Movie Renter's Guide - September, 2009


"Duplicity" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle


Julia Roberts and Clive Owen are two former spies, one MI6, one CIA, who have turned to careers preventing corporate espionage.  After falling for each other, they begin looking for a single big score that will allow them to retire from the game.  They soon become entangled in an all-out war between the CEOs of two rival soap companies.  Through a series of flashbacks a complicated web of plans within plans and elaborate cons begins to unfold.  The final act is a completely unexpected twist that almost no one will see coming.



  • Universal
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 5 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC1
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti
  • Directed by Tony Gilroy
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Implied
  • Language: Mild


I find many movies like this to be difficult to follow; not so with Duplicity.  While you do have to pay attention, it’s pretty clear most of the time what’s going on.  The chemistry between Owen and Roberts is well-played.  They constantly walk the fine line between love and trust as they weave their schemes during the fast-paced storyline.  Even the viewer can’t always tell if they’re actually double-crossing each other or cooperating!  The plot resolution is truly unique and was a complete surprise to my wife and me.  The idea of two rich and powerful men fighting over seemingly mundane things like soap creates a very comedic stage for a well-thought-out story and well-executed performances by a group of A-list actors.


Like most recent films on Blu-ray, this transfer is top-notch.  Colors are highly saturated yet natural and pleasing to the eye.  Contrast is quite punchy with deep black levels, good shadow details and bright highlights.  The different lighting environments were clearly presented both by color and contrast.  Sharpness and clarity are very good but there is a hint of edge enhancement here and there which I found unnecessary.  The DTS-MA soundtrack was very clean and detailed with a wide dynamic range.  Dialog was clear and presented slightly forward in the soundstage.  Music was punchy like the image with a lot of clean clear bass guitar and drums.


The only bonus feature is a commentary track from writer/director Tony Gilroy and editor/co-producer John Gilroy.