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5.0 3
Director: Michael Apted

Cast: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows


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Michael Apted's literate thriller Enigma comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Apted, deleted scenes with optional commentary from the director


Michael Apted's literate thriller Enigma comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Apted, deleted scenes with optional commentary from the director, a making-of featurette, and trailers. This is a great disc from Columbia/TriStar which might help this film find a larger audience than turned out in theaters.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Director Michael Apted and screenwriter Tom Stoppard deliver a good, old-fashioned spy movie with all the trimmings in this smooth adaptation of Robert Harris’s bestseller. Set during World War II, Enigma follows a brilliant and temperamental young code breaker (Dougray Scott) who’s called upon to crack the Nazis' Enigma code before a major Allied convoy is sunk by U-boats. At the same time, he investigates the mysterious disappearance of the alluring blonde co-worker (Saffron Burrows) who broke his heart and may or may not be a spy. If this sounds like a mouthful of plot, it is, but Apted directs with a remarkable restraint that keeps a simmering pot from boiling over. He also draws some nicely understated performances from his cast, which includes Jeremy Northam -- as a wary British intelligence officer who's spying on everyone -- and Kate Winslet as the bookish, kindhearted woman who helps our hero solve mysteries of both mind and heart. Producers Lorne Michaels and Mick Jagger chose some seasoned veterans to make this film, and the final product, which is utterly devoid of Hollywood pyrotechnics, evokes British spy tales of decades past. With its literate dialogue and neo-classical approach to storytelling, Enigma is very much a thinking-person's mystery.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Despite its old-fashioned moral compass and tendency to disguise hugh chunks of unwieldy World War II exposition as dialogue, this docudrama manages to entertain on the strength of its plucky heroine, haunting femme fatale, and aura of innocence lost. Kate Winslet, glammed down and hiding behind spectacles, is the mystery-obsessed gal Friday for whom it's impossible not to root. Saffron Burrows, in a series of alluring flashbacks, is the real enigma haunting tortured mathematical genius/hero Dougray Scott. The sexual tension between Winslet's Hester Wallace and Scott's Tom Jericho is strictly pro forma, as is the eventual whodunit denouement. In-between, though, there are fascinating glimpses of cryptological history, plenty of period detail, and enough tweed-garbed mucking around in the English countryside to fill an entire PBS miniseries. Ultimately, veteran director Michael Apted's picture is an absurd anachronism, but one that holds onto the strength of its convictions, resulting in a watchable enough piece of historical fluff.
Washington Post
With an unorthodox, at least by Hollywood standards, heroine (brains trump beauty!) and an adventure with the highest stakes imaginable (math prodigy saves the free world!), the oddball allure of Enigma is no mystery. Michael O'Sullivan
San Francisco Chronicle
For most of it's 117 minutes, Enigma delivers a powerful story from World War II that's based on real events. Jonathan Curiel
New York Observer
Visits spy-movie territory like a novel you can’t put down, examines a footnote to history seldom brought to light on the screen, and keeps you guessing from first frame to last. Rex Reed

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Mastered in high definition; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English, Spanish; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Interactive menus

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dougray Scott Tom Jericho
Kate Winslet Hester Wallace
Saffron Burrows Claire Romilly
Jeremy Northam Wigram
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Puck
Matthew MacFadyen Cave
Tom Hollander Logie
Corin Redgrave Admiral Trowbridge
Robert Pugh Skynner
Donald Sumpter Leveret
Richard Leaf Baxter
Ian Felce Proudfoot
Bohdan Poraj Pinker
Paul Rattray Kingcome
Richard Katz De Brooke
Tom Fisher Upjohn
Nicolas Rowe Villiers
Angus MacInnes Commander Hammerbeck
Mary Macleod Mrs. Armstrong
Michael Troughton Mermagen
Edward Hardwicke Heaviside
Anne-Marie Duff Kay
Tim Bentinck U-Boat Commander
Rosie Thomson Duty Clerk
Emma Buckley Land Army Girl
Mirjam De Rooij Lady Lodger
Adrian Preater RAF Corporal
Edward Woodall Bletchley Brain
Hywel Simons Male Lodger
Emma Davies Pamela
Martin Glyn Murray RAF Officer
John Barry Conductor

