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The Ninth Gate (2000)

Johnny Depp , Frank Langella , Roman Polanski  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (899 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Barbara Jefford
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Enrique Urbizu, John Brownjohn
  • Producers: Adam Kempton, Alain Vannier, Antonio Cardenal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (899 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305897786
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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164 of 184 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Prince of Darkness comes into his own July 20, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Empty your mind of all preconceived ideas about this film before viewing, and it will be a very worthwhile experience. It is not a horror film. It is definitely an occult film that takes a fresh look at the old theme of His Unholiness making an appearance on earth. The Ninth Gate has a superior cast who perform their parts well under the direction of a director with a worldwide reputation for genius, especially when it comes to depicting the darker matters of the mind. The film is what you would expect from such a combination of human talent. The strictly human characters display themselves in such a way that it becomes possible to read their minds and feel their motives. In so doing, the necessity of the one supernatural character becomes abundantly clear.
Johnny Depp plays Curso, a dealer in and locator of rare books who, as Balkan (Langella's character) points out, is worthy of trust because his loyalty can be bought. Balkan pays the right price to have Depp travel from New York to Lisbon and Paris in search of the two other copies of a rare book Balkan has recently acquired--one that was supposedly co-authored by the Devil and one of his most loyal disciples, the latter of whom was burned at the stake in the 1600's for his own loyalty. Balkan insists that he thinks only one copy of the book is genuine, and he wants to make sure his copy is the one.
It is obvious that Depp has no idea what he is getting himself into, but for all his cynical disregard of humanity, he becomes the "innocent" in this story, because he is the one person who becomes aware and admits early on that he has no idea what he has gotten into. Balkan says he obtained his copy of the book in a true sale from the owner just before the owner committed suicide.
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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Film - Highly Underrated! July 31, 2003
Format:DVD
The Ninth Gate is a great film and one of Roman Polanski's most underrated films. Twenty years from now people will give this film the respect it deserves and hail it to be the great film that it is.
Fist of all The Ninth Gate is not an action film. It's a slow-paced psychological thriller very similar in tone and style to Polanski's earlier films Chinatown and Frantic. Johnny Depp and Frank Langella both give great performances. Darius Khondji's photography is amazing and it has an even more amazing score by Kilar. The majority of the film was shot on location and is like a guided tour through Europe.
Ignore the negative reviews and comments from people who've been brainwashed and blinded by the current Hollywood fast-food style of film making with the intention of only appealing to the lowest common denominator. A review doesn't make a good film better or a bad film worse. A superb film. Rating 10 out of 10.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In one word, Excellent. May 4, 2004
Format:DVD
I love "The Ninth Gate". I have seen it many times since I first rented it back in the summer of 2000, and after buying it about a year or so later I have always made it a point to view it regularly. Director Roman Polanski has given us another masterpiece of horror with some good touches of comedy, all wrapped up in a cloak of atmosphere so thick that you could cut it with a knife. While I am not a die-hard fan of Polanski in the way I am with directors such as Tim Burton, I have seen and enjoyed very much three of his films: "Rosemary's Baby", "The Fearless Vampire Killers", and "Frantic", and have observed elements found in each of those three movies to be definitely present in this one. "The Ninth Gate" obviously has its maker's fingerprints all over it, which is good news for fans of his work.
"The Ninth Gate" works great as a detective story, which is really what it is more a horror film. Johnny Depp, my favorite actor hands down, takes us on a bizarrely fascinating journey through Portugal and France hoping to track down two of the three remaining copies of a book apparantly written by Satan himself during the Middle Ages. Along the way, we watch him being followed and see some suspicious setbacks occur, along with his dealings with his employer, a millionaire Satanist by the name of Boris Balkan.
The good things I have to say about this film: first, the directing is fantastic, atmospheric and spellbinding. You will be totally immersed in the goings-on of this film, in spite of its numerous quiet and thoughtful moments and overall slow-moving nature. The European location work is gorgeous ... we see some beautiful and sinister cities, castles, and countrysides. The movie looks and feels great.
