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V for Vendetta [Blu-ray] (2008)

Natalie Portman , Hugo Weaving , James McTeigue  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,425 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Charles Cork, Sinéad Cusack, Stephen Fry
  • Directors: James McTeigue
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,425 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PC0U1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "V for Vendetta [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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In-Movie Experience
Director’s Notebook: Re-imagining a Cult Classic for the 21st Century Behind the Story
Designing the Near Future
Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
Freedom! Forever!: Making V for Vendetta
England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics Additional Footage
Cat Power Montage (Music Video)
Saturday Night Live Digital Short - Natalie Portman SNL Trailers
Theatrical Trailer (Trailer #2)
Soundtrack Album Information

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Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Hugo Weaving) known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself - and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

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5 of 0 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary relevancy February 19, 2007
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This is an elegant, dark riveting film. It is thought provoking on many levels and draws scary parellels of current events and close pssibilities. Anyone paying attention to our current Government/Media unpresidented level of current cooperation will get the point of this movie. It is told in terms of a grafic, gripping story performed by superb actors. I will be thinking of this film for a long time and have just purchased it. Bea.
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776 of 884 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars V: Amazing and Thought Provoking Action ! March 16, 2006
"V for Vendetta" is going to confuse a lot of people. Nevertheless, and make no mistake about it, this is movie making of the highest order, combining all the finest elements of great storytelling into a potent roller coaster of a movie filled with great action,intellect and above all, ideas. Its message can - and will - easily be dismissed by naysayers as sophomoric or too "out there," or "anti-american" but there is also an earnestness here that will resonate strongly, and perhaps, frighteningly, to many viewers who will not fail to see the correlation between this fictional tale and the way the world we live in works.

Filled with stereotypes and archetypes, "V" is unapologetic in its essaying of morality and in its strongly held sentiment that this tale is "for the people, by the people." Brothers and writers Larry and Andy Wachowski (of Matrix fame) have infused their screenplay with the anger, confusion and hope captured in Alan Moore's original graphic novel - and it's better looking as a result.

I truly believe that many who see "V" will be upset by it, but hopefully more of us will be inspired by its bold, blatant message and take a good hard look at ourselves and the way the world works around us and see that, with sacrifice and thoughtfulness, the world can be changed.

As Evey, Natalie Portman is cast in something of the "victim" role, but she makes us route for her, and to her credit she goes beyond that making the transformation of her character not only believable, but in the end, noble.

Hugo Weaving - the man behind the mask - gives a performance that can only be described as mesmerizing. As "V" he exposes all of the strength and weakness of a character that is equal parts savior and villain.
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639 of 731 people found the following review helpful
Alan Moore's decision to want his name off the final credits for the film adaptation of V for Vendetta now makes sense. Moore has had a hate/hate relationship with Hollywood and the film industry in general. They've taken two of his other works in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell and bollocks'd them up (to borrow a term used quite abit in V for Vendetta). Outside of Watchmen, Alan Moore sees V for Vendetta as one of his more personal works and after reading the screenplay adaptation of the graphic novel by The Wachowski Brothers his decision afterwards was to demand his name be removed from the film if it was ever made. Part of this was his hatred of the film industry for their past mistakes and another being his wish for a perfect adaptation or none at all. Well, V for Vendetta by James McTeigue and The Wachowski Brothers is not a perfect film adaptation. What it turns out to be is a film that stays true to the spirit of Moore's graphic novel and given a modern, up-to-the-current news retelling of the world's state of affairs.