Technical Credits
Michael Apted Director
Robert Aarts Executive Producer
Mark Archer Stunts
Joep Bannenberg Production Manager
John Barry Score Composer
John Beard Production Designer
David Brown Co-producer
Tracey Caudle Stunts
Trevor Coop Camera Operator
Ate de Jong Associate Producer
Guy East Executive Producer
Louis Elman Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Franzl Stunts
Thomas Garvin Executive Producer
Marijhe Geheniau Makeup
Steve Griffin Stunts
James Grogan Stunts
Richard Hammett Stunts
Nick Heckstall-Smith Asst. Director
Peter Heslop Production Manager
Paul Higgins Asst. Director
Susan Howard Makeup
Hanno Huth Executive Producer
Mick Jagger Producer
Tidd James Stunts
Jeanney Kim Associate Producer
Derek Lea Stunts
Abi Leland Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Lucy Stunts
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Seamus Mcgarvey Cinematographer
Rod McLean Art Director
Michael White Executive Producer
Lorne Michaels Producer
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer
Ray L. Nicholas Stunts
Sharon O'Brien Makeup
Victoria Pearman Executive Producer
Julian Plunkett-Dillon Associate Producer
Nicholas Powell Stunts
Angie Wills Production Production Manager
Seon Rogers Stunts
Dan Rose Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Rose Art Director
Shirley Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Gordon Seed Stunts
Mary Selway Casting
Rick Shaine Editor
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Philip Sindall Camera Operator
Eliza Solesbury Set Decoration/Design
Anna Stacey Stunts
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Natasha Tahta Asst. Director
Peter Talbot Cinematographer
Stef Tijdink Cinematographer
Wilko Van Amerongen Sound Mixer
Diederik Van Middlekoop Musical Direction/Supervision
Jaap Verburg Art Director
Lesa Warrener Makeup
Tim Wooster Camera Operator
Marion Zilversmit Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:33]
2. Return to Betchley Park [3:07]
3. Three Convoys at Sea [3:09]
4. The Enigma Machine [3:33]
5. German Weather Code Book [3:41]
6. Shark Traffic [2:57]
7. Cottage Flashback [3:57]
8. Missing German Intercepts [4:55]
9. A Visitor [5:24]
10. Happiest Month of His Life [6:17]
11. The Secret Inside the Secret [3:39]
12. Adu [3:13]
13. Type X Machines [1:45]
14. Complications [1:29]
15. Out of Bounds [1:35]
16. Tom Can See Clearly Now [3:28]
17. A Wayback Into Shark [4:39]
18. Beaumanor [3:57]
19. Secret Intelligence in Pursuit [1:59]
20. Decoding the Intercepts [6:29]
21. Something To Show Them [7:38]
22. "We're In Business" [9:12]
23. 4000 Polish Corpses [2:51]
24. The Train to Manchester [5:06]
25. Claire Was Your Agent [5:59]
26. Catching Up With Puck [2:41]
27. The Package Is Ready [1:30]
28. Claire's Fate [10:46]


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Enigma 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie was so wonderful I don't know how I missed it in the theatres. The location shooting is fabulous, lovely English countryside. I thouroughly enjoy a period film and this one had it all, clothes, cars, and city scenes. What a wonderful suspenseful adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It kept me guessing until the end. All the actors gave great performances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Enigma in the theater in fact, I went to an art-film theater because the local cineplex wasn't showing it. I loved it. The movie is full of WWII spy-intrigue and the ending is great. It was good to see Kate Winslet again, post-Titanic, and one of the good things about this film is that she's a bit plump in this movie, a nice change from abnormally thin actresses. You have to see this movie!