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LIONS GATE FILMS has released the unusual thriller, “INTACTO.” Part
Spanish, part English, the film is trying at times. Director Juan Carlos’ idea
of a secret society wherein it’s been discovered that “luck” is something that
can be transferred from one person to another and capitalized on, has great
potential, and there are more than a few compelling moments. Unfortunately, the
plot also seems convoluted at times, diminishing an otherwise terrific mystery.
Max Von Sydow has built a huge personal fortune through a casino he controls,
wherein his adapted son uses his powers to take away the “luck” from players on
a winning streak. When the son, Federico, decides to quit this job and escape
his environment. The bitter, greedy father, Samuel, has him beaten up, and
robbed of his powers.
Years pass, and Federico, having lost most of his wealth, is determined to get
it back. His hopes lie in finding someone with an extreme amount of luck. He
finds this in Tomas, the only survivor of a massive plane crash. After
mentoring Tomas, Federico pushes him through blackmail to take part in his
ultimate scheme at obtaining his fortune, in a world even more dangerous than he
LIONS GATE has preserved the film’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement.
It’s excellent! The imagery is well presented here, with solid colors and
incredible detail. This is a dark looking film, and the transfer still manages
to capture all of the various details without failure. Contrast is excellent.
Fleshtones appear natural throughout.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is impressive, although not as aggressive as we’d
expected. The surrounds are utilized to enhance key scenes, but it’s mostly
delegated for music. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
In addition to various trailers and featurettes, there’s a terrific commentary
included. Although for those whom don’t speak Spanish, the only way to access
it is through optional English subtitles.