
In an interview with the International Spy Museum, Gary Powers’ son Francis Gary Powers Junior indicated that his father was not told to commit suicide if shot down, unlike the depiction in the movie. Instead, it was given as an option in case physical torture had been involved, allowing the pilots to use a poison pin if the pilots chose to commit suicide. He also indicated that the Soviets found the pin on a third strip search but Powers warned them not to touch it; the Soviets tried the pin on a dog and the dog died a few moments later.
Omaha Beach reference
After the Donovan household is shot up, a disgruntled police officer confronts James Donovan and says, “I was in the third wave on Omaha beach.” Saving Private Ryan(1998) begins with Tom Hanks‘s character, Captain Miller, landing on Omaha beach.
The Green Mile Reference
“Eins, Zwei, Drei.”
When Jim Donovan and Agent Huffman are in West Berlin, they walk past a German cinema where one of the movies playing is “Eins, Zwei, Drei.” This is the German title of the American Cold War comedy One, Two, Three (1961), directed by Billy Wilder. In the film, James Cagney plays an American business executive working in West Berlin who, like Donovan, must cross over into East Berlin and negotiate with Soviet officials for the release of a political prisoner
RT/Meta Critic Review
Bridge of Spies is an inspiring drama about a man, like any of us, who struggled to do the right thing. (Click here to see)
Bridge of Spies dazzles on Blu-ray. Disney’s 1080p transfer captures the broadest overtones and most intimate details of Director Steven Spielberg’s and Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński’s picture with remarkable reproduction. Sourced from film, the transfer presents a light grain overlay that’s attractively even and accentuating of the movie’s finer details while leaving intact a gorgeous cinematic texturing. Every inch of the frame springs to life with complex details revealed with expert precision. Heavier period clothes are a clear standout — winter coats, finely assembled neckties — but so too are environmental support details around both New York and Berlin where stone, brick, and concrete present with astounding texture and impeccable complexity. Faces reveal every nuance with ease. Colors are full and finely detailed, a little warm in New York and very cold — favoring a severe blue and gray scheme — in Germany. The period’s pastel appliances and accents stand apart as amongst the movie’s most impressive colors. Black levels are richly deep and pure, critical and shaping many of the movie’s more shadowy corners and its climactic sequence in particular. Flesh tones are naturally healthy. The image sees a few mildly soft backgrounds but is otherwise razor-sharp. No serious compression anomalies interfere with a breathtaking transfer, one that’s probably about as good as 1080p Blu-ray can produce.
Bridge of Spies holds no secrets thanks to the clarity and exacting placement of its DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack. Rather than big movie oomph, the track favors a realistic surrounding symphony of support sounds that help define the entire world in which the movie takes place. City exteriors spring to life with foot traffic, squealing train and car brakes, honking horns, and other lifelike details. Offices burst with sonic flavor: chatter, ringing telephones, and clanking typewriters. Every sound is meticulously detailed and precisely placed around the stage to full, completely enveloping and complimentary effect. Even minor, barely audible details like a buzzing fluorescent light help to legitimately pull the listening audience into the film’s locations. Driving rain fully saturates the stage in chapter five for one of the most consistently steady bits of ambient detailing in the movie. Music delivery is wide, and precise, yielding lifelike clarity throughout the range. Dialogue is featured prominently in the center with no problems pertaining to clarity or superiority over surrounding elements.
Bridge of Spies contains four featurettes. A DVD copy and a digital copy code are included with purchase.
- A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies (1080p, 17:45): The piece opens with Steven Spielberg’s family history with the real life events and follows with cast and crew examining the politics and history of the time, the screenplay’s inspirations, espionage and intelligence gathering of the era, the story’s relevance today, character attributes, and the Francis Gary Powers and Frederic Pryor stories and their depictions in the film.
- Berlin 1961: Re-Creating The Divide (1080p, 11:35): Cast and crew share the history of the wall and explore its representation in the film.
- U-2 Spy Plane (1080p, 8:45): Similar to the previous supplement, this extra explores the real history of the aircraft and its role and depiction in the film.
- Spy Swap: Looking Back on the Final Act (1080p, 5:42): A brief expiration of the historical details as presented in the film’s final minutes and shooting the sequence in Berlin, which included a visit with Chancellor Angela Merkel.