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Inkheart (+ BD-Live) [Blu-ray] (2009)

Brendan Fraser , Paul Bettany , Iain Softley  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis
  • Directors: Iain Softley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NPD9JK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,324 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Inkheart (+ BD-Live) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Additional scenes
  • Eiiza Reads to Us: costar Eliza Bennett shares a favorite Inkheart passage not in the book, accompanied by Cornelia Funke illustrations
  • A Story from the Cast and Crew: novelist Funke plays "Tell Me a Story" and triggers the start of a wild adventure for the moviemakers
  • From Imagination to the Page: How Writers Write: the "process" of inspiration
  • BD-Live features

Editorial Reviews

When Mo Folchart reads a story, the characters leap off the page. Literally. And that's a problem. Mo must somehow use his special powers to send the interlopers back to their world…and save ours. If ever a task was easier read than done, this is it. Mo and his daughter Meggie, aided by friends real and fictional, plunge into a thrilling quest that pits them against diabolical villains, fantastic beasts and dangers at every turn. Brendan Fraser (The Mummy films, Journey to the Center of the Earth) leads a splendid cast (including Academy Award winners* Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent) in an all-fun, all-family film of Cornelia Funke's bestseller. Follow Mo and Meggie into adventure more exciting than any ever read. Because it's adventure they're going to live!

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97 of 110 people found the following review helpful
Ever wish Narnia or Middle Earth were real? Or that you really could sit down to coffee with Jo March or Anne of Green Gables? What if anything you read came out of the book and into your world?

People with this gift exist in Inkheart. They're called Silvertongues, and some of them don't even know they have this ability, like Mo Folchart (Brendan Fraser). One night when he reads from a novel called Inkheart to his wife and three-year-old daughter, more than one villainous character suddenly appears out of the book, and his wife suddenly disappears into the book.

Mo has never read aloud again, and for nine years he's searched tirelessly for another rare copy of Inkheart in the hopes that somehow he can read his wife back out. His daughter Meggie (Eliza Bennett) is now twelve and travels Europe with her father, a bookbinder, from bookstore to bookstore. She doesn't know why her Mom abandoned them. She doesn't even know what her father's searching for. But she soon finds out when a strange man named Dustfinger confronts Mo, demanding to be read back into Inkheart. The adventure soon takes both of them into the wilds of Italy, and along the way they make friends and enemies, discovering more than they wish about themselves and the magic of Inkheart.

Based on a novel by Cornelia Funke, Inkheart is a wonderful tribute to the power of story and the love of reading. It's hard to see why its been lambasted by many critics, because all the elements of a great family-friendly film are here in full force. Its reverence for books shows kids that reading is magical and books are to be treasured. The fantasy adventure taps into a thriving market that's already been developed by Harry Potter and Narnia.

Inkheart features several noteworthy actors and actresses.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a romp through space and time! WOW September 14, 2009
By Bayfia
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Inkheart was quite a surprise for me. I was not sure from the movie title if the film would be worth watching, but after watching it, I have to say it's one of the best fantasy films I've seen in quite awhile! The acting is superb, the story line is marvelous, and the creativity present in the story development was wonderful. There's plenty of action, some very interesting twists, and a great outcome. I felt good after watching this film, and excited to share it with friends. It kept me guessing every step of the way. Awesome film ... one I will watch again and again!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair fantasy flick January 24, 2009
Have you ever become so immersed in a book that it seemed to come to life?

Suppose it really did. That premise underlies this enchanted fantasy story. I have to admit, the movie's basic passion for the written word spoke to something inside me. So did the libraries of whispering books, which brought to life something that had only been metaphorically real for me before, and so did the girl with her own zeal for reading and aspirations toward writing. On top of that, I was somewhat tickled to see the best of today's movie making effect-meisters putting so much effort into this tribute to the low tech pleasure of reading.

Given that magical beginning, the story might have become more - but drew me along anyway. The characters never wholly engaged me, though. Even Helen Mirren couldn't quite give her character the drive I might have hoped for. In truth, I was happy to see the effects kick in toward the second half of the movie, to give me visually what the plot wasn't offering.

I confess, I haven't read the book. It seems to have a loyal following, and loyal readers often express disappointment in how their favored scenes and characters appear on the screen. I had the luxury of judging the movie on its own merits, so I generally enjoyed it. Although a bit much for skittish small children, it's a kid-friendly fantasy - and one that works against the view that reading is for nerds.

-- wiredweird, reviewing the theatrical release
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Off the Page and Into Reality January 26, 2009
Some have criticized "Inkheart" for sending the wrong message about reading, as if it was warning children that opening a book will lead to disastrous results. I saw it differently; to me, "Inkheart" sends a wonderful message about the imagination of writers and the power they have to create and/or destroy entire worlds. When the forces of evil become overpowering, the writer regains control with a few strokes of a pen (or, more modernly, a few clicks on a keyboard). Far be it from me to want to sound corny, but as a writer myself, I respond well to stories that are about stories. Based on the German novel by Cornelia Funke, "Inkheart" is creative and fun, a fantasy about fantasy becoming reality. It tells the story of Mortimer Folchart (Brendan Fraser), a father who possesses the ability to bring forth characters from books simply by reading aloud. But there's a catch: If someone from the story crosses over into our world, then someone from our world has to cross over into the story.

Such a thing happened to Mortimer's beloved wife, Risa, as he was reading from the pages of a novel called "Inkheart." Nine years later, he and his twelve-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Bennett), continue to search the world for a copy of that book, which has long since gone out of print. If he can find one, he'll finally be able to read his wife out of the story. He and Meggie finally find one in a quaint bookshop in the middle of Italy. It's there that they run into Dustfinger (Paul Bettany), a juggler who has the ability to start fires with his own hands. As it turns out, he's a character from "Inkheart," and he's spent the last nine years following Mortimer with the hope that he can get him back into the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All I will say it is very good movie. You can't look away. There is power in written word.
Published 1 day ago by Spooky
5.0 out of 5 stars Not near as good as the book
Not near as good as the book, however, I intend to read the book with my grandsons, then what the movie with them and discuss it, hopefully showing them that sometimes books and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gregory A.
5.0 out of 5 stars INKHEART!
This is an excellent movie for the family to enjoy! It has a great storyline, and the acting is very well-done. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Tarwe, the Narnian Elf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my daughter just finished the book and really loved seeing the movie.
Published 8 days ago by Christine Chaison
5.0 out of 5 stars Inkheart-A clean family movie
Inkheart is a wonderful family movie. I have watched it many times. It's exciting enough that teens even like it. ;-)
Published 11 days ago by Connie Krueger
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 out of 3 say no
I saw a little bit of this is passing and thought it would be an entertaining show for kids. Unfortunately 2 out of 3 (ages 5, 7, and 9) thought it was "weird. Read more
Published 11 days ago by taaj
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 12 days ago by D. Pannell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
decent film, family fare.
Published 12 days ago by robert Kreutzman
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great movie, my whole family enjoyed its plot and ...
This was a great movie, my whole family enjoyed its plot and cinematography. I would recommend it to a friend.
Published 12 days ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
played well
Published 14 days ago by Alex Smeltzer
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