The Illusionist [Blu-ray]
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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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Loved the movie, despite the worthless critics, etc. Imaginative. ONly wish they would have used a more talented (yes, I am biased) shall we say talented/bosomy actress. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Big critic or supporter
I have always been a fan of Edward Norton. In my opinion, he is an extremely talented actor and makes you believe every illusion.Published 8 days ago by Joan
Its kind of a chick-flick but its a well-written, intelligent, and engaging chick flick that a guy like me can watch and enjoy.Published 10 days ago by David R
Another great Edward Norton movie. Cinematography was great, visual effects were great, and the story was captivating. Well worth the watch.Published 27 days ago by B. A. Scott
This show is so intriguing! I watched it a few times and picked up something different each time. The actors are believable and the story is inspiring and intelligent!Published 1 month ago by Jodie
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