The Imitation Game appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. At all times, this became a terrific presentation.
Sharpness consistently pleased. If any instances of softness materialized, I didn’t see them, as the movie always looked tight and accurate. I witnessed no shimmering or jagged edges, and the movie lacked edge haloes or source defects.
Most period pieces like Imitation Game opt for an amber feel, but not this one – it dared to be different with teal! I wasn’t wild about that choice as a stylistic decision, but I couldn’t fault the reproduction of the hues, as they came across well. Blacks were deep and dark, and low-light shots offered smooth, clear elements. All aspects of the image satisfied.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it seemed more than capable for a character drama such as Imitation Game. Due to the war elements, the mix managed to open up on occasion and use the five speakers in an involving manner. For instance, a scene with planes, ships and submarine delivered a nice sense of place and action. Various explosions also boasted serious bang.
However, those moments remained fairly infrequent, as the majority of the film focused on dialogue and general atmosphere. This left us with a mostly unambitious soundscape, which was fine with me. A movie like this didn’t need a dynamic soundfield, and the end result created a good feel for the settings.
Audio quality appeared pleasing. Music was lively and lush, while speech appeared distinctive and concise. Effects showed good clarity and accuracy, with nice low-end when necessary. I felt the audio suited the story.
As we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from director Morten Tyldum and writer Graham Moore. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/script/character areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, production design and period details, historical elements, music, visual effects, and related topics.
Overall this becomes a good commentary. Tyldum and Moore occasionally indulge in too much happy talk, but they still offer a useful array of details about the movie. They mostly stay on topic and turn this into an informative enough piece.
During the 22-minute, 44-second Making of The Imitation Game, we hear from Moore, Tyldum, biographer David Leavitt, author Walter Isaacson, producers Teddy Schwarzman, Ido Ostrowsky and Nora Grossman, composer Alexandre Desplat, and actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Charles Dance, Mark Strong and Keira Knightley. “Making” looks at the facts behind the movie’s story and characters as well as cast/performances, music and overall thoughts. “Making” seems pretty general and doesn’t do much more than tell us some basics. It’s watchable but not especially insightful.
Two Deleted Scenes come next. We get “Nock Is Being Followed” (2:17) and “Nock Discovers Alan” (1:33). Both take place in the 1951 parts of the film and deal with the police detective who addresses the break-in at Turing’s flat. The former tells us how Detective Nock gained access to Turing’s classified file, while the latter expands on the movie’s conclusion. “Followed” is the better of the two and probably should’ve made the final cut, as it explains a scene that seems confusing.
Q&A Highlights compiles chats from a variety of screenings/settings. In the 29-minute, 11-second piece, we locate comments from Tyldum, Moore, Cumberbatch, Knightley, Schwarzman, Cumberbatch, Knightley, Ostrowsky, Grossman, costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ, music supervisor Lindsay Fellows and production designer Maria Djurkovic.
We get some basics about the project’s development, story/characters, cast and performances, costume and production design, and music. Most of the useful details emerge toward the end, as that’s where we hear about music, costumes and set design. The prior elements have some merit but seem more generic and redundant.
The disc opens with ads for Philomena and The King’s Speech. No trailer for Game shows up here.
Probably my second-favorite of Oscar’s 2014 Best Picture nominees, The Imitation Game presents an involving drama. It covers an array of eras, characters and situations with aplomb and keeps the audience interested the whole time. The Blu-ray delivers excellent visuals as well as satisfying audio and a mostly informative set of supplements. Imitation Game presents a professional and engaging historical drama.