The Imitation Game Review and Blu-ray Features
The Imitation Game
25 Dec 2014
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Police cell interview at end
I was impressed by the film as a whole but the part where Turing asks the detective “am I a machine, a person, war hero, criminal?” was a perfect summing up of the whole film for me. Sure there was a little artistic license with the story but the nature of the person, the mission and the social values of the time were summed up perfectly.
The German side of the Enigma machine
It would be interesting to see a good movie about the German side of the Enigma machine – how it was created, how it was operated by the Germans, etc. We already have two big budget movies about the British-US side of the Enigma affair – the movies Enigma (2001) and The Imitation Game (2014), plus some less known plays and TV movies – but I don’t know anything from the German side. Just a thought.
Replica of Alan Turing’s original machine
The ‘bombe’ machine ‘Christopher’ seen in the film, is based on a replica of Alan Turing’s original machine, which is housed in the museum at Bletchley Park. Production designer Maria Djurkovic admitted, however, that it was made a little more cinematic by making it larger and having more of its inside mechanisms visible. It is neither a Turing Machine, which is the imaginary subject of his 1937 paper ‘On Computable Numbers’, nor a computer. The ‘bombes’ were not physically built by Turing, or at Bletchely Park. They ran at twenty ‘clicks’ per second, not the much slower rate in the film.
Clothes worn by Alan Turing
Some of the clothes worn by Alan have linear geometric patterns on them, hinting at his future work in computer engineering.
Why Turing has to sneak in Clark?
Since Clark passed the test and gotten Turing’s approval, why couldn’t he employ her to join the team, but rather hide her ability and worked with her secretly?
If you recall when he visited her at her parents’ home, she refused to take the job because it would be unseemly? (can’t remember the word she used) for her as a lone, single woman to be in close contact with a group of men. I think her parents were the ones that actually didn’t like this.
So she was hired as part of the steno pool or whatever and lived with those young women. And early on, he had to sneak around to see her. Later, she seemed to come and go with the guys
When watching this you will quickly realize that these actors (Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Allen Leech) will be around for a long time entertaining us
The boy was so good in my eyes he was the only one worthy of a nomination. Unbelievable it’s a teenager acting like that.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Solid historical drama about someone who changed the world but is unknown today.(Click here to see)
A VERY THOUGHTFUL AND BEWILDERING DRAMA ABOUT A MAN WHO WAS MEANT TO DO GREAT THINGS IN A WORLD THAT WAS NOT READY TO ACCEPT HIS ECCENTRICITIES (CLICK HERE TO SEE)
A well-crafted character study which just might land the talented Benedict Cumberbatch a coveted Academy Award.(Click here to see)
The Imitation Game is vibrant and lively, engaging you on three levels: The fascinating way the Nazis managed to outwit the rest of the world until Turing came along, how his giant contraption (essentially the world’s first computer) will work, and what will happen to him and everyone he knows when the truth about him is finally revealed. (Click here to see)
The Imitation Game‘s 1080p Blu-ray transfer is flawless. Anchor Bay’s 2.39:1-framed image reaches the zenith of clarity, detailing, and color reproduction. It’s naturally sharp and stable across the entire frame. Details are exacting, whether basic skin and heavy clothing lines or more subtle wooden patterns in various offices, terrain, machinery, scuffed trunks and train bodies in an early station shot, and even chalkboard surfaces. All dazzle considering both basic textures and intricate surface nuance alike. Colors are pleasing and consistent with a natural flavor evident in both the brightest and lowest-light scenes alike. There’s a definite chill to the palette, a light push to the production design that favors a somewhat gray, mildly dreary appearance, but every hue inside — whether bright reds and greens or more subtle earthy tones — is dazzling in terms of consistency and accuracy. Flesh tones are mildly pale while black levels are deep and precise. The image suffers from no discernible banding, blockiness, or other intrusive eyesores. Very light grain remains over a picture-perfect, film-quality presentation.
The Imitation Game‘s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack is rich and pleasing throughout. Musical delivery is frequently airy, featuring a wide yet balanced front end element and a naturally immersive surround support. Minor low end support gives it a little necessary weight. Music mildly drowns out some old radio broadcast clips early in the film. There’s not much in the way of hugely aggressive sound effects. A handful of recreated battle scenes featuring rattly bombers and rumbly tanks offer a good baseline aggression. Less aggressive sound effects are nicely defined but often fail to stretch too far into the back; pouring rain in one early scene largely lingers up front, but churning machine gears, a loud ringing bell, and other, meatier sound effects are delivered with pinpoint clarity and punch. Dialogue is healthy and firmly center-focused with a few short bursts of light reverberation when the shot demands it.
The Imitation Game contains a commentary, deleted scenes, a featurette, and highlights from three different Q&A sessions. Inside the Blu-ray case, buyers will find a voucher for a UV digital copy of the film.
- Audio Commentary: Director Morten Tyldum and Screenwriter Graham Moore discuss the film’s three-period structure, the real history behind the story, visual effects and crafting the brief war sequences, casting and performances, production design, the picture’s perspective, the film’s deeper themes, and more. This is a good, well-spoken track that supports the movie well.
- The Making of The Imitation Game (1080p, 22:44): A look at characters and plot specifics with a tighter focus on the life and work of the real Alan Turing, World War II and the people assembled to break the Enigma machine, the process of breaking the code, the repercussions of breaking the code, the consequences of Turing’s homosexuality, Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance, Keira Knightley’s work, the supporting cast, and the picture’s score.
- Deleted Scenes (1080p): Nock Is Being Followed (2:17) and Nock Discovers Alan (1:33).
- Q&A Highlights (1080p, 29:11): Bits of three different Q&A sessions. First, Screenwriter Graham Moore, Producer Teddy Schwarzman, and Director Morten Tyldum discuss the film from the Telluride Film Festival, August 29, 2014, hosted by Deadline‘s Pete Hammond. The piece shifts to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg hosting Director Morten Tyldum and Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley at the Screen Actors Guild, November 8, 2014. Next, Moderator David Friendly hosts Producers Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman, and Teddy Schwarzman; Production Designer Maria Djurkovic; Costume Designer Sammy Sheldon Differ; and Music Supervisor Lindsay Fellows.