Day Watch (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov Starring: Konstantin Khabensky

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Product Overview

Only one thing stands between peace and Armageddon: the supernatural agents of Day Watch, who fight to control the armies of light and darkness. When the son of a senior Day Watch officer turns to the darkness, forces beyond the imagination are unleashed and the fate of the world hangs in the balance!

Like The Matrix, Day Watch combines cutting-edge digital effects and mind-blowing action to create a stunningly original world.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 208173141
UPC 024543545750
UPC 14 00024543545750
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/31/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Fantasy
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Good Vs. Evil
Russia
Science-Fiction
Theatrical Release
Vampires
Editors Note
Note This sequel to the Russian film NIGHT WATCH centers on an epic battle between forces of good and evil. An uneasy truce has kept the armies at bay for centuries, but that peace is about to end, and it will pit vampires, psychics, and witches against one another. Both factions, the Day Watch and the Night Watch, have beings of extraordinary power called "Great Others," and if these two people meet, a supernatural war will begin. Anton Gorodetsky (Konstantin Khabensky) finds himself torn between his son, the dark side's Great Other, and the woman he loves, the champion for the Light Others.^DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) explodes in the mind-bending space between THE MATRIX and UNDERWORLD. The Russian film boasts the same visual verve as THE MATRIX, and it's just as revolutionary. Director Timur Bekmambetov is operating on a completely different level of creativity than most of his peers, fashioning a unique world and jaw-dropping set pieces. The fate of the universe hangs in the balance, but DAY WATCH doesn't take itself too seriously. From humor in the subtitles themselves to jokes at the expense of the Russian bureaucracy, there's a lot of fun to be had at the dawn of the apocalypse. Though NIGHT WATCH was an enjoyable experience, Bekmambetov ups the ante with this sequel, improving on the original in every way. DAY WATCH may clock in at an epic 140 minutes, but it's a tight film filled with action and style.
Reviews
Box Office "DAY WATCH is playfully rendered....[With] quick shifts in tone from dramatic noir to absurd humor, from horror to romance." 06/01/2007 p..86
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "DAY WATCH offers more bedlam and comes jam-packed with spectacle..." 11/01/2007 p.147
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] eye-bulging stunts....[And more] bravado than a good proportion of multiplex Holly-fodder..." 11/01/2007 p.54
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "Timur Bekmambetov confidently assembles the complicated plot....It's a rich film....The major achievement is that it establishes its own tradition." 11/01/2007 p.56
Sight and Sound "There are some real showstoppers among the CGI-fuelled special effects....The gleefully anything-goes tone is set right from the start..." 11/01/2007 p.53
Directors
Timur Bekmambetov
Actors
Konstantin Khabensky
Cast & Crew
Valery Zolotukhin - Star
Maria Poroshina - Star
Galina Tunina - Star
Konstantin Khabensky - Star
Victor Verzhbitsky - Star
Vladimir Menshov - Star
Sergei Trofimov - Director of Photography
Sergei Lukianenko - Screenwriter
Timur Bekmambetov - Screenwriter
Konstantin Ernst - Producer
Anatoli Maksimov - Producer
Yuri Poteyenko - Composer
Alexander Talal - Screenwriter
Timur Bekmambetov - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 2254575
UPC 00024543545750
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 142 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Russian
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, French Dubbed, Korean Dubbed, Russian, Spanish Dubbed, Cantonese Dubbed, Mandarin Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Commentary Track
Review Naming sequels that are better than the original is a favorite movie lover trivia game. I have a new movie to add to that select group now, the splendid Russian fantasy Day Watch. Deliriously inventive and absurdly entertaining, Day Watch is a sequel to the merely good Night Watch...Night Watch was largely concerned with introductions. Introducing the audience to the characters, and the characters to each other to set up the story...Day Watch opens with a brief reprise of the prologue and a briefer recap of the events from Night Watch, but after that it never slows down for introductions or explanations...Story and characterization in Day Watch are frequently developed through fantastic (in both senses) action set-pieces. The art design, costumes and effects are wonderfully imaginative and the film is the equal of a Hollywood blockbuster in technical achievement. Day Watch kept me in a state of excited anticipation all the way to its very satisfying conclusion...I can't end without a tribute to the absolutely amazing subtitles. Words in a line of dialogue appear on the screen in sequence to capture the rhythm of the spoken line. Excited words literally pulse. Words of anger and passion become red and engorged. The subtitles continue the visual aesthetic of the film and reinforce the dramatic content.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Helen Geib
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Dreamwatch Total Sci Fi
Review It's probably a good idea to see the original movie, Night Watch, before coming to this sequel, as from the very start the narrative moves at a breakneck speed, thrusting you right into the action without explanation...The initial hour of Day Watch is actually quite entertaining as the seeds of an intriguing story are planted. A strange mix of buddy buddy police thriller and sweetly played romantic comedy, it's a promisingly humorous and irreverent start...Sadly, as the narrative unfolds, it becomes a rather excessive, noisy action romp that drops story and character in favour of overly stylised visuals and flamboyant but empty action sequences. Day Watch serves to prove that it's not just Hollywood that can deliver spectacle without content...At just under two and a half hours in length, this sequel is also too too long. The story seems to be building towards a big climax which, unfortunately, never really materialises...Despite its flaws, fans of Night Watch will probably find much to enjoy. The effects are impressive, with scenes of a car blasting across the side of a building and time stopping and starting shown in exquisite detail, and the novel way that subtitles are displayed is still creative and witty...It's worth a thousand Underworlds, but ultimately Day Watch is as hollow as it is beautiful.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Jonathan Wilkins
ReviewRating 6
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Khabensky,Konstanti
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Gabriel Powers, DVDActive There's a little bit of everything that makes modern film exciting...offbeat characters, epic action, a genre-spanning story line, and genuine romance.
IonCinema.com ...rivals anything on display in Lord of the Rings...louder, faster and meaner than 300.
Jim Hemphill, Reel.com ...a sci-fi action extravaganza that's faster, funnier, and more original than any summer sequel since Batman Begins.
Leslie Felperin, Variety Bursting with incident and FX, "Day Watch" will delight fans of its predecessor...
New York Magazine A dazzling mix of visual effects and amazing action sequences.

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