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A Prophet [Blu-ray] (2009)

Tahar Rahim , Niels Arestrup , Jacques Audiard  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup
  • Directors: Jacques Audiard
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BWP3UM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Prophet [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

"As epic as The Godfather." -Kevin Maher,The London Times

"Like The Godfather, which it regularly recalls, A Prophet serves up crime as a metaphor for life and power…" -John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

"The film's hero is a cousin to the protagonists of The Godfather or Scarface, but the movie writes its gangland saga without phony mob glamour." - Robert Horton, Everett Herald

"If Malik doesn't remind you of Al Pachino's Michael Corleone on his journey from innocence to corruption in The Godfather saga, well…he should. A Prophet is similarly, startlingly momentous." -Stephen Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A Prophet is a new crime classic." -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"4 out of 4 stars." -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"A stylish revelation, recalling The Godfather…" -James Verniere, The Boston Herald

"A Prophet is Godfather good…" -Karen Durbin, Elle

"A Godfather saga set behind bars, Audiard's riveting tale of a young Arab's rise within the inmate hierarchy is as compelling as filmmaking gets." -Paul Ennis, Now Magazine


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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trajectory May 7, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Malik El Djebena enters prison a blank slate of nineteen. Immediately you realize his youth, his vulnerability in a savage, organized world that only sees him as fresh bait. He becomes the means to a murderous end for fellow inmate the Corsican mob and thus begins his descent into its servitude. Ironically, it is his position as their dirty Arab that provides his escape.

Propelled by stellar, stoic acting on Tahar Rahim's behalf, this story gripped me from blinded beginning to free end. Throughout the film you empathize with Malik. He's as much if not more a victim of his environment as he is a Machiavellian strategist gripping all opportunities available to him. It's not always pleasant to watch his endeavors, but they have an authenticity, a type of logic, that is followed until the end.

An amazing film that has made a fan where previously only an aversion to its subject matter existed, Un Prophéte deserves all the praise it gets.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
'A Prophet' settles it: Jacques Audiard is the best filmmaker working today. His previous two films (Read My Lips, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) were superb, but 'A Prophet' is his best creation so far. For me, it's the best film of 2009. It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film but was beaten out by El Secreto De Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes). I'll reserve judgment until I see that one, too, but it's hard to believe it's a better movie than Audiard's.

As another reviewer aptly notes on these pages, 'A Prophet' has more than subtle shades of 'The Godfather.' French Arab Malik (an amazing Tahar Rahim) starts the movie as a callow 19-year-old entering prison. Quickly, he's selected to carry out a hit by the Corsican gang that rules the prison. The hit itself is excruciatingly intense movie-making. The pressure was suffocating. [At least one fellow movie-goer left the theater and didn't return.]

After carrying out that task, Malik is protected by César Luciani (an equally mesmerizing Niels Arestrup) leader of the Corsicans in prison. In fact, Luciani effectively runs the prison. Thus begins a life for Malik in which the Corsicans see him as an Arab and the Arabs as a Corsican. But Malik proves himself more than an errand boy. As Malik is told by the character Reyeb, "the idea is to come out smarter than you came in." Reyeb is talking about book-smart intelligence, and - while Malik does take and excel at literacy training - Reyeb's epigram holds deeper meaning as well.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
If there is one thing I have appreciated about Jacques Audiard's work, you know you're in for a cinematic treat. I enjoyed his 1999 film "Venus Beauty Institute" (Vénus beauté institut), his 2001 film "Read My Lips" (Sur mes lèvres) and repeated his success with his 2005 film "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" (De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté) and in 2009, Audiard returned with "Un prophète" (A Prophet) which is based on the original screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit and rewritten by Audiard and Thomas Bidegain.

The film would receive critical praise and would go on to receive an Academy Award nomination in 2009, a winner of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix , won "Best Picture of the Year" at the London Film Festival and would join two films in the history of the César Awards by being nominated for 13 awards and the third film in French cinema history to win 9 or more César awards (the last two films was the 1980 film "The Last Metro" and the 1990 film "Cyrano de Bergerac").

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"A Prophet" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio). I've commented with nearly every Sony Blu-ray release of how these last two years have been fantastic in terms of overall presentation and quality. The picture quality for "A Prophet" is absolutely wonderful. You can see the detail of the grime around the prison, the weaves of fabric on the clothing, the scratches, cuts, wrinkles and skin pigmentation in HD and a color pallet that is full of detail and depending on the scene, great use of colors to showcase the cold prison life to the vibrant outdoor (and out of prison) scenes.

There is a fine layer of grain throughout the film and blacks are nice and deep.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Malik was a homeless Arab teen living on the streets of Paris when he's sent to jail for six years for assaulting a police officer. On the inside, a Corsican crime lord finds Malik's Arab heritage useful to him and forces Malik to do his "dirty work." And thus Malik begins to unlock his potential as a criminal mastermind. "A Prophet" is not as epic in scope or as rich in characters as gangster films such as "Goodfellas" or "City of God," but it is nonetheless an entertaining look at how it took prison to turn one man into a criminal.

The soundtrack is also excellent and highly recommended. It has one of the most original covers of "Mack the Knife" you'll ever hear.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, French, Beatiful
A beautiful, Thoroughly desciptive french film. Very french, but the detail and length are perfect. The depth that the story line + character development goes into, the way the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to watch but on balance, a masterpiece!
This is one of those films like La Haine that seem at first merely violent, but then reveal layers of meaning and craft beneath the narrative. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dan Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocked and amazed!
Wow wow wow! World class filmmaking with a story soo good it will knock your socks off. Starts slow BUT it's ment to when you realize why.
Published 5 months ago by Farfella
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir and excellent
This movie is subtle and intricate with absolutely stellar performances by the two leads. The cover description and other reviews gave me no clue as to what to expect in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by EA, South America
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie!
The movie is with subtitles but it is worth reading while watching. this movie is outside the box. I saw it on cable TV and had to buy the movie for my collection...A must see!
Published 8 months ago by SAS
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
This film left me with a feeling of inept script writing. The story is hard to follow wit little continuity and overall is a DUD!
Published 9 months ago by j.d. mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and well worth your time
This is a brilliant piece of film making, worthy of secondary status in the pantheon of the great Mafia films - Godfather, Casino, Goodfellas, etc. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Conan
4.0 out of 5 stars review of A Prophet
Well written, intelligent, insightful, edgy without being sensational, well cast and believable. Story gets a litle tangled at the end.
Published 13 months ago by Leslie Mandelbaum
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie Review
The review i read before i got this BR was deceiving. It was rated as a must watch but turn out slow and predictable.The acting was convincing but a little too slow.
Published 13 months ago by Benson Toh
4.0 out of 5 stars 'A Prophet' (2009): Review
More or less a required viewing for gangster film enthusiasts, Jacques Audiard’s ‘Un Prophete (A Prophet)’ is a solid, engrossing work following the 6-year stay in prison of one... Read more
Published 13 months ago by T. Bollinger
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I have the canadian edition. Mine has French or German audio. Subtitles are english, french, german or turkish. Canadian edition has the same cover and is a Sony Pictures Classics as well. Hope this helps.
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