The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (Version française)
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Magic is everywhere in Disney's THE SORCERER'S APRENTICE -- the fun family adventure from the creators of NATIONAL TREASURE. Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly average kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer's apprentice. Experience more extraordinary thrills, heart-stopping action and spectacular special effects than you can imagine as these unlikely partners show us that the real world is far more magical than we ever knew!
Who doesn't wish they could unleash fire from their fingertips and make mops come to life? The Sorcerer's Apprentice enjoyably captures this fantasy as a young physics student named Dave (Jay Baruchel, She's Out of My League) learns that he's the inheritor of the powers of Merlin--and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a war between two of Merlin's protégés, Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) and Horvath (Alfred Molina, Spider-Man 2). The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a special-effects blockbuster--but it's a pretty good one, not reaching the charmed heights of Pirates of the Caribbean but so much better than Prince of Persia. It runs out of air toward the end, but before that it's jauntily entertaining, with capable dialogue, clever curlicues of plot, and most importantly delightful performances: Cage maintains a light touch, with enough eccentricity to be interesting but not so much that it derails the momentum; Baruchel continues his nerdy hero streak; supporting performances from Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla) and Alice Krige (best known as the Borg Queen from Star Trek) are comic and creepy respectively; Monica Bellucci (Shoot 'Em Up) and Teresa Palmer (Bedtime Stories) are mostly eye-candy but likable nonetheless; and Molina, as ever, is the best thing in the movie, playing silky villainy with effortless aplomb. All in all, good fun. --Bret Fetzer
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Audio: The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 was very well done. The sound effects were also very well recorded, where music bounced from front to lateral to rear speakers. Of course, the bass was also very strong, especially in the Dragon/Chinatown scene. (4.5/5)
Overall, it was an entertaining 109 minutes, with action from start to finish, with interesting story-line. Both video and audio presentations were solid. The special effects were well done. Also, thanks to Disney for putting the subtitles within the picture frame (for those with anamorphic lens). This is a movie for the whole family to have fun. Highly recommended.
The Disney movies are always very well done, with awesome actors and amazing effects - this movie is no exception. The story line for this movie is interesting at times an at times a bit boring. The action is cool and fun, the actors are great and Nicholas Cage plays a good sorcerer. Dave's performance was also good but his character at times was unsure of himself and thought he couldnt achieve anything, which after a while, gets irritating. You feel like you want to jump into the movie, smack him and tell me "you can do it!". The typical messages for kids - believe in yourself, if you're ordinary and a bit geeky you can still get the girl and achieve great things, stuff like that.
Overall, the movie was a fun watch, i wouldnt watch it again. But it is a good family movie to watch with the kids.
Fast-forward ten years, and Dave (Jay Baruchel) is now a 20-year old self-proclaimed physics nerd who gives lectures at the downtown NYU campus and has a huge lab off-campus where he experiments with Tesla coils.Read more ›
Believe and all will work out.
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I love this little movie!!
I had seen most of it on TV but never the very beginning!
The special effects are wonderful and Alfred Molina makes a darned good villain! Read more
Didn't have high expectations, but it's a fun ride with a wonderful nod to the Fantasia Sourcer's Apprentice.Published 4 months ago by R4V3N5G1R7
I wish they would come out with a follow-up story - they left it open at the end, and the chemistry between the actors/characters was good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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