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The Illusionist [Blu-ray]

Edward Norton , Jessica Biel , Neil Burger    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Problems with additions 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Play to the Rafters!! Oct. 31 2006
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 Vitold
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An art movie for everyone 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Illusionist April 1 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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
By Kate TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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
Format:DVD
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 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Would buy from again!
Disc was in perfect shape exactly what I wanted. Great price would buy from again thanks:)
Published 1 month ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite DVD
This could be my favourite DVD of all time (so far !) Not sure what else I can say.... I have watched it several times now ... and sure I will too again in the future.
Published 1 month ago by roebag
5.0 out of 5 stars illusion supreme!
One of the most interesting and entertaining movies I have seen, of which adds up to 4 times so far.
Published on Jan. 9 2011 by Ted.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie!
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2010 by citacica
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picture quality
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2009 by Cesar
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Must See movie
I was a bit disappointed with this movie. It is one of those movies, that had enough attraction to keep me in the seat and watch it, but afterwards I felt somewhat flat, as it... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2007 by Aeneas
4.0 out of 5 stars very good romantic,mystery,suspense movie
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. Read more
Published on March 17 2007 by falcon
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