V for Vendetta starts off with abit of a prologue to explain the relevance of the Guy Fawkes mask worn by V throughout the film and the significance of the date of the 5th of November. I think this change in the story from the source material may be for the benefit of audiences who didn't grow up in the UK and have no idea of who Guy Fawkes was and what his Gunpowder Plot was all about. The sequence is short but informative. From then on we move on to the start of the main story and here the film adheres close enough to the source material with a few changes to the Evey character (played with skill that more than makes up for her Amidala performances) but not enough to ruin the character.
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120 of 139 people found the following review helpful
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The brilliant Hugo Weaving excels and Natalie Portman redeems herself (Princess Amidala, anyone?) in this all-too-relevant film. This film deals with many of the issues relevant to politics today and brilliantly skewers many characters who will seem very familiar from current events - politicians who exploit fear, blowhard talk-show hosts etc. Set in England after the demise of the US as a superpower, the film deftly refers to current political events as background to the rise of totalitarianism and ethnic cleansing. The central theme of the film is the trading of civil liberties for security, and the difficulty of undoing such a pact once it has been made.

The film also tackles many ethical issues such as vengeance and torture with what may be for some people uncomfortable conclusions.

Much has been written about Alan Moore (the original author) removing his name from the credits of the film, a decision which was based on the Wachowski Brothers (of Matrix fame) departing from the original text in their efforts to update it. However, the Wachowski's have created a masterpiece that adheres to the spirit of the original book whilst holding up a mirror to contemporary politics. Most importantly, the character of V (dandy, intellectual, mysterious) is largely untampered with.

Unsurprisingly for a film that is based on a comic book/graphic novel, the main characters almost border on archetypes, and this lends an appropriately comic-book feel to the film, and in this respect although it has no animation it has some similarity to films like Sin City.

The plot centers around the interaction of Hugo Weaving as V and Natalie Portman as Evey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good.
Published 1 day ago by Gary Woolsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall the movie has a great cast and great acting
Overall the movie has a great cast and great acting. The action scenes where " V" actually gets into action are far apart, but are short and sweet.
Published 1 day ago by Victor Lara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Vicious
Published 5 days ago by jesse fernandes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic. And parallels today's police and surveillance state
One of the classic dystopian movies. Many great parallels to today's police and surveillance state. I've given these out as gifts.
Published 5 days ago by Daniel Cofall
5.0 out of 5 stars Voluptuous use of the vernacular.
Always amazed at the alliteration in V's opening message to Evie.
Published 8 days ago by Patrick Dial
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Terrific movie, dialogue, acting and story. Looks like America 2014
Published 9 days ago by Ephraim
5.0 out of 5 stars It was truly a great movie. I wish that I could just keep ...
It was truly a great movie. I wish that I could just keep hitting replay.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping entertainment and social commentary in one!
This movie is food for thought. If you have concerns about coercion of the public and extremely organized governments, or you just need some inspiration to make a change for the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by M. M. Debs
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Amazing one of my all time favorites
Published 9 days ago by Quinn Marsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but will probably be outlawed
This movie will be outlawed just like 1984 and other stories. It is so good and draws such a clear picture of how big government actually works. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kevin Benjamin
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I remember reading somewhere that the maximum length of a review should be no longer than 1000 words. I've written 41 so far and had all of them published; I made sure that none of them broke the 1000 word mark... hope this helps.
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V: Anti-Christian?
I've found that a major problem with the modern Christian vs Atheist argument is that both sides end up presenting the other in the worst form that has been empirically observed and arguing against that formulation. When the worst form is presented and then attributed to all, most, or even a... Read More
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Would you call the French Resistance during WWII a group of terrorists? Technically, if you're going to define them purely by their actions and ignore their ideology, they would be. That's about as deep as your analysis goes. The government depicted in V can be a metaphor for where we _might_... Read More
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fave V for Vendetta QUOTE!
"Thank you, but I'd rather die behind the chemical sheds."
Oct 21, 2011 by Nathalie |  See all 4 posts
Censoring of Bad Reviews
As is clearly mentioned when one goes to write a review, it could take up to 24 hours to be posted. Therefore, to expect your review to appear "almost immediately" is ridicuous. Further, watch your review for inappropriate content. Is there any foul language or comments not suitable for... Read More
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