SRP $24.99 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 LIONS GATE

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 realizes.
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.