The Illusionist (Widescreen Edition)
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Originally the short story was written as a political criticism of the Monarchy, based on the scandalous incident, where the bodies of Rudolf and his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera were found shot in a Royal hunting lodge, apparently a murder suicide which the Royal family kept from the public for many years.
Edward Norton as Eisenheim is understated and brilliant, as the many sleight of hand tricks in the film were actually done by the gifted actor. Norton must have practiced for months to reveal such confidence and skill needed for these types of trick. However, Norton's character portrayed a perfect man of mystery, begging the question, are these mere illusions or does Eisenheim possess supernatural power, controlling matter, energy, space and time itself.
The special effects in this film are well done.Read more ›
As the tale unwinds (and it does ever more quickly as it moves toward the end), we do learn more and more about what lies behind Eisenheim's sad eyes. When Sophie's body turns up in the river after an argument with Leopold, Eisenheim's shows take on a dark change and he becomes kind of a "John Edwards" of the 19th century...but this John Edwards can summon holographic ghosts onto the stage, much to the delight of his audience. Is he becoming more and more obsessed and perhaps insane as Sophie begins to appear in these seances?Read more ›
My only criticism is with the rest of the blu-ray treatment. While the picture and sound are excellent, everything else is an embarrassment. There is no main menu, no chapter selection or bookmarks, and no special features on the blu-ray disc. Just a garish intro page telling the viewer that they can access the specifications by pressing the top-menu button. That gives you access only to the audio setting. And there are no subtitle options either. Madness! Subtitles actually would help occasionally on this particular film as sometimes the actors are speaking quietly and are difficult to hear, and what they are saying is important to the mystery of the film.
This set includes the original dvd disc which DOES have a main menu with all the expected options, so the buyer gets a bizarre combination of a blu-ray disc with nothing but a hi-def picture, and a vastly inferior standard-def disc that treats the film with at least a little of the respect that it richly deserves.
In the end, I'm glad to finally have a hi-def version of The Illusionist, but I'm baffled and frustrated that Fox treated it with such contempt.
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This is a very good movie. I saw it before & decided to buy it. Worth watching!Published 13 days ago by Gsmlee
Such an interesting movie and we really enjoy the illusion of mystery and intrigue here.Published 15 days ago by S. Sanders
3 1/2 stars -- here's a good-looking movie, a period costume drama essentially, that doesn't have the courage of its convictions and at the end dispels rather clumsily the feeling... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Stanley Crowe
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You're an idiot who lacks the wonder of imagination.
Nov 22, 2007 by Music Lover | See all 3 posts
|The Prestige or The Illusionist?||
You are quite correct. I also saw and enjoyed both movies, but remember The Prestige worked with much larger budget, and greater studio backing.
Jan 15, 2007 by Dale Smith | See all 12 posts
Nope. No subtitles at all, which I found frustrating. Although I understand English fairly well, I may want to watch this film with my folks who absolutely need the Spanish subtitles. So disappointing.
Dec 20, 2010 by Freshy Fresh | See all 4 posts
J.P., The Illusionist is now available on Blu-ray Disc. I just ordered my copy. I had to go page by page until I found it, because if you just type in the title in amazon's browser, it won't come-up. Numerically, it can be found in the 900's.
Good luck with your search!
Oct 21, 2008 by Albert J. Gomez | See all 3 posts
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