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53 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One big adventure for Depp into the unknown November 5, 2003
Format:DVD
I watched this not knowing what was in store for me, and at the end of the movie, I was completely in awe of this powerful story. Johnny Depp's acting is good, but his somewhat scrawny body and his aged looks just weren't the reason why this movie kept me in my seat throughout. No doubt the story isn't very realistic - its basically about the forces - mainly the evil forces - in life - greed, lust, power... and Johnny Depp plays an underhanded book dealer who is employed by Balkan (Langella) to go on a trip to Europe to research an ancient Satanic book's authenticity. This entire movie is about Johnny Depp taking one long and life-threatening adventure tackling issues beyond what he normally avoids in real life.
Emmanuelle Seigner (and this is just some gossip for you - she's Polanski's wife in real-life!) plays the mysterious woman who appears to help Depp everytime he's faced with a life-or-death situation, and this casts suspicion on her true identity - is she human or is she not? What is she? These are all the questions that Polanski poses to the viewer as you go through the film watching Depp go through his journey which seems to be like a cat-and-mouse chase between him and the greedy people who are after the book's secrets. Seigner is completely mesmerising in her own right. She is very interesting to watch and so charismatic - and rightly so because Polanski filmed her in such a way that drenched her in an even deeper aura of mystery. Olin is good too, she is very convincing in a somewhat shallow role as an out-and-out money-grubbing chic French tramp who bites (literally).
There are certainly loads of questions left unanswered in the movie, but I think this is the intention of the director who wants you the viewer to make out the story how you want to see it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars total waist of time
Worst depp movie.
Published 8 hours ago by repete
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not one of Johnny's better movies.
The movie was painfully long and slow. I kept watching being a Johnny Depp fan. It did take 3 days to watch it. I do not recommend wasting your time. The End.
Published 1 day ago by C-3PO
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
It wasnt the best Johnny Depp movie but it was okay. I wouldnt watch it again.
Published 2 days ago by judy
5.0 out of 5 stars ... it so I bolt it from you'll because I Love this Movie
I had this Movie and I lost it so I bolt it from you'll because I Love this... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nannette b
2.0 out of 5 stars That does not mean this is a bad movie, but I did not like it
I so rarely give movies 2 stars. That does not mean this is a bad movie, but I did not like it. I had a lot of hopes coming in and was curious to see how Johnny Depp would... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rum Junkie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one
Very good movie. A suspenseful thrill with constant surprises. Depp is fine in the part
Published 3 days ago by Loren w Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars its good
Cant go wrong with Johnny Depp. EVER, well unless its The Lone Ranger. Never saw it and do not think i want to. Sorry Johnny. Gerat job you guys!!
Published 6 days ago by Darcy Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this really is a fantastic video. oddly slow, but lots of twists and great ending! watch it!
Published 10 days ago by David Lawless
1.0 out of 5 stars zzzzz-z....
I watched the entire movie. I'm still waiting for it to get better. Snooze fest
Published 10 days ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Johnny Depp is good in any movie he does. Good movie
Published 14 days ago by katy
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Hi, I bought this DVD a few weeks ago, and it doesn't have Spanish subtitles. It's only close-captioned in English.
Also, the only audio language is English (and NOT English, Spanish, Portuguese,..., as is -incorrectly- stated in the product description).
Apr 19, 2009 by Alvaro Sanz |  See all 2 posts
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I have the Samsung 3600 and the Ninth Gate will not play beyond the menu screen for me, either. I have updated firmware, but am not given any options on the menu screen such as play movie, scene selections, or language options. Since we are both experiencing the same problem, I'm thinking it's... Read More
Sep 22, 2009 by Robert P. |  See all 2 posts
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I think it is meant to be ambiguous. It is interesting that Corso (Depp) appears after Balkan's séance to invoke the Devil. But the Devil may be the unnamed woman (Seigner). According to legend, the Devil was an angel, and we are led to believe the unnamed woman is Corso's guardian angel. She... Read More
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