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The Prestige (2006)

Hugh Jackman , Christian Bale , Christopher Nolan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (777 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie
  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Writers: Christopher Nolan, Christopher Priest, Jonathan Nolan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: 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: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (777 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC55F2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,009 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Prestige" on IMDb

Special Features

"The Director's Notebook: The Cinematic Sleight Of Hand Of Christopher Nolan" -- Conjuring The Past; The Visual Maze; Metaphors Of Deception; Tesla: The Man Who Invented The Twentieth Century; Resonances

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Award-winning actors Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson star in THE PRESTIGE, the twisting, turning story that, like all great magic tricks, stays with you. Two young, passionate magicians, Robert Angier (Jackman), a charismatic showman, and Alfred Borden (Bale), a gifted illusionist, are friends and partners until one fateful night when their biggest trick goes terribly wrong. Now the bitterest of enemies, they will stop at nothing to learn each other's secrets. As their rivalry escalates into a total obsession full of deceit and sabotage, they risk everything to become the greatest magician of all time. But nothing is as it seems, so watch closely. And be prepared to watch it again and again.

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162 of 198 people found the following review helpful
2006 has been a quiet year for event films. The predicted blockbusters this past summer pretty much underperformed despite some being exactly as good as I thought they'd be. Other than Johnny Depp and the gang's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, every blockbuster didn't blow the industry out of the water. It's a very good thing that I had smaller films to tide me over. This year has been a very good ones for some independent-minded and smaller films which came out during the slow first couple months of the year and during the graveyard release months between the end of summer and the start of the late year holidays. I've already had the chance to see such very good films like Running Scared from Wayne Kramer and Hard Candy from David Slade to The Proposition from John Hillcoat. I am glad to say that Christopher Nolan's film adaptation of Christopher Priest's novel, The Prestige is another non-blockbuster that excites, entertains and, in the end, keeps the audience mystified but not confused.

I've read Christopher Priest's novel about dueling late 19th-century London magicians. It's a novel written in epistolary format with each chapter and section written as entries into the journal of one of the main characters in the story. The novel itself is pretty straightforward as it tells the story in near chronological order. I was hesistant to embrace this film adaptation when I first heard about it since alot of the mystery of of the story wouldn't translate so well in film if they followed the strict order of how the story was told in the novel. For Christopher Nolan and his brother, Jonathan, to just adapt the novel straight-out would've made for a dull and boring mystery-thriller.
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125 of 156 people found the following review helpful
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Like many other reviewers, I came into Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" with high expectations. He, thus far, has a pretty good track record in my book. "Batman Begins" ranks highly among adult comic book movies, but prior to that--he scored big with the sublime "Memento" and the underappreciated "Insomnia" (where, miraculously, he coaxed restrained performances from both Al Pacino and Robin Williams). So teaming Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in a dark and twisty tale of obsession and revenge seemed like movie nirvana. And "The Prestige," while not a perfect film, certainly provides its leads with robust roles and delivers much to admire.

Set in the world of magic, two practitioners (Bale and Jackman) start out together in an act devised by Michael Caine. When a tragedy strikes, Jackman loses his wife and holds Bale accountable. Though they go their separate ways, they never mentally disconnect. Jackman plots revenge, Bale retaliates and their lives become a complex game of one-upmanship--as each strives to be the better illusionist, to boast the better trick. The film is a sleek and nasty mechanism as rage and jealousy propel the action. While this has left some people feeling cold--there is no one to particularly root for--I found it refreshingly mean spirited and believable. Jackman and Bale both give great, passionate performances. Whether or not you like the movie, I think it would be hard not to see that these are two undervalued performers getting a chance to do some "big" acting. Caine is terrific, as always, and Scarlett Johansson is perfect as a woman caught between the feuding warriors.

As you might expect from a Nolan film, there are some surprises--some tricks to be revealed in the film's prestige.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Films that Got Overlooked January 8, 2007
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Proof positive that director Christopher Nolan, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are among the finest, richest talents in Hollywood, "The Prestige" is a wickedly clever and riveting tale of all consuming obsession. Don't be fooled by the magic angle. This is a classic tale that simply uses rival magicians and the tricks of their trade to illustrate what all-too driven individuals are willing to unleash on one another in the name of one-upsmanship and superiority. Bale and Jackman are terrific as the pair of rival magic men who try to destroy each other, their destructive animosity etched on their faces. And its a showcase for the considerable talents of Christopher Nolan, who (along with his screenwriter kin Johnathon Nolan) executes one the most impressively acrobatic balancing acts in cinematic storytelling with the ease of a born illusionist. Set in turn of the century England, magicians Alfred Borden (Bale) and Robert Angier (Jackman) toil to ascend to the upper echelons of the London entertainment circuit, under the tutelage of Cutter (the always superb Michael Caine), an experienced magician's aide. Borden's and Angier's relationship turns poisionous after a tragic accident during a routine show, and both attempt to sabotage to other's attempt to rebuild their stiymied careers until Borden unveils a mind-boggling trick called the "Transported Man," and Angier is driven nearly insane trying to discover Borden's methods that may (or may not) involve revolutionary new electrical technology developed by Nikola Tesla (a suprisingly restrained and haunting David Bowie). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 2 days ago by L. Hatfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
watch it and you'll see why 5 stars
Published 2 days ago by HLD4
1.0 out of 5 stars YUCK
VERY BORING MOVIE-I threw it away
Published 3 days ago by T E Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars why i waited so long to watch this i don't know
fantastic movie. It had an ending you wouldn't expect!
Published 3 days ago by Sam B Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exciting and full of twists!
Published 3 days ago by Jamie M Rempe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Convoluted plot superbly done
Published 5 days ago by Louise Roos
4.0 out of 5 stars The Prestige is riveting
An intricate tale of love, deceit, revenge, mystery and magic. In a world of illusions and misdirection this movie will keep you guessing until the very end.
Published 9 days ago by Fred W. Hartman
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Jackman is also very good but you get the sense his performance...
Solid Christopher Nolan offering. Michael Caine is as solid as always though he sometimes mumbles at the beginning and is hard to understand. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Timothy Kimani
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you thinking
Need to watch it more than once. May find it hard to follow.
This movie is definitely for thinkers and detail oriented individuals.
Published 11 days ago by Gravy
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Ending
This movie is pretty dark -- one is not sure if there is an occolt element going on -- after all in a story, the author can do anything. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Chet Haibel
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Subtitles..?
this might be way too late, but yes it does
May 11, 2010 by tipoftheiceberg |  See all 2 posts
nikolai tesla
I disagree with Nies feelings about Bowie's performance. The fault doesn't lie with Bowie, but with Christopher Nolan, the director, and the writer. It's clear in the movie that they felt it integral to make the Tesla character more withdrawn in order that his existence and accomplishments carry... Read More
May 9, 2007 by alex bushman |  See all 13 posts
picture quality of the Prestige?
Yes! Look for the Blu-Ray review on IGN.com and Hidefdigest.com, both saying it has one of the best transfers on Blu-Ray and from my own experience (I own it), it is fantastic. The only thing to be desired is more extras.
May 11, 2010 by tipoftheiceberg |  See all 3 posts
Will there be a deluxe edition?
Eventually we'll see a special edition but that's usually dictated by 1) the success of the movie 2) how well it sells on home video 3)when the film stops selling on home video companies elect to stimulate additional sales by introducing a special edition.

At least that's usually the case.
Mar 6, 2007 by Wayne Klein |  See all 9 posts
The Prestige or The Illusionist?
I agree, I liked them both.
I own the Illusionist and can't wait to buy the Prestige.
Feb 12, 2007 by P. Morris |  See all 28 posts
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