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The Prestige [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson are pure magic in THE PRESTIGE on Blu-ray Disc. Dubbed "wildly entertaining" by Rolling Stone, this riveting tale is more astounding than ever in this dazzling new format. Two young, passionate magicians are friends and partners until one fateful night when their biggest trick goes terribly wrong. Now the bitterest of enemies, they will stop at nothing -- including deceit and sabotage -- to learn each other's secrets. Experience their obsessive rivalry in eye-popping 1080p and resounding 5.1 48 kHz, 24-bit uncompressed audio. But remember, nothing is what it seems, so be prepared to watch over and over again as Blu-ray High Definition teases and tantalizes your senses!
"The Director's Notebook: The Cinematic Sleight Of Hand Of Christopher Nolan -- Conjuring The Past; The Visual Maze; Metaphors Of Deception; Advocate For The Audience; Tesla: The Man Who Invented The Twentieth Century
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This film, directed by Christopher Nolan, is a drama set in late 19th century London that has some ingredients that can only be described as fantasy. All the same, the spectator won't be able to shake off the feeling that what he is watching is real, due to the excellent way in which the actors, the director and the scriptwriters managed to bring Priest's novel to life.
The title of this movie has to do with one of the three acts of which every outstanding magic trick consists. The first act is "The Pledge", when the magician shows you something seemingly ordinary. The second act is "The Turn", when the thing that seemed ordinary is turned into something extraordinary. The last act is "The Prestige", the act that crowns the magic trick and makes it unique. Magicians live and die for "The Prestige", and that act is somehow at the center of this story.
The main characters in this film are two magicians, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman), that due to a tragedy go from friendly rivals to fierce enemies. The quest of each one of them is to best the other, no matter the cost, notwithstanding the means. Who is the best magician, who can really achieve "The Prestige"? And will he live to boast about it?
On the whole, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie, and that I would gladly watch it a third time. Highly recommended...
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, 130 minutes
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie
Christopher Nolan takes chances in an industry which usually plays it safe. The Dark Knight was so much more than a comic book adaptation and Inception was not a typical blockbuster. These stories had mass appeal, but Nolan treated his audiences with respect. Both films have a complexity which is lacking in most popular movies.
If you go back to 2000 and take a look at Memento, you can see that Nolan has always believed that his audience was capable of figuring things out. One of his most complex films is The Prestige and I had to include it in this list. I've resisted the temptation to include multiple entries by one director for the most part, but Nolan is an exception because his films are so diverse. He's not using an established formula or focusing on one genre. In that respect, he's like a modern Stanley Kubrick.
Cutter (Caine) explains that a magic trick consists of three parts: The pledge looks at something, the turn alters that thing and the prestige is the payoff. One example would be seeing a bird in a cage (the pledge), seeing it disappear (the turn), and finally seeing the magician produce it from his pocket (the prestige).
The whole film plays out like a magic trick.
The Prestige is a complex story, set in Victorian England, with one significant twist and a number of minor surprises. It deals with the story of two rival magicians, Robert Angier (Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Bale). Borden inadvertently ties a knot which results in the death of Angier's wife when she fails to escape from a tank of water.Read more ›
Definitely worth buying.
It turned out to be a rather good little film with plenty of mystery and intrigue that will leave you wondering what's going on until the very end.
The story begins when a magician performs an illusion for a young girl explaining that each trick has three parts.The pledge, where the audience is presented with an ordinary object, the turn, where the object is turned into something extraordinary, and the prestige, where the object is brought back.
It is set in the time period of the Victorian Era, and entails two Magician/Illusionists who savagely compete with each other to see who can perform the best trick of all time.
The movie is very Dark and eerie at times, hinting that perhaps there is a supernatural power at hand.
David Bowie delivers an excellent yet mysterious performance as the legendary Electrical Scientist Nikola Tesla, leaving you wondering if he is some sort of immortal being or a scientific genius. He is hired by one of the magicians to create a device that will deliver the greatest illusion of all time...Human Teleportation. But at what cost is the magician willing to pay to have such a device?
The film has an excellent twist at the end that will shock you.
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I did not have any expectations when I watched this movie but it was surprisingly amazing to say the least. The stellar cast included Bale, Jackman, Johansson, Caine and Bowie. Read morePublished 13 days ago by jenc2j7w
One of our favourite movies. Very disturbing, but well done and imaginative.Published 1 month ago by MrsDiGiacomo
I wanted to watch this for the last 10 years and finally got it. WOW. Just wow. I can't believe how amazing, suspenseful, imaginative, and powerfully acted this movie was. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kate
Simply put - a fantastic film worth watching again and again. Buy the blu-ray! It's a great release.Published 6 months ago by Connor
Great movie. Great character development. Incredible plot twists.Published 11 months ago by Mark Thrice
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