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Elektra (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Jennifer Garner , Goran Visnjic , Rob Bowman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, Kirsten Prout, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
  • Directors: Rob Bowman
  • Writers: Frank Miller, Mark Steven Johnson, Raven Metzner, Stu Zicherman, Zak Penn
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Avi Arad
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0Y7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,298 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Elektra (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 3 deleted scenes
  • The Making of Elektra, including interviews with Rob Bowman and Jennifer Garner
  • Jennifer Garner's Comic-Con Presentation
  • Inside the Editing Room featurettes
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

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While 2003's Daredevil was a conventional superhero movie, the 2005 spinoff, Elektra, is more of a wuxia-styled martial arts/fantasy flick. Elektra (Jennifer Garner) has returned to her life as a hired assassin, but she balks at an assignment to kill a single father (Goran Visnjic, ER) and his teenage daughter (Kirsten Prout). That makes her the target of the Hand, an organization of murderous ninjas, scheming corporate types, and a band of stylish supervillains seeking to eliminate Elektra and tip the balance of power in the ongoing battle of good vs. evil.

As the star of Alias, Garner has proven that she can kick butt with the best of them, and some of the visual effects are impressive, but the action sequences tend to be anticlimactic, and there's not much to the story. Fans will notice numerous references to Frank Miller's comic books, but there's very little resemblance to Miller's cold-blooded killer (Elektra with an agent? Elektra referring to herself as a "soccer mom"?).

Is Elektra better than Daredevil? Not really, even with the distinct advantage of having all Garner and no Ben Affleck. That could be the spinoff's greatest disappointment: after Spider-Man 2 raised the bar for comic-book movies, Elektra lowered it back to Daredevil's level. Directed by Rob Bowman (the X-Files movie), and featuring Terence Stamp as the mysterious mentor Stick, Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day) as the chief villain, and NFL-player-turned-mixed-martial-arts-champion Bob Sapp as the immovable Stone.

DVD features
Ben Affleck's much-rumored cameo is one of the deleted scenes on the Elektra DVD. It's a one-minute throwaway, and while he's supposedly appearing as Matt Murdock (who romanced Elektra in Daredevil), the barrage of celebrity gossip makes it impossible to see him as anything other than Jennifer Garner's real-life boyfriend. There's also a making-of featurette, which is mostly promotional hype other than a few interesting effects shots; four editing featurettes; and Jennifer Garner's videotaped message to ComicCon. --David Horiuchi

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Product Description

FROM THE FORCES THAT BROUGHT YOU X-MEN AND DAREDEVIL?Superstar Jennifer Garner proves that looks can kill as the sexiest action hero ever to burst from the pages of Marvel Comics. Restored to life after sustaining mortal wounds in Daredevil, an icy, solitary Elektra (Garner) now lives only for death as the world?s most lethal assassin. Using her bone-crunching martial arts skills and Kimagure?the ability to see into the future?Elektra is on a collision course with darkness? until her latest assignment forces her to make a choice that will lead either to her redemption or destruction in the ultimate battle between good and evil!

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hero in a tight red suit July 23, 2005
Format:DVD
For pure entertainment value, I thought this was a great movie. Good vs. Evil, female superhero with hot red costume, villains with magical powers, martial arts action, dreamy fight scenes a la "Hero" and a valuable treasure to be protected.

On the surface, this movie swept me away with its action sequences and special effects, but then I got to thinking, and that kind of spoiled it for me.

Elektra (Jennifer Garner) at the beginning of the movie was the coolest thing in red ever. She was like Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) from the first Matrix movie, unstoppable, inhuman, focused and deadly, plus she looked darned good in that outfit with her hair swinging around.

As the story goes, suffering from a bit of burnout, she accepts one more assignment, and then suddenly has a change of heart when she receives her hit list. From here on, the writers strip away her intrigue and mystique, and it was disappointing to see a superhero suffer from OCD and insomnia, depend on an agent instead of a trusty butler, and generally get less and less super and more and more vulnerable. She doesn't even don the red body hugger again until the end of the movie.

The bad guys then begin pursuing her new acquaintances, and she assumes a bodyguard role without even asking why one man and his daughter would be worth the effort. After a lot of ta-da, she ends up back at the training camp of her sensei, who although blind like all good mentors, is not an inscrutable Asian with a long moustache, but a cranky white dude named Stick (Terrence Stamp).

This brings us to the best part of the movie, with a group of villains with real superpowers, who of course choose to attack one by one so that the good guys can save the day.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected April 1, 2005
Format:DVD
I thought Daredevil was an absolutely pointless film with anonymous direction and an unappealing, non-unapalling lead actor. Thankfully, Elektra has a prettier lead and stronger direction from Rob Bowman, who seems to have ditched the slimy creature effects he seemed so fond of in X-Files and Reign of Fire.

Daredevil is nowhere near as popular in the collective public conscience as Spiderman or even the Hulk. So imagine why Elektra failed at the Box Office. The whole world saw the poster and thought 'Who is she supposed to be?'. Either that or they saw the horrible, highly cliched trailer that totally misrepresented the film.

The resulting critical mauling by just about everyone wasn't completely fair nor was it completely unexpected. The film reeks of deleted scenes and subplots that have been completely cut out. It fades out at the 90-minute mark, leaving us wondering why they even bothered.

However, what we do get is a mild, but nonetheless entertaining action movie with an almost constant spooky atmosphere. The plot is meagre and many of the subs and tangents are never explained or developed. Or they were then got cut out in the editing room (along with Ben Affleck, thankfully)? If they got Frank Miller (he did create the character after all!) to write the script instead of 3 nobodies then it could have been something special.

The DVD is in crisp 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with loud, sometimes dynamic Dolby/DTS 5.1 sound. Besides a trailer for the new Family Guy series the extras are of the usual 'whogivesadamn' lot.

Perhaps a future directors cut will improve the film, but as it is Elektra is hardly brilliant, but definitely an above average brainless movie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superisingly Good April 5, 2005
Format:DVD
After reading some reviews I was unsure whether I was gonna like this movie or not but I just watched it, and thank god its not as bad as The Punisher, I actually thought it was better than Dare Devil, it had more action, the stylish effects look superb, the sound is excellent (especially if you have DTS) and the story was very intrigining. If you like ninjas, assassins and comic book characters you will love this movie.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Serious Marvel Movie April 11, 2005
Format:DVD
I loved this movie for its style, very serious, hardly any comedy in the movie. One of the things i respect this movie for is the less use of blood compared to other Marvel flicks, because while the other movies are good, they use way too much violence to try to appeal to fans. Elektra is very dark, in fact when i compare this to the rest of Marvels movies, this is the darkest. Jennifer Garner is stunning as Elektra, and so is Kirsten Prout who plays a very well done Abby Miller. You have to have an imagination to watch this film, because everything is exaggerated when compared to reality, like Elektra getting kicked in the face and flying through the air for about 20 feet.

Will Yun Lee and Jennifer Garners fight scenes, in my opinion, outdo most of the Marvel movies. Because not only are they using real weapons, but they are also doing their own stunts. The CGI is simplistic compared to Spider-man and Daredevil, but i think that is why it is so good. Because it gives the movie a very comicbook look.

A very low budgeted film, well atleast it's cheap compared to some of the recent films in theaters. Just breaking 43 million dollars to make, the low budget was mainly due to the fact that a lot of the enviroments they are in are real, some is stage, but most is real. Average box-office, 24 million in the U.S. I think it was mainly due to late advertising of the movie, but it did manage to gross 30 million around the world, same as the Punisher. But overall, box-office gross does not mean this isn't good, this movie is really good, in fact i think it is superior to some of Marvels other films.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but, flawed
I did enjoy the movie, but this movie posses many flaws in it. Strengths were the menace and unpredictability I got from the villains, protagonists that I cared for and some of the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by R. Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Elektra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What can one say about this movie? Only that Jennifer Garner is HOT, and the only thing better was Jen in Alias!!!!!!!!
Published 27 days ago by Robert Korbelic
5.0 out of 5 stars Inky Blacks
If you have an HDTV that is superior enough to take advantage of this beautiful film on Blu-Ray, Elektra is a must have for that reason. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Truth Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Elecktra
Excellent action and thrilling action by the lead actress, great bow and arrow expertise, great outfits. Great fighting by Ninjas.
Published 1 month ago by philip katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great action; super story line
Worth every cent. This movie appeals to young and old (age 7 and age 66). No offensive language. Not too scary for the 7-year old; plenty of dialog at the adult level. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul N Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
The dvd case was old, and the stickers were impossible to get off. The slip case was also not in good condition, and should have been noted.
Published 2 months ago by Elvenlotus
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Exciting and loved it. Will definitely recommend it to others who may have missed it on big screen. Wishing for Elektra 2
Published 2 months ago by Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better that we expected.
I thought this would suck, but we were buying it to complete our Marvel collection. It turned out to be a fun movie.
Published 2 months ago by D. Myerscough
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I had seen it before, that was why I bought it, I recommend this to anyone. You cannot go wrong with this product.
Published 3 months ago by Murph
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movies
Much better than I thought it would be. Nice plot, action, and Jennifer wins in this movie. I would recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Jahi
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nope, it's still a deleted scene in the director's cut set.
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