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The Illusionist [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan
  • Directors: Neil Burger
  • Writers: Neil Burger, Steven Millhauser
  • Producers: Bob Yari, Brian Koppelman, Cathy Schulman, Chris Miller, David Levien
  • Format: Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: April 6 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U0D77C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,416 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cesar on Sept. 30 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By citacica on Oct. 15 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD by chance. Mostly because of Edward Norton whose acting is always first rate, and partly because of its setting being in Vienna. And what a pleasant surprise it was! I just love everything about this film. There are not many movies on the list of my favorites, but The Illusionist has become one of them after the first viewing.

I recommend it to everybody.
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Format: DVD
"The Illusionist" is luxuriously filmed and scored in the opulent style of Joel Schumacher's recent "The Phantom of the Opera." And this might not be a bad thing had the movie not taken itself so dreadfully serious. In fact to be honest, "The Illusionist" is the worst kind of film making: dull, sickeningly pretentious, overstuffed visually and pompously acted. Even the excellent Edward Norton, who can usually do no wrong, is caught up in all the declamatory, melodrama style of acting on exhibit here. To top it all off Phillip Glass borrows many themes from his irritating score of "The Hours" which underscores and sometimes over scores what little action there is in this static bore of a film.

Despite all of this, the actual bare bones story is unusual and interesting having to do with reality/illusion, love/desire, sexual attraction and the walls between social classes that existed in turn of the century Vienna. Director Neil Burger's take on all this is simply just wrong. In a nutshell: if your story is tricky, complicated, mysterious, etc...you had better make all the window dressing, including the acting, very straightforward and pure devoid of old-style stage gesticulations and overly dramatic musical crescendos. Burger, of course does just the opposite and what we have then is once again: an excellent cast miss-used, an interesting story miss-directed...another case of great aspirations turned into a big, over-fed, corpulent sow of a movie.
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By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 16 2007
Format: DVD
i really liked this movie.it held my interest right to the very end.it's a much more complex movie than it seems at 1st glance.there is some depth to both the story and the characters.Jessica Biel,in particular impressed me with the deph she brought to her character,proving she can hold her own with some heavyweights in the industry.the movie is set mostly in Vienna,sometime in the 19th century,if i'm correct,and i thought that was a very appropriate setting for this movie.Vienna seems like it would be a romantic city,and the movie is a romance at its core,but also much more than that.it also contains plenty of intrigue and suspense.these elements all work very well together in this movie,at least i think so.i also liked the ending.it was low key,almost anti climatic,but it works."The Illusionist" gets a strong 4/5 from me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexey Maximov on July 13 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The movie is great! But this blu-ray release does not have any subtitles, bonuses etc.
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By Cone on Feb. 23 2007
Format: DVD
I have never written a review for a film before, but The Illusionist is definitely worth the effort. If you like period films, and this is a good one; if you just like a really good movie, it's all that, too! Masterful acting from Edward Norton (we would expect nothing less from him), Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti. Rufus Sewell does an excellent job in making us hate his guts as the Crown Prince. This film is well directed and beautiful to behold. A tastefully done love story, with interesting twists and turns, that makes the whole experience pure `magic'.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is really a good movie and I enjoy it. However there's a problem with this blu-ray addition. I already had the 1st DVD release and wanted more information. So, I was disappointed that I found on this blu-ray just a movie and no extras, no interviews or commentaries, and no subtitles. Well, when I buy a blu-ray disc I expect more than just a movie! As I said, I like the movie but can rate only 2 stars for a very cheap and shallow addition. This movie is too good to be sold in a such poor addition.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By NOTLGeoff on Oct. 31 2006
Format: DVD
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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