The Illusionist [Blu-ray]
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Set in the late nineteenth century in Vienna, The Illusionist has a very nice old-world feel. There is a lovely, mood-enhancing score by Philip Glass and the film is given a sepia-toned look to complete the effect. Not only is the acting of the principals excellent, but the audiences and extras are very well directed and choreographed in their behavior. This really helps the live performance scenes come alive. The film is about an illusionist named Eisenheim (Aaron Johnson/Edward Norton) who starts to use his illusions for purposes beyond the stage. In particular, he aims to help gain back a forbidden love from his boyhood (Sophie, played by Eleanor Tomlinson and Jessica Biel) who is betrothed to a prince. I suspect action junkies might get a little restless, but admirers of rich stories and intrigue will likely love it.
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.
I recommend it to everybody.
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.
Edward Norton plays the illusionist in rather a boring fashion. He is carried by the fantastic acting of Paul Giamatti, as the inspector and by a very strong script. Norton's clever dialouge also helps make the movie, as his words to the inspector have alternate or hidden meanings. Norton attempts to win his childhood sweetheart from the prince as she was torn away from him in his youth due to their class differences. This is a movie you must pay attention to and watch closely in order to get the full effect. No fast forwarding allowed. It was currently in the Wal-Mart $5.00 bin and used ones are even cheaper on Amazon. This one is a keeper.
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Excellent movie if you're into magic and illusion. Edward Norton has become a great actor. I enjoy seeing him when he portrays thriller movies of sorts such as a murderer or... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul Bartley
GREAT MOVIE!!!!!! . . . Very entertaining with lots of twist . . . a movie you would want to watch a number of times . . . highly recommended and worth every pennyPublished 11 months ago by maytag921935