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Illusionist [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Unlock the mysteries of the year's most spellbinding film from the producers of Crash and Sideways Oscar® nominees Paul Giamatti and Edward Norton lead an all-star cast in this "stunning" film (USA Today) that conjures an exhilarating blend of suspense, romance and mind-bending twists. The acclaimed illusionist Eisenheim (Norton) has not only captured the imaginations of all of Vienna, but also the interest of the ambitious Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). But when Leopold's new fiancée (Jessica Biel) rekindles a childhood fascination with Eisenheim, the Prince's interest evolves into obsession...and suddenly the city's Chief Inspector (Giamatti) finds himself investigating a shocking crime. But even as the Inspector engages him in a dramatic challenge of wills, Eisenheim prepares for his most impressive illusion yet in this "mesmerizing" (Entertainment Weekly) and "beautifully acted" (Good Morning America) film that "teases you until the very end!" (The New York Times).

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars misjudged and underated - excellent Jan. 4 2007
Everyone knows the story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl. However, there is more to this story here. Set in turn-of-the-century Vienna, Norton is Herr Eisenheim, famous magician (rather, illusionist), whose stage performance has captivated the attention of the Crown Prince, who is to wed Duchess von Deschem (J. Biel), childhood friend of Eisenheim. A crime takes place, but who has done it? Chief Inspector Uhl (P. Giamatti) investigates. -- If you're not into period films, you might actually like this. If you're into such films, you'll hopefully be as captivated by “The Illusionist” as much as I was. The decor makes you feel you are actually in Vienna, the music is excellent (what more to expect from Philip Glass!), the colors and lighting are superb. Several underused actors, and not always at their best in other movies, yet I found them excellent here, and their characters' presentation is fascinating and very well set, from the beginning. Rufus Sewell (Crown Prince) might be considered as overacting, but his character demands this, as he is violent and pompous (to say the least). A wonderful directing work from Neil Burger. In my eyes, this is the most interesting script and the most beautiful film photography (and editing) of a movie picture of this decade.... so far.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An art movie for everyone Oct. 31 2006
I was staggered by how good this movie is. It was on my mind for days - a sure sign of it's quality. The action begins from the first frame, and holds you throughout. A wonderful twist which no-one I know could see coming. For once a sex scene that is totally in tune with the plot, and tastefully done. Everyone I have recommended this movie to has thanked me for sending them. I have never reviewed a movie before, but had to redress the view of the only other review currently in Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Illusionist April 1 2014
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Gawd, I loved this movie - second time I watched it - it's intense and Edward Norton plays the part so well.
and he gets the best of the royalty - good movie to get - you watch it intently and no talking and
a few gasps I really enjoyed it and watching after a long time, you catch everything he does but how,
have to figure that out, if one can. Good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dec 15 2012
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One of Edward Norton's best films. The mystery and suspense is captivating. Many layers to this story. Don't want to give it all away, so go for it. It's a winner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Movie - The Illusionist Feb. 19 2012
By Iruzen
Every time watched shows you more you didn't see before. Trying to guess the exact ending is almost impossible. Every performance leaves you with questions. I loved it and will be watching it many times more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new old fairy tale March 25 2007
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Young Sophie (Eleanor Tomlinson) upper class is enamored of budding illusionist, son of a carpenter, a (Aaron Johnson.) They are forcibly separated. Destined to meet again in the future as Edward Norton and Jessica Biel, their actions may have an effect of the future history of Europe.

I guess as an audience we are jaded with the onslaught of ghost stories and "seeing dead people" that the story and outcome is predictable, not that anyone took too much effort to hide. At least a fact or a butler did not pop out of the closet at the last minute.

However, the presentation was excellent with the film having a slight flicker gives a hand cranked quality to it. Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) tells the story in third person. The music that accompanies the film was by Philip Glass. Once again, Rufus Sewell (Fortinbras "Hamlet -1996") does an excellent portrayal of Crown Prince Leopold.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picture quality Sept. 30 2009
By Cesar
The Picture Quality of this release is one the best I've watched, and this is no minor feat for a movie with great amount of nightime scenes or scenes in dark theaters, in which blacks are solid and no noise is noticeable.

The aspect ratio is 1:85:1, which is the original, as detailed on [...].

The sound is robust (I heard the 5.1 DTS-HD master). Sounds are strong, dialogues are clear, and Phillip Glass' music is well enhanced.

Since it's a bare bones release (as most Alliance blu-rays have been), you can't escape the feeling that this is a "provisional" BD, something that you will have to replace with whatever edition they release in the United States or somewhere else. But if you're not a friend of extras and bonus materials, and don't even need subtitles of any kind, this is a good option.

Other options for audio are: English 5.1 Dolby Digital and French 5.1 Dolby Digital.